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Error 1203 cartridge error

Error 1203, using refilled cartridges. how to correct

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  • Carl Sizemore
    Carl Sizemore May 11, 2010

    I'm not sure I understand the question are you using refilled cartridges and the printer wont accept them or are you using new cartridges and the printer is mistakenly seeing them as refilled. A little more info will help

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    Carl

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There seems to be something wrong with the color cartridge that i had refilled. Even though the place that refills them says theres nothing wrong with it, the printer wont accept it. I just removed it :) thanks!

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Printer would not print. Says see error #1203 in users guide.


By any chance is your printer a Lexmark?

1203 Error Message indicates a problem with an ink cartridge. Can be a communication failure between the printheads (cartridges) and the printer or a short in one of the printheads.

Commonly occurrs with refilled ink cartridges and indicates the cartridge has been overfilled.

If powering off and restarting the printer does not correct the problem, to remedy, remove the ink cartridges, check for leaking or excess ink on the cartridge contacts; clean the cartridge contacts using a water dampened q-tip. See for illustrated instructions:

http://support.lexmark.com/index?page=content&id=HO2322&locale=EN&userlocale=EN_US
If the problem is with over-filled cartridges, to avoid a repeat, you may need to wick out some excess ink by placing cartridge on a damp paper towel.
If these steps do not resolve your issue or your problem is not with a Lexmark printer, please reply with the make and model number of your printer for an alternate solution.

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Dec 01, 2011 | Printers & Copiers

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Hi, i'm getting error message 1203 on the printer and we've lost the user's manual. Can you tell me what this is?


Error 1203 is a very interesting error code. Here is what I found out about error 1203



Error 1203 is a very interesting cartridge error. It means your cartridges overflow even from brand new cartridges after a several prints or right after you refilled the cartridges. Check to see if ink are smeared on the holder where the contact panel with the cartridge


Solution:
I use the lint free cloth(coffee filter work great) with a few drops of water to dampen and clean off those contact on the holder and my printer work again.
Then before you print anything, you should run aligned the cartridges a couple times then run clean cartridges a couple times.
Print the test page to see how it's look and way you go.
Be sure not to leave any debris of lint free cloth(coffee filter work great on those holder contact panel.

Article on refilling Dell ink cartridges


Rick

Sep 10, 2011 | Dell 926 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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The printer read Cartridte error 1203 I am reading the manuel but I do not understand how to fix it to print. I do not have it connected to the computer I just want to make copies.


Are you using Dell Series 9 ink cartridges?

Error 1203 is a very interesting error code. Here is what I found out about error 1203



Error 1203 is a very interesting cartridge error. It means your cartridges overflow even from brand new cartridges after a several prints or right after you refilled the cat ridges. Check to see if ink are smeared on the holder where the contact panel with the cartridge


Solution:
I use the lint free cloth(coffee filter work great) with a few drops of water to dampen and clean off those contact on the holder and my printer work again.
Then before you print anything, you should run aligned the cartridges a couple times then run clean cartridges a couple times.
Print the test page to see how it's look and way you go.
Be sure not to leave any debris of lint free cloth(coffee filter work great on those holder contact panel.


Rick

May 30, 2011 | Dell 926 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Dell all in one printer 964... Error message 1203... What does this mean? I recently had the ink refilled at Walmart. The printer did work after the ink was refilled, but now it's being very odd and will...


Hi there

Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad...

1 - try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..
or
2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.

All the best Pineworks

Apr 27, 2010 | Dell 966 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Hi my name is Hector,on my 2.5 inch display it say cartridge erro error #1203. I checked my users guide it dosnt say anything about error numbers.


Error 1203 is a very interesting error code. Here is what I found out about error 1203

It's mean your catridges overflow even from brand new catridges after a several prints or right after you refilled the catridges. Check to see if ink are smeared on the holder where the contact panel with the catridge. I have the same problem which I think lexmark have a problem and overlook.
Solution:
I use the klennex with a few drops of water to dampen and clean off those contact on the holder and my printer work again.
The refill ink work very well if you let it sit 24 hrs. Then before you print anything, you should run aligned the catridges a couple times then run clean catridges a couple times.
Print the test page to see how it's look and way you go.
Be sure not to leave any debris of klennex on those holder contact panel.


or try this other option:


Dell All-in-One Printer Cartridge Error 1203.

I found if you cover a copper contact on the color cartridge the error clears and the cartridge works. Looking from the contact side for the color cartridge 2nd row contact 2 from the left. I found if I use an ohm meter from 2nd to 3rd contact I measure 119 ohms. I believe that is a shorted cartridge. If you bought it New I would get it replaced. I use a SMALL square piece of Scotch tape. I believe this will work on Lexmark printers.

Jan 06, 2010 | Dell 966 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Ink.leaked.from.refil.now.readserror#1203.cartridg...


You can refill the cartridges with ink but what they don't tell you is the cartidges can only be use 3-4 times if not less...the electronic package on the cartridge is not designed for multiple use. You may have to install all new cartidges and if the system has been corrupt, you may to uninstall and re-install the device for it to work.

Aug 27, 2009 | Lexmark X5470 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Error # 1203 Cartridge Error


Have you recently refilled or replaced any of the cartridges. 1203 is usually one of two things.

1. An overfilled cartridge (fixed by wrapping in damp paper towel for a bit until excess ink wicks out)
2. Ink smeared on contacts (fixed by cleaning contacts on cartridge and on printer's cartridge housing)

Aug 05, 2009 | Lexmark X7350 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Lexmark colour ink cartridge error 1203


try these steps
  1. Press Power to turn off your printer.
  2. Unplug it from the wall outlet.
  3. Plug in it again.
  4. Reinstall the cartridges.(not the printer software)

Jun 30, 2009 | Lexmark X5470 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Dell 964 printer error code 1203


Ok can try this

Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad...

1 - try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..
or
2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.

Apr 16, 2009 | Dell Photo 964 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Error 1203


Are you using a refilled cartridge1.gif or refilling your cartridge yourself?

Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer1.gif cartridge Slot is bad... Try to cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..
If that doesn't work, then you might try a new black cartridge and possibly a color cartridge too.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.
Mac
Please remember to post a feedback and or rating if my suggestion has helped you fix your problem.

Note: Refilling carts may damage the contacts of the carts as well as the printer (From a printer companies website)

(repeating this message again, for some reason this site logged me off and It didn't give me credit for the post)
Mac =)

Feb 13, 2008 | Lexmark X4270 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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