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I need to disassemble an HP Photosmart C8180 to get at the CMOS battery. I have the very common 0xc18a0401 Ink System Failed and because I have the C8180 I cannot do with the various suggestions on this forum or any others because I DO NOT have the same control panel as the 6180, 5180, and whatever else has the better control panel. I seen a post somewhere where it is suggested to remove the CMOS battery, and that it worked in 2 of 11 printers. I ain't got nothing to lose. Well maybe some 12 guage slugs but it would be worth it.

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Hi there you can try this may work,


Solution one: Reset the product
1. Without turning off the product, disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
1. Remove the cartridges from the product.
2. Wait for the 'Insert Cartridges ' message to display on the control panel.
3. Disconnect the power cord from the back of the product.
4. Wait 60 seconds.
5. Reconnect the power cord. If the product does not automatically turn on, press the Power button ( ).
6. Reinsert the cartridges, and then close any open doors on the product.
7. If you receive a prompt to print a calibration page, do so.
8. Reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product, and then try printing again.
9. If you have completed all the steps listed above and are still experiencing a problem, you need to service the product.
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Posted on May 06, 2010

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This didn't/doesn't work.
You need to remove the battery to reset the cmos. Taking it to have it serviced will cost more than replacing the cartridge. Don't waste your money.

Posted on Nov 02, 2011

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