Question about HP Photosmart 8250 InkJet Printer
After inserting all new HP cartridges and running the "alignment" procedure, got error message on printer display: calibration failed.
Talked to HP support techs who had me clean where the cartridges are inserted with damp que tip, then re-insert cartridges. Still got the same message when trying to align. They then told me it was a hardware problem and would require me to sent printer in for repair (not feasible from cost standpoint) or just buy a new printer and they would give me a rebate. Their offer was less than interesting to me.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Start the cartridge alignment by performing a series of button presses from the front panel of the product.
Posted on Nov 12, 2007
SOURCE: align cartridges error
This means one of the cartridges is defective, they cant align if they cant print. What i did to fix this problem is insert 2 working cartridges and get it to align properly, even if they are low on ink, then lift the cover and the cartridges will move to the center. When this happens pull the power cable out, then insert the full non functioning cartridge. Plug the power cable back in. I tried this with a color cartridge, the color cartridge was non functioning but i was able to print in black.
Basically you align the cartridges and then swap them so the printer thinks they are still aligned.
The color still doesnt work and it is probably a defective color cartridge.
Posted on Sep 13, 2008
There is a small spring that holds the ink cartridge in the ink holder. You will see it stick out from the right hand side of the ink holder where the ink cartridge slides in. If that spring isn't being held to the ink holder by two plastic tabs, (I.E. the plastic tabs are broken) the printer will never recognize the cartridge. If the printer is still under warranty I would contact HP or an authorized repair center for HP. Both the black and color ink holder has this spring. I know of no way to repair this kind of breakage.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
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