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HO C7280 ink system failure message 0xc18a001

I have the ink system failure message about 3 weeks ago... 0xc18a001 after having my 7280 for about 2 years.

I did a master reset and it was back to normal... for the 1st time. Yesterday, the same message came out again.

Did #*123, change cartridges, shift the small white gear... nothing works. The error message keeps coming up.

I am using compatible ink cartridges... do you think that could be the problem? One thing though... when I remove all the cartridges.... and turn it on... it still showed the error message!

Not sure if I want to go buy HP original cartridges to test it out. If it still fails... then I would be wasting money.

Any ideas? Thanks.

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SOURCE: "Wrong Cartridges" Error HP C5180 now Failed ink system.

Please perform the following steps:


A. - Press and hold the “left arrow” key.
B. - Press the “Setup” key and release both keys.
Display should say “Enter Special Key Combo”
C. - Press and release the “OK” button

Display should say “Support” and display the FW rev (something like R0616R)


Now, perform the following instructions:
1. Press and release the right arrow button until the displaysays “System Configuration Menu” 2. Press and release the “OK” button.3. Display should say “Hardware failure status”. If not there already, Arrow Key over to “Hardware failure status”,
4. Press and release the “OK” button.5. Display should say “Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear”.6. Press and release the “OK” Button. Message changes to “Hardware failure status Cleared. Press Cancel to continue”.7. Press and release the “CANCEL” button as many times as necessary, so that, either the “Welcome to Photosmart Express” screen appears, or, the “Ink System Failure” screen appears. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO PRINT AT THIS STAGE.8. Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the printer and wall outlet.9. Wait 30 seconds for the power to get discharged and then plug the power cable into the wall outlet first and then into the back of the printer10. Turn the unit on. The printer may display message “USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER” followed by “PRESS OK TO CONTINUE”. Press OK. 11. If the printer has already initialized, then go to the next step. If not, the printer will start the “ONE TIME INK INITIALIZATION PROCESS”. Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.
12. To verify printer functionality print a SELF TEST PAGE. If SELF TEST prints, then printer is ready for use or Software Installation.13. If the error is still there, or reoccurs replace the unit.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008

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Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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SOURCE: Ink System Failure: Errow:Oxc18a001 with a HP C7280

Hello,

Check our web site at: www.ccl-la.com/hp.htm We have a step by step guide to correct this problem. This error is caused by air in the ink feed tubes and the guide will help you do a purge on the lines.

I hope this helps, If so please rate my solution.

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Posted on Aug 19, 2009

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Hi,

There is a document that i have pasted so please check the link .
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01933252&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3204785

ALL THE BEST HOPE IT WORKS .........

Posted on Feb 21, 2010

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SOURCE: My HP photosmart C5180 has a Ink System Failure

The ink system failure message has a chance to be fixed or it may be a permanent issue. It
can be pointing toward a firmware failure in the printer and if that is the case the
following steps should fix it.
Press and hold the “*” key. Press the “#” key and release both keys.
Display should say “Enter Special Key Combo”
Press and release in sequence the "1”, “2” and “3” buttons.
Display should say “Support” and display the FW rev (something like R0631R)
Mine reads R0631M
. Press and release the right arrow button until the display says “System Configuration
Menu”.
Press and release the “OK” button.
Display should say “Hardware failure status”. If not there already, Arrow Key over to
“Hardware failure status”,
Press and release the “OK” button.
Display should say “Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear”.
Press and release the “OK” Button. Message changes to “Hardware failure status Cleared.
Press Cancel to continue”.
Press and release the “CANCEL” button as many times as necessary, so that, either the
“Welcome to Photosmart Express” screen appears, or, the “Ink System Failure” screen appears.
PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO PRINT AT THIS STAGE.
Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the
printer and wall outlet.
Wait 30 seconds for the power to get discharged and then plug the power cable into the wall
outlet first and then into the back of the printer.
Turn the unit on. The printer may display message “USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER”
followed by “PRESS OK TO CONTINUE”. Press OK. The Printer will start the “ONE TIME INK
INITIALIZATION PROCESS”. Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the
initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.

Good Luck!

As a side note if the printer cannot overcome the error the only printer still sold that takes 02 cartridges is the Photosmart C8180.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010

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