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Re: Inkjet printer disposal
Hi, You could either advertise it on an auction site for spares or your local shop. You could advertise it "Free to collector" as spare only!! If you didn't want to do either your local rubbish tip as they will take electrical appliances for no charge and if they can they will also recycle. Here in the UK some charities will take un-wanted electrical appliances and will repair it or use parts to fix something else, they will then sell it on raising money for charity. Or you could simply break it up and put it in the bin, with other household rubbish. Hope this has give you a few ideas!!
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If you're throwing it away, take a hammer to it. Once it's been fairly well destroyed, you should be able to find the memory card, and trash it. If not, trash all the internal boards. This has the added benefit of letting you work off a little everyday annoyance.
That's the simplest way, and the way the DOE/DOD does it, as well as many corporations....except they use an industrial shredder.
You don't. Dell printers are made to be disposable. Nicer machines can be worked on limitedly but really all consumer grade ink printers are disposable. Sad I know. I would reccomend staying away from Dell, Lexmark, IBM and Kodak as they are all made by Lexmark. Generally not the highest quality machines with expensive ink. New Canon machines that take the CLI-221 cartridges are very nice along with most new HPs.
I have some bad news--unless you can find a local shop to fix it, the printer is no longer working and will have to be replaced. These days printers are mostly throw-away and even our local printer shop says they can't get parts. Dell in particular, being built by Lexmark, is hard to fix.
try removing the color cartridge and reseating it. If that doesn't work, wipe the electrical contacts on the cartridge and inside the printer (cartridge holder) with a clean soft colth. If that doesn't work, I don't have another solution. I wouldn't try buying a new cartridge, I tried that with a cheap HP and got the same result. Personnally, I think of these cheap (inexpensive) printers as disposable--I use them until I encounter a problem the throw them away and get another. I mean, the printer costs less than ink cartridges for medium quality printers that have a slightly lower failure rate. If you want a printer that will last, you're going to have to spend more. The $100 Canons are highly ranked by Consumer Reports. My $.02 worth.
I would say the most likely cause of the issue is either that the printer is no longer functioning or that it is experiencing power issues. Make sure that the printer is plugged in directly to the wall and not into a surge protector or a power strip. The printer does not share power well and pulls it in large amounts - when it can't get it it throws little power fits and sometimes will not turn on at all. Try another wall outlet and see if you can get it to power on.