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Lexmark X7170 It will print a few pages then says "carrier stall". On checking there is nothing blocking inside but the cartridges do not move into the middle when the cover is lifted.

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Ahh..not too good..that's a sure sign that there's a jam inside of the unit..open it up, after powering down, and inspect it thoroughly

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Carrier jam lexmark x7170


It could be due to the cartridges or the encoder strip (transparent strip found behind the cartridge carrier) has gotten loose from its position. Please follow steps below to identify and fix the problem:
1. Open the printer cover and remove both the cartridges. Note: If the carrier does not automatically move to the center, turn off the printer/unplug the printer from the power source and then slide the carrier to the center.2. Check the encoder strip and make sure it is secured in its place.3. Close the printer cover.4. Re-brick your printer. Pull out the power supply, black box where the power cord is plugged in at the back of the printer, and put it back after 30 seconds.5. When the printer turns on, reinsert one cartridge first. Close the printer cover and check for any errors.6. If no error appears, reinsert the other cartridge. Close the printer cover.7. Replace whichever cartridge is causing the error to appear with a new cartridge.8. If no error appears, try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.
Let me know if this helps. Thanks.

Nov 01, 2011 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Cartridge error 1203


The 1203 error indicates either a communication failure between one of your cartridges and your printer or a short in one of the cartridges. Please follow the steps below to fix the problem:

1. Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Wait 30 seconds, then reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on. Did the error message return?


Yes: Continue to step 2.
No: Print a test page. If the test page prints, the error is resolved.


2. Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit.


3. Remove both cartridges from the AIO. Close the top cover, reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on. Did the error message return?


Yes: There is a hardware problem with the printer. Continue to Contacting Lexmark.
No: Continue to Step 4.


4. Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit.


5. Insert the color cartridge. Close the top cover, reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on. Did the error message return?


Yes: Continue to Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts, and then repeat steps 4 and 5 of this procedure. If you have already tried cleaning the contacts, continue to Defective Cartridge Test.
No: Continue to step 6.


6. Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit.


7. Insert the black/photo cartridge. Close the top cover, reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on. Did the error message return?


Yes: Continue to Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts, then repeat steps 6 and 7. If you have already tried cleaning the contacts, continue to Defective Cartridge Test.
No: Print a test page. If the test page prints, the error is resolved.


Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts

1. Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit.

2. Remove the cartridges. Clean the cartridge contacts (How to Clean the Print Cartridge Nozzles and Contacts Manually).



Source: 1203 Error Message on the Lexmark X7170 All-In-One

Oct 08, 2011 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Lexmark printer x7170 cartridge error 1203


The 1203 error indicates either a communication problem between your cartridges and the printer or a short in one of your cartridges. Please follow the steps below to identify and fix this issue:

1. Make sure the printer is on.

2. Open the printer cover. The print cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading position, unless the All-in-One is busy.

Note: If the carrier does not automatically move to the center, turn off the printer/unplug the printer from the power source and then slide the carrier to the center.

3. Remove both cartridges from the carrier.

4. Close the printer cover.

5. Re-brick your printer. Pull out the power supply, black box where the power cord is plugged in at the back of the printer, and put it back after 30 seconds.

6. When the printer turns on, reinsert one cartridge first.

7. Close the printer cover and check for any errors.

8. If no error appears, reinsert the other cartridge. Close the printer cover.

9. Replace whichever cartridge is causing the error to appear with a new cartridge.


If problem continues, please contact Lexmark Technical Support Center for additional assistance.

Sep 19, 2011 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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The "on-off" light is flashing steadly... while


The flashing light could either indicate a cartridge problem or the printer carrier has stalled.
Test the cartridges one by one and do the printer hardware test (refer to the relevant document for your printer) to establish which one is defective. The defective cartridge needs to be changed. To do the hardware test, follow the steps below:
  1. Switch the printer off.
  2. Put one sheet of paper into the paper feeder.
  3. Press and hold the power button and the paper feed button for three seconds until the power light comes on.
  4. Release both buttons. After three seconds, the printer will start to print. You should obtain a page containing a series of horizontal color lines, and a thick black line below these. All the lines should be solid.
  5. When the test is complete, switch off the printer. NOTE: If you do not turn off the printer, it will keep on printing this page.
To check if you have a cartridge carrier stall, follow steps below:
  1. First unplug the printer.
  2. Move the cartridges to the left by hand. In order to do this, you need to grip the top of the carrier belt (a black/grey belt with cog-like teeth) and pull it towards the right-hand side of the printer.
  3. Once the cartridges have been moved across, you can clip them out.
  4. Try to print without the cartridges in the carrier.
  5. If you no longer have a carrier stall, put the cartridges back into the carrier and clip them into place.
Try to print a document to check if printer is working properly now.
If problem continues, please contact Lexmark Technical Support Center for additional assistance.
Sources: - Lights Flashing on the Printer - How to Perform the Hardware Test on the Lexmark X74/X75

Jun 25, 2011 | Lexmark X75 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Clear the carrier jam


Lift the Flat Bed Scanner up so that you can find the Cartridges Inside.
Remove the Cartridges from the Printer.
Move the Cartridge Carrier Back and Forth as fast as you can!
Replace the Cartridges back to the Printer!
Good Luck!!!!

Mar 09, 2011 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Hi, I have a lexmark x7170 and keep getting an error message "unsupported cartridge". Help please!!


If you receive an error message that tells you that you have an unsupported cartridge, then you need to remove the cartridge. After installing the appropriate type of ink cartridge you should no longer receive the error message and you can then perform a print test.
Instruction on how avoid unsupprted cartridge message.
  1. Lift up the scanner unit (with the power on). The printer cartridge carrier will move to the top of the printer into the loading position.
  2. Press down on the lever above the cartridge and then raise the cartridge lid. Remove the cartridge and make sure the cartridge supports no more than four colors (cyan, yellow, magenta and black) and a speed of 22 parts per notation.
  3. Insert the compatible ink cartridge into the carrier and then lower the cartridge lid. Close the scanner unit, then make sure plain white paper is inserted into the paper loader.
  4. Press the "OK" button on the control panel and the unsupported cartridge message should be gone. Press the "Select" button and a test alignment page will print.

Nov 21, 2010 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Lexmark X5495,Error 1203, Says Clear Carrier Jam


Power off the All-In-One (AIO) and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Wait 30 seconds, then reinsert the power supply and power the AIO on.
Did the error message return?
Yes: Continue to step 2.
No: Print a test page. If the test page prints, the error is resolved.
2 Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit. 3 Remove both cartridges from the AIO. Close the top cover, reinsert the power supply, and power the All-In-One (AIO) on.
Did the error message return?
Yes: There is a hardware problem with the printer. Continue to Contacting Lexmark.
No: Continue to Step 4.
4 Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit. 5 Insert the color cartridge. Close the top cover, reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on.
Did the error message return?
Yes: Continue to Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts, then repeat steps 4 and 5. If you have already tried cleaning the contacts, continue to Defective Cartridge Test.
No: Continue to step 6.
6 Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit. 7 Insert the black cartridge. Close the top cover, reinsert the power supply and power the AIO on.
Did the error message return?
Yes: Continue to Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts, then repeat steps 6 and 7. If you have already tried cleaning the contacts, skip to Defective Cartridge Test.
No: Print a test page. If the test page prints, the error is resolved.

Apr 15, 2009 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One Scan/Copy/Fax and...

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Blinking lights on Lexmark Z12 printer


Unfortunately, the Lexmark website is set up so I can't provide you with direct links to the workaround for these problems....
Go here: http://support.lexmark.com/perl/support/support.cgi
Do a search on "blinking flashing lights + Z12"
and try to follow the steps outlined in the troubleshooting guides that calls up.
This is the most likely candidate, but there are others that could cause this symptom:

Lights Flashing on the Printer ID: 241
Test the cartridges one by one and do the printer hardware test (refer to the relevant document for your printer) to establish which one is defective. The defective cartridge needs to be changed.

If the power light on the printer is blinking, you may have a carrier stall. To check this:
First unplug the printer.
Move the cartridges to the left by hand. In order to do this, you need to grip the top of the carrier belt (a black/grey belt with cog-like teeth) and pull it towards the right-hand side of the printer.
Once the cartridges have been moved across, you can clip them out.
Try to print without the cartridges in the carrier.
If you no longer have a carrier stall, put the cartridges back into the carrier and clip them into place.
I hope one of these options will provide you with the solution to your problem. If not, please write back with a report of what you tried and we will try to help you further.


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Lights Flashing on the Printer ID: 241
  • Test the cartridges one by one and do the printer hardware test (refer to the relevant document for your printer) to establish which one is defective. The defective cartridge needs to be changed.
  • If the power light on the printer is blinking, you may have a carrier stall. To check this:
    1. First unplug the printer.
    2. Move the cartridges to the left by hand. In order to do this, you need to grip the top of the carrier belt (a black/grey belt with cog-like teeth) and pull it towards the right-hand side of the printer.
    3. Once the cartridges have been moved across, you can clip them out.
    4. Try to print without the cartridges in the carrier.
    5. If you no longer have a carrier stall, put the cartridges back into the carrier and clip them into place.


Lights Flashing on the Printer ID: 241
  • Test the cartridges one by one and do the printer hardware test (refer to the relevant document for your printer) to establish which one is defective. The defective cartridge needs to be changed.
  • If the power light on the printer is blinking, you may have a carrier stall. To check this:
    1. First unplug the printer.
    2. Move the cartridges to the left by hand. In order to do this, you need to grip the top of the carrier belt (a black/grey belt with cog-like teeth) and pull it towards the right-hand side of the printer.
    3. Once the cartridges have been moved across, you can clip them out.
    4. Try to print without the cartridges in the carrier.
    5. If you no longer have a carrier stall, put the cartridges back into the carrier and clip them into place.


Lights Flashing on the Printer ID: 241
  • Test the cartridges one by one and do the printer hardware test (refer to the relevant document for your printer) to establish which one is defective. The defective cartridge needs to be changed.
  • If the power light on the printer is blinking, you may have a carrier stall. To check this:
    1. First unplug the printer.
    2. Move the cartridges to the left by hand. In order to do this, you need to grip the top of the carrier belt (a black/grey belt with cog-like teeth) and pull it towards the right-hand side of the printer.
    3. Once the cartridges have been moved across, you can clip them out.
    4. Try to print without the cartridges in the carrier.
    5. If you no longer have a carrier stall, put the cartridges back into the carrier and clip them into place.

Mar 28, 2009 | Lexmark JetPrinter Z12 color InkJet

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Message says cartridge error 1203 and it wont


Step Action 1 Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Wait 30 seconds, then reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on.
Did the error message return?
Yes: Continue to step 2.
No: Print a test page. If the test page prints, the error is resolved.

2 Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit.
3 Remove both cartridges from the AIO. Close the top cover, reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on.
Did the error message return?
Yes: There is a hardware problem with the printer. Continue to Contacting Lexmark.
No: Continue to Step 4.

4 Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit.
5 Insert the color cartridge. Close the top cover, reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on.
Did the error message return?
Yes: Continue to Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts, and then repeat steps 4 and 5 of this procedure. If you have already tried cleaning the contacts, continue to Defective Cartridge Test.

No: Continue to step 6.
6 Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Open the top cover of the AIO. Using the carrier belt, gently move the cartridge carrier to the middle of the unit.
7 Insert the black/photo cartridge. Close the top cover, reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on.
Did the error message return?
Yes: Continue to Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts, then repeat steps 6 and 7. If you have already tried cleaning the contacts, continue to Defective Cartridge Test.

No: Print a test page. If the test page prints, the error is resolved.

Feb 23, 2009 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One Scan/Copy/Fax and...

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