Question about HP Photosmart C6180 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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I have a HP Photosmart C6180 All-in-One printer that is 3 years old. It has been a great printer for our home. Today it decided it would no longer print and I get the following message: Ink System Failure. Ink system has failed and can no longer print. Refer to printer documentation Error: Oxc18a0201 The proposed solution at the following HP link does not help: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00489814&cc=ca&lc=en&dlc=en&product=1153494 HP told me that to service the printer could be about $200 which is just about more than the printer is worth. Do I really have to buy another printer?

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I had an ink system error message on my C6180 that evolved into the printer power cycling every 15 seconds of so. Apparently some defective components were used in the construction of the logic board (see photo). On my C6180 there were 3 failed capacitors (the green cylinders - the puffed top indicates failure) and a 4th from the same manufacturer (TEAPO - many unfavorable web references to this manufacturer). I purchased 3x 330uF 16V and 1x 680uF 10v rated to 105 degrees Celsius (total about 60cents). On the logic board, the capacitors I replaced are labeled C613, C614, C660 and C662. If you are not comfortable replacing the parts yourself (or don't have a soldering tool), you will have to find someone who will. The time to repair should be less than 30 min - I did it in 25 min with only a solder pen. This also fixed the ink system failures the printer was having. A similar fix may apply to other printers produced by HP around this time. I have a HP Photosmart C6180 All-in-One printer - acca299.jpg

Posted on Oct 03, 2010

  • minpdx Jan 28, 2011

    This info has been so helpful along with this group of pictures:http://picasaweb.google.com/109215435720... The pictures show how to get to the logic board. Thank you for helping me fix my printer instead of turning it into a boat anchor!

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