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Inkjet cartidge light keeps on flashing tried replacing with new cartridges
still the same

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  • chinablue32u Jun 28, 2008

    Hello I am having the same problem I am wondering if it is because I am using refurb cartridges I have tried 2 carts from a company called ijt direct do you think this could be the problem????? did you sort yours

  • Anonymous Aug 07, 2008

    Red light,3rd button left flashing printer will not work.

  • arrakeen Nov 13, 2008

    I used some Refurb Cartridges and over the span of a year or so printing in B&W I neglected them. They dried out and the printer was simply not functioning. I was going crazy thinking it was a driver, the USB cable, the OS or everything else. I normally refil my own cartridges.

    The lesson here is NOT to let the cartridge dry out. If you do it will fail when you need to print a 50-page report right now in black only but this old workhorse will just upchuck because the Color cartridge dried up. Screwey that you have to have a working color cartridge to just print black. Go figure.

  • zhongyur Nov 30, 2008

    What is PCA?

  • eccredit Mar 27, 2009

    What is PCA???

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The PCA is held to the carriage /cradle by usually one or more screws. sometimes these loosen over time, so while the contacts on the PCA and the ink cartridge look ok, they're not actually making good contact. try removing the pca from the cradle, and reattaching it, making sure you torque the screws down firmly (but don't crack the board). sometimes a small washer or shim helps to get the board closer to the carts.

many times if you look along the top of the cradle/PCA assembly, you will notice that the gap between the board and the cradle is not uniform. this is usually a dead giveaway, and snugging up the screws will usually fix it.

also if you closely examine the cartridges, you may notice that the indentations or scratches on the contacts aren't uniform which may also point to a skewed PCA.

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