Question about HP Photosmart C6380 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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My 84 year-old mother has an Officejet 6300 printer. She is too old to figure out tech support, so she as asked me to write you. Recently, one of her cartridges was shown as empty. I instructed her to replace one of the ink jet cartridges with an official HP replacement cartridge purchased from Staples. I was very clear about this, and she came home with the proper cartridge. However, the printer still shows the replacement cartridge as empty, even though it is a new cartridge. This is the first time she has replaced this cartridge, and this printer has never seen any third party cartridges, nor have the cartridges ever been refilled. She has lost the receipt, so going back to staples for a replacement. Is there a way to disable the alert, so she can go about printing? I have cleaned the contacts on the printer and the cartridge, reseated the cartridge, and power cycled the printer as well. Some internet suggestions include re-installing the drivers, but I don't see how that will help as the error is on the printer. Also, some inkjet printers have a software switch to allow this warning to be disabled. What is your suggestion?

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You need to remove the cartridges, remove the print head (it might drip ink on you so be prepared), thoroughly clean and dry the electrical contacts on the print head, and return the print head then the cartridges to the machine. This has worked for us before.

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