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Error 1203 and carrier jam error

My lexmark p915 series printer, half way through printing says ' clean carrier jam' so i cleaned the inside as advised, but now there is a message saying ' error 1203', sometimes the message doesnt come up and i can carry on printing. but carrier jam message shows up again. please help me on how to stop this. thank you

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Error 1203 on a Lexmark is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad... I would suggest you to try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..

If that doesn't work just call up their support number and check for replacement..

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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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I cannot copy or scan message #1203 keeps coming up


The 1203 error message indicates either a communication problem between one of your cartridges and the printer or a short in one of the cartridges. Follow the steps below to fix the problem:
  1. 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.
Source: 1203 Error Message on the Lexmark 4200 Series All-In-One

Jun 23, 2011 | Lexmark X4270 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Error 1203 on lexmark p6250 printer


Erro 1203 solution

1. open the front cover of the printer
2. wait for the cartridge carrier to be in the center..
3. remove the mono and color cartridge or printhead
4. clean the gold connectors or circuit on the printhead
next: power off the printer while the front cover is open .
5. then clean the printer cartridges carrier circuit ..especially those gold connectors....and reinstall the printhead or cartidges..
6. close the front cover and power up the printer..

Good Luck!

Feb 26, 2011 | Lexmark P6250 All-In-One InkJet Photo...

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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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Error 1203 Lexmark F4270


The 1203 error message is caused by a communication failure between one of the printheads (cartridges) and the All-In One (AIO) or by a short in one if the printheads. The procedures in this article will help you to resolve this issue.
Troubleshooting a Communication Error between the Cartridge and the Printer

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.

Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts
NOTE: The embedded links in the table lead to specific troubleshooting documents.


Step Action 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 (click here for instructions) and the AIO carrier contacts
(
click here for instructions).

Dec 16, 2008 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One Scan/Copy/Fax and...

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Part printing


I will be able to help you with this. this is just simple. what you can do is to remove the catridge and clean the golp pad or the contact. clean the cartridge pad and also the carrier side. it will resolve your issue. Thanks.

Sep 24, 2008 | Lexmark P915 InkJet Photo Printer

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Error code # 1203


Error 1203 is basically a cartridge error. Try cleaning the contacts on the cart & in the cart carrier, reseat the carts & then power off the printer. while holdin down the stop clear button, rebrick the power chord.

Jun 30, 2008 | Lexmark X4270 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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What does error 1203 Mean?


Overview

The 1203 error message is caused by either a communication failure between one of the printheads (cartridges) and the All-In-One (AIO), or by a short in one of the printheads. The procedures below will help you to resolve this issue.

Troubleshooting a Communication Error between the Cartridge and the Printer

NOTE: The embedded links in the table lead to specific troubleshooting documents.
Step Action
1
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 Open the top cover of the AIO and remove both cartridges from the AIO.

3
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: 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. Reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on. Open the top cover of the AIO and insert the color cartridge. Close the top cover.

Did the error message return?

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

5
Power off the AIO and remove the power supply from the back of the unit. Reinsert the power supply, and power the AIO on. Open the top cover of the AIO and insert the black/photo cartridge. Close the top cover.

Did the error message return?

Yes: Continue to Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts, then repeat steps 5. 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.


Cleaning the Cartridge Contacts

NOTE: The embedded links in the table lead to specific troubleshooting documents.Step Action
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 and the AIO carrier contacts .check the link for cleaning http://support.lexmark.com/cgi-perl/knowledgebase.cgi?ccs=229:1:0:590:0:0&framed=&docid=ENUS24064&relevance=0



Defective Cartridge Check

To test the cartridge, replace it with either a new cartridge or a known good cartridge from another printer of this type. If the error message persists, proceed to Contacting Lexmark.

Mar 11, 2008 | Lexmark P4350 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Cartridge problems with the P915 Lexmark printer.


Check that the contacts are clean. Also try another catridge. Even a new on can be bad...

Geno

Mar 04, 2008 | Lexmark P915 InkJet Photo Printer

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Carrier jam Lexmark 4300


I had this same problem, I found a long skinny thin plastic strip had fallen off & caused the problem for me. The plastic strip has slits at each side to attach to the inside back of printer, on the left side is a down ward facing arrow, the plastic strip feeds through the back middle of the cartridge carrier and then the slits are to be inserted to the metal tab like pieces on the back sides inside the printer on the right side (facing printer) it will look like a small rectangular hole with a longer metal tab like piece sticking out & on the left is a smaller squared like hole with a flat smaller metal like tab which will line up if the plastic strip is feed through the back of the cartridge carrier properly. This should allow the cartridge carrier to glide properly & work as it should, with no more banging! Sorry my tech. terminology isn't good, I am not Knowelegable with this sort of thing, just sharing my experience :) HTH!

Jan 14, 2008 | Lexmark P4350 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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