Question about HP Photosmart 3210 Printer
I've tried new ink, holding in "ok" and shutting off system, unplugging it, holding "ok" "cancel", "color", and "black" etc.... nothing is helping, Everytime I turn on my printer ( HP Photosmart 3210), It gives me a "Ink System Failure" "Ink system has failed. Unable to copy, receive faxes, or print. Refer to printer documentation. Error: 0xc5d1381" (by the way, it says unable to receive fax, but it doesn't have a fax on it)
I just had this problem with a HP C5150 and I found this bit of conversation on the web and it worked for me.
My error code was 0xc18a0501 and the following steps did resolve my issue, hope it helps you as well.
james cowan: hp error code 0xc18a0001
Earnest: I will assist you in this regard
james cowan: great
Earnest: I understand that a error code with 0xc18a0001 with "Ink System failure" is displayed on the front panel of the All-In-One printer. Am I correct?
james cowan: correct
Earnest: Thank you for confirmation
Earnest: May I have the model number of All-In-One you are using?
james cowan: c6250
Earnest: Thank you for information.
Earnest: James, please let me know the room temperature in which printer is replaced
james cowan: 67 degrees f
Earnest: Please perform the below steps on the front panel of the printer to resolve the issue
james cowan: ok
Earnest: Press and hold the "left arrow" key.
Press the "Setup" key and release both keys, Display should say "Enter Special Key Combo"
Press and release the "OK" button.
Earnest: Please ignore the above steps, James
james cowan: ok yes nothing seemed to do anything
Earnest: Please perform the below steps on the front panel of the printer
Earnest: Press and Hold the "Print Photos" &"Red Eye Removal" buttons. Release both buttons. Display should say"Enter Special Key Combo"
Press and release in sequence"Red Eye Removal","Print Photos","Red Eye Removal"
Earnest: Display should say “Support” and display the FW rev (something like R0616R)
james cowan: COxxFN0723BR j
Earnest: 2. Press and release the right arrow button until the display says “System Configuration Menu
james cowan: ok
Earnest: 3. Press and release the "OK" button.
james cowan: ok and it says hardware failure status
Earnest: Display should say "Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear".
Earnest: Press and release the "OK" Button. Message changes to "Hardware failure status Cleared. Press Cancel to continue".
Earnest: Press and release the "CANCEL" button as many times as necessary, so that, either the "Welcome to Photosmart Express" screen appears, or, the "Ink System Failure" screen appears. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO PRINT AT THIS STAGE.
james cowan: ok
Earnest: Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the printer and wall outlet.
Earnest: Let me know once you are done with the above steps
james cowan: ok its unplugged
Earnest: Wait 30 seconds for the power to get discharged and then plug the power cable into the wall outlet first and then into the back of the printer
Earnest: Turn the unit on. The printer may display message "USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER" followed by "PRESS OK TO CONTINUE".
james cowan: ok
Earnest: Let me know the message displaying on the front panel of the printer
james cowan: printer preparation occuring - do not interrupt
james cowan: ok its done
Earnest: Let us print a self test page from the printer now
james cowan: ok deal
Earnest: 1) Load letter, A4, or legal unused plain, white paper into the input tray.
2) Make sure that the printer is on and loaded with unused plain, white paper.
3) Press Setup . The Setup menu appears.
4) Press the down arrow button to select Tools , and then press OK .
5) Press the down arrow button to select Self-test Report , and press OK .
james cowan: ok printing
Earnest: Okay, please check whether all the colors pritned perfectly on the test page
james cowan: perfect
james cowan: thank you very much
Earnest: James, now you can continue using the printer
Earnest: I appreciate your efforts and patience in trying to resolve the issue."
Posted on May 02, 2009
The issue relates to hardware of the unit ,
unit can not be recovered or is almost certain to fail again, however we can Attempt to Recover Unit Once .follow the steps below .
Disconnect the Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable from the back of the product, but leave the product turned on.
2. Open the cover of the product and remove the print cartridges.
3. Close the cover and wait for the Insert Ink Cartridges message to display.
4. Disconnect the power cord from the back of the product and the wall socket, then wait for one minute.
5. Reconnect the power cord. If the product does not automatically turn on, press the Power button.
6. Open the cover and reinsert the print cartridges.
7. Close the cover. If prompted, print a calibration page.
8. Reconnect the USB cable, and try to print a print job from the computer.
9. If the error is still there replace the unit.
it might help.
Posted on Jun 05, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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