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I am trying to install an HP photosmart C5180 All-in One and have got "Initialization beginning" on the screen but pressing OK does nothing

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Disconnect power cable from the printer's end and wait for some time. Connect it back and wait for initialization to complete. Your issue should be resolved.

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The error message is Oxc18a0001. What is wrong with it. I've turned the printer off like it said to do, with no change.


Error seen on printers HP: HP Photosmart 7280, C5180, C6280, HP photosmart 8250...


Solution 1:

1. Press and hold "left arrow" key
2. Press the "setup" key and release both keys
3. Press and release the "OK" button
4. Press and release the right arrow button until the display says "System Configuration Menu". 2. Press and release the "OK" button.
5. Display should say "Hardware failure status". If not there already, Arrow Key over to "Hardware failure status",
6. Press and release the "OK" button.
7. Display should say "Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear".
8. Press and release the "OK" Button. Message changes to "Hardware failure status Cleared. Press Cancel to continue".
9. 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.
10. Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the printer and wall outlet.
11. 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
12. Turn the unit on. The printer may display message "USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER" followed by "PRESS OK TO CONTINUE". Press OK.
13. If the printer has already initialized, then go to the next step. If not, the printer will start the "ONE TIME INK INITIALIZATION PROCESS". Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.
14. To verify printer functionality print a SELF TEST PAGE. If SELF TEST prints, then printer is ready for use or Software Installation.
15. If the error is still there, or reoccurs the printer is already defective.

May 06, 2011 | HP Photosmart D7460 Printer

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HP Photosmart C6180 Ink System Failure


<br /> Hi,<br /> <br /> <br /> Please perform the following steps and let me know the message that will be displayed on the printer.<br /> Press and hold the "*" key. <br /> Press the "#" key and release both keys. <br /> Display should say "Enter Special Key Combo" <br /> Press and release in sequence the "1", "2" and "3" buttons.<br /> Press and release the right arrow button until the display says "System Configuration Menu".<br /> Press and release the "OK" button.<br /> Display should say "Hardware failure status". If not there already, Arrow Key over to "Hardware failure status",<br /> Press and release the "OK" button.<br /> Display should say "Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear".<br /> Press and release the "OK" Button. Message changes to "Hardware failure status Press Cancel to continue".<br /> 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.<br /> Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the printer and wall outlet.<br /> 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<br /> Turn the unit on. The printer may display message "USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER" followed by "PRESS OK TO CONTINUE". Press OK. The Printer will start the "ONE TIME INK INITIALIZATION PROCESS". Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.<br /> <br /> If I could be of further assistance, let me know. <br /> Thanks,<br /> <br /> LETMEFIXIT

on Feb 04, 2011 | HP Photosmart C6180 All-In-One InkJet...

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My HP photosmart C5180 has a Ink System Failure Error code 0xc18a0201. I tried the master reset - holding the ok and help buttons down while turning the printer on and off. That worked long enough to print...


The ink system failure message has a chance to be fixed or it may be a permanent issue. It
can be pointing toward a firmware failure in the printer and if that is the case the
following steps should fix it.
Press and hold the “*” key. Press the “#” key and release both keys.
Display should say “Enter Special Key Combo”
Press and release in sequence the "1”, “2” and “3” buttons.
Display should say “Support” and display the FW rev (something like R0631R)
Mine reads R0631M
. Press and release the right arrow button until the display says “System Configuration
Menu”.
Press and release the “OK” button.
Display should say “Hardware failure status”. If not there already, Arrow Key over to
“Hardware failure status”,
Press and release the “OK” button.
Display should say “Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear”.
Press and release the “OK” Button. Message changes to “Hardware failure status Cleared.
Press Cancel to continue”.
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.
Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the
printer and wall outlet.
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.
Turn the unit on. The printer may display message “USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER”
followed by “PRESS OK TO CONTINUE”. Press OK. The Printer will start the “ONE TIME INK
INITIALIZATION PROCESS”. Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the
initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.

Good Luck!

As a side note if the printer cannot overcome the error the only printer still sold that takes 02 cartridges is the Photosmart C8180.

Apr 19, 2010 | HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One InkJet...

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Had a problem with HP Photosmart C5180 All in One says cartridge cannot be used after initialization. Cannot find telephone number to ring HP in Ireland for support. This happens every time. I just had a...


Introductory cartridges come with the printer and carry special ink formulations intended for printer initialization. During initialization, inks in the introductory cartridges mix with inks in the printer to create a normal ink formulation. After initialization, introductory cartridges can be used in any compatible printer. However, if introductory cartridges that have not been through initialization are installed in a printer that has already been initialized, the printer cannot print

If the issue persists, perform these steps

try the cleaning steps advised in this link...

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00709715&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=1153481

If the issue persists, perform these steps

Remvoe all Cartridges, disconnect the printer from the computer and connect it to the direct wall outlet and Reset your Printer to initial factory default settings:-


* Remove the power cord from the back of the product.
* Press and hold down the OK and Help buttons at the same time.
* While still holding the buttons down, plug the power cord into the back of the product.

If the issue persists, perform these steps.

1. With machine powered on, unplug power cord from back of printer and wait for 30 seconds.
2. While holding down the "ok" and "?" buttons, plug the power cord back into the printer.
3. Let the Printer power up again and give it time to go through all of its process.

Sep 22, 2009 | HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One InkJet...

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Ink failure error HP C5180. just replaced all ink cartridges.


1. Get the unit into the “Support Menu” by following the steps below according with the product, see the table below:

A. - Press and hold the “left arrow” key.
B. - Press the “Setup” key and release both keys.
Display should say “Enter Special Key Combo”
C. - Press and release the “OK” button.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Press and release the right arrow button until the display says “System Configuration Menu”. (on C8100 use Touch Screen)
2. Press and release the “OK” button.
3. Display should say “Hardware failure status”. If not there already, Arrow Key over to “Hardware failure status”,
4. Press and release the “OK” button.
5. Display should say “Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear”.
6. Press and release the “OK” Button. Message changes to “Hardware failure status Cleared. Press Cancel to continue”.
7. 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.
8. Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the printer and wall outlet.
9. 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
10. Turn the unit on. The printer may display message “USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER” followed by “PRESS OK TO CONTINUE”. Press OK.
11. If the printer has already initialized, then go to the next step. If not, the printer will start the “ONE TIME INK INITIALIZATION PROCESS”. Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.
12. To verify printer functionality print a SELF TEST PAGE. If SELF TEST prints, then printer is ready for use or Software Installation.
13. If the error is still there, or reoccurs replace the unit.

Aug 15, 2009 | HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One InkJet...

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Error 0xc18a0301


Error: 0xc18a0301 fix from HP tech support:

Let us perform some steps to isolate the issue and find a fix for it.
Please perform the following steps and let me know the message that will be displayed on the printer.
A. - Press and hold the “*” key.
B. - Press the “#” key and release both keys.
Display should say “Enter Special Key Combo”
C. - Press and release in sequence the “1”, “2” and “3” buttons.

Screen says "support" R0631M

Press and release the right arrow button until the display says “System Configuration Menu”.
Press and release the “OK” button.
Display should say “Hardware failure status”. If not there already, Arrow Key over to “Hardware failure status”,
Press and release the “OK” button.
Display should say “Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear”.

Press and release the “OK” Button. Message changes to “Hardware failure status Cleared. Press Cancel to continue”.

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.

Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the printer and wall outlet.


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

turn the unit on. The printer may display message “USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER” followed by “PRESS OK TO CONTINUE”. Press OK. The Printer will start the “ONE TIME INK INITIALIZATION PROCESS”. Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.

Is the error message still being displayed on the printer?


Print a self test page to check the functionality of the printer.
Press Setup menu on the All-in-One then scroll using the arrow key and select Print Report then select Self Test Report.


If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe


May 21, 2009 | HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One InkJet...

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Ink system has failed. Unable to print. Error:0xc18a0301. Turn power off then on again. Problem continues. Hp Photosmart C5180 All-In-One


Turn the unit on. The printer may display message “USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER” followed by “PRESS OK TO CONTINUE”. Press OK. The Printer will start the “ONE TIME INK INITIALIZATION PROCESS”. Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.

Nov 13, 2008 | HP Office Equipment & Supplies

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Ink system has failed??


Just do this troubleshooting once.
1. Press and hold "left arrow" key
2. Press the "setup" key and release both keys
3. Press and release the "OK" button
4. Press and release the right arrow button until the display says “System Configuration Menu”. 2. Press and release the “OK” button.
5. Display should say “Hardware failure status”. If not there already, Arrow Key over to “Hardware failure status”,
6. Press and release the “OK” button.
7. Display should say “Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear”.
8. Press and release the “OK” Button. Message changes to “Hardware failure status Cleared. Press Cancel to continue”.
9. 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.
10. Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the printer and wall outlet.
11. 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
12. Turn the unit on. The printer may display message “USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER” followed by “PRESS OK TO CONTINUE”. Press OK.
13. If the printer has already initialized, then go to the next step. If not, the printer will start the “ONE TIME INK INITIALIZATION PROCESS”. Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.
14. To verify printer functionality print a SELF TEST PAGE. If SELF TEST prints, then printer is ready for use or Software Installation.
15. If the error is still there, or reoccurs the printer is already defective.

Aug 06, 2008 | HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One InkJet...

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"Wrong Cartridges" Error HP C5180 now Failed ink system.


Please perform the following steps:


A. - Press and hold the “left arrow” key.
B. - Press the “Setup” key and release both keys.
Display should say “Enter Special Key Combo”
C. - Press and release the “OK” button

Display should say “Support” and display the FW rev (something like R0616R)


Now, perform the following instructions:
1. Press and release the right arrow button until the displaysays “System Configuration Menu” 2. Press and release the “OK” button.3. Display should say “Hardware failure status”. If not there already, Arrow Key over to “Hardware failure status”,
4. Press and release the “OK” button.5. Display should say “Hardware failure status: Clear. Press OK to clear”.6. Press and release the “OK” Button. Message changes to “Hardware failure status Cleared. Press Cancel to continue”.7. 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.8. Using the Power Button, turn the unit OFF and unplug the power cable from back of the printer and wall outlet.9. 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 printer10. Turn the unit on. The printer may display message “USE POWER BUTTON TO SHUTDOWN THE PRINTER” followed by “PRESS OK TO CONTINUE”. Press OK. 11. If the printer has already initialized, then go to the next step. If not, the printer will start the “ONE TIME INK INITIALIZATION PROCESS”. Allow this process to complete and do not interrupt. Once the initialization process is complete, the printer will print out a Diagnostic Page.
12. To verify printer functionality print a SELF TEST PAGE. If SELF TEST prints, then printer is ready for use or Software Installation.13. If the error is still there, or reoccurs replace the unit.

Jul 13, 2008 | HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One InkJet...

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