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Re: what is the cartridge cradle
The cartridge cradle is where the ink cartridges are installed. It slided back and forth on a silver rail. If the rail gets dirty, the cradle can stick and not move freely. Try cleaning the rail with a soft clean dry cloth.
I've also see the cradle become disconnected from the belt that moves it back and forth. If that has occurred, and it is out of warranty, it will need replacement.
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Because it's NOT a paper jam, but a cartridge cradle jam, I suppose it's an ink jet printer??? if so, check for debrie arround the cradle shaft that could prevent the printing cradle to move from left to wright... you could also lubricate the shaft by rubbing a little bit of grease on it with the tip of your finger (verry thin layer), as ink sometimes gets on it and tends to become sticky with time...
You may not see a paper jam.
This may work for you, it has worked for many here I given this advice so gave it a try it could work for you.
Generally when this happens, something has fallen into the printer, or a piece of paper has been jammed in there.
First step, remove the ink cartridge, and turn the printer upside down and gently shake it, see if anything comes out.
If nothing goes, or you can't hear anything rattling around, get a piece of cardstock paper (60lb or heavier) and gently push this through the printer, to see if it will help push out what might be stuck in there. And gave the rode that the ink slides on a good clean and maybe a bit oil on cloth and wipe the rod with it. Please come back and just gave a vote, it will gave me some satisfaction to know am helping some one so I will keep on helping. All The Best: Pineworks
Hi, I have a HP Photosmart 8050. Runs good till Now. 1, ONE Sheet of paper Jamed. THe RED Light Keeps Blinking Like crazzzy. I unhooked it to re-boot. It says Print Cartridge Cradle is stuck. Clear Jam & press OK. Iv'e L@@KED 4 anything. Nothing in way. I took the ONE sheet out. Still Nothing. It's Like my X-wife. 1 item wrong and a Bunch of ****. New Ink. Got Milk. Oh wrong Commercial. Got Fix. Retired Handi-capped sanior, Ron
I was having same problem but it was a paper jam all the time and then it started to state Cairrage Jam. And what was happening was the unit the cartridges sit in was not going all the way to the right. A little nudge and you could feel it move. Closed lid and sometimes it would print but eventually it would fail. Just replaced but I suspect if you can get to the cairrage you could clean/repair whatever was keeping it from going all the way to the right.