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Error: 1203 I received a "Cartridge Error" Error: 1203 during the printing process. I do not have any user manual and am unable to find anything online to help me. I tried taking out both cartridges and placing them back in one at a time and the color cartridge did not produce an error but when I added the black one that is when the error returned. I did place a new black cartridge about a half hour ago but didn't have any problems until now. I have been printing up to this point with that cartridge without problems. HELP!!!!

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  • lardouin Aug 12, 2008

    same problem 1203 and can not print since

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    I ahve a 1203 error on my lexmark fax. how do I fix it

  • beatrice-and Oct 09, 2008

    error 1203 appears on the printer and wont print anything

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This error means that the 34 35 Lexmark cartridges has failed electrically and is now no good. The two I came across were faulty due to a power surge, so I have replaced the cartridges with new ones and there dose not seem to be any more problems with this error. If any other solutions come up please let me know .
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Lexmark #34 carts are smart
try this workaround ---> take out the carts >>> Turn off >>> turn it back on >> check the display for messages shown>> Re install the carts as "new" by selecting it as new using the arrow keys !! >>

  • Refer to the Lexmark Solution Center software for more troubleshooting information:
  1. To access the help, double-click the Lexmark Productivity Suite icon on your desktop.
  2. Click Maintain/Troubleshoot.
  3. Click the Troubleshooting tab on the left side of the screen.
  • Visit our Web site at http://support.lexmark.com/ for help.
  • Refer to the Lexmark Solution Center software for more troubleshooting information:
  1. To access the help, double-click the Lexmark Productivity Suite icon on your desktop.
  2. Click Maintain/Troubleshoot.
  3. Click the Troubleshooting tab on the left side of the screen.

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Reading a cartridge error # 1203


Error 1203 is 'print head has a short'. You have a faulty color or black cartridge... kindly replace the catridge.just try this also,


Check to see if the installed cartridge is the correct one for the printer. If the cartridge is the proper part number, remove the ink cartridge and make sure all the packaging tape has been removed from the copper circuitry strip on the backside of the cartridge. Reinsert the cartridge and try printing again.

If the error continues, remove the cartridge again and clean the copper circuitry strip on the backside of the cartridge, and the contacts inside the printer, by following the instructions below:

1. Use a clean, dry, soft, lint-free cloth. Locate the copper-colored circuitry strip on the back of the cartridge.

2. Wipe the copper-colored strip with the dry cloth. Use an upward motion, from the nozzle end to the top of the cartridge. Do not wipe the nozzle end of the cartridge or touch the nozzle plate. Wipe the contacts only once.

3. To clean the printer contacts, carefully look for fibers or contamination on the electrical contacts inside the carriage assembly, but do not wipe the printer contacts with any object. The contacts in the printer can be damaged if too much pressure is applied during a wiping process. Try to remove any visible attached debris within the carriage assembly by gently pulling the debris off with your fingers. If the carriage contacts show noticeable damage, contact the Customer Care Center listed in the printer's User's Guide.

Reinsert the cartridge and try printing again. If the error continues, the cartridge may need to be replaced.

Hope this helps. Please rate my response.
Thanks.
Have a good day.

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IT KEEPS TELLING ME THE RIGHT CARTRIGE IS WRONG, ERROR #1203, WE LOST OR OWNERS GUIDE


Here is what Lexmark says:

Cartridge Error: 1203 Your print cartridge has a short.
  1. Press Power to turn your All-In-One off.
  2. Unplug your All-In-One from the wall outlet.
  3. Plug in your All-In-One.
  4. Reinstall the cartridges.
If this does not resolve the problem, see More troubleshooting options, or replace your cartridges.

Also the cartridge that should be installed looks like Lexmark 32 ink for black and 33 ink for color.

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Displays Error Code 1203 - What is that? User Manual is lost.


The error 1203 error message on the operator panel could indicate a problem with one of the ink cartridges. Please follow the steps given below:

1. Please make sure the All-In-One is powered on.
2. Pull the control panel towards you, and then open the cartridge access door. The print cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading position.
3. Pull the old cartridges towards you, and then lift them out.
4. With the cartridges out of the printer, shut the access door and the control panel.
5. Power the printer OFF and then back ON.
6. Please check the operator panel to see if the same error has returned or if a new message has appeared.
7. If the message displayed is 1203, there is something wrong with the printer hardware.
If the message now displaying is Cartridge Missing, do the following:

1. Reinstall the cartridges into the printer.
2. Insert the color cartridge in the left carrier. Insert the black cartridge in the right carrier.
3. Push back firmly on the cartridges until they snap securely into place.
4. Close the cartridge access door, and then close the control panel.
5. If the 1203 message is still present on the operator panel, you need to insert one cartridge at a time to determine which cartridge is producing the failure.
6. With one cartridge in the carrier, close the access door and control panel.
7. Please check the operator panel. If the 1203 error is displayed, this cartridge is the defective item. If the Cartridge Missing message is displayed, the second cartridge is producing the failure.
8. Please replace the defective cartridge.

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Error code 1203


Check to see if ink is smeared on the holder where the contact panel with the cartridge is. Use a tissue with a few drops of water to dampen and clean off those contacts on the holder. Print the test page to see how it looks. Be sure not to leave any tissue on those holder contacts.

Try that and see if it works for you.

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Problem re Lexmark X4270


Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad...

1 - try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..
or
2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.

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ERROR 1203 LEXMARK ERROR 1200Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad...

1 - try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..
or
2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.

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Error 1203


Try this may do the trick
ERROR 1203 LEXMARK ERROR 1200 Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad...

1 - try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..
or
2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.

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Error Message 1203??


These steps are for a Lexmark 4200, but I suspect they will work for your printer as well:

Cartridge Error: 1203

Your print cartridge has a short.

1. Press Power to turn your All-In-One off.
2. Unplug your All-In-One from the wall outlet.
3. Plug in your All-In-One.
4. Reinstall the cartridges.

If this does not resolve the problem, see More troubleshooting options, or replace your cartridges.

Source: http://www.lexmark.com/publications/pdfs/4200/eng/trouble.html

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You can try testing your Printer with another Print Cartridge and if the error message repeats, you should contact Service Center as then there would be a Hardware Problem.

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