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HP C4480 reporting "incompatible print

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This issue can often be fixed by reseating or cleaning the print cartridges. But if that doesn't work you can try the document in the link provided below and follow the troubleshooting steps. A workaround is also provided at the bottom of the document. If all the troubleshooting steps in this document have been followed and nothing works, I'm afraid the printer has to be serviced.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011


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If you are getting Incompatible ink cartridge error and These cartridges were replaced a year ago, I think its time you call them once again. ( 1-800-474-6836 ) and report the issue. They will ask you for the Cartridge details like part # and expiry date on the cartridge.


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What is a incompatible print cartridge? Its coming up with a warning exclamation mark and it wont print?

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Incompatible print cartridge

This is a easy fix, my friend. Get genuine HP cartridges.

The benefit to you is:

First, the printer will not **** you around telling you they are not genuine, it will print what you tell it to when you tell it to;

Second, you will enjoy enhanced print results from the superior quality of the genuine product;

And three, you will not risk damaging your printer with 3rd party ink/cartridges.

If these ARE genuine cartridges, return them to the store where you purchased them and ask for an adjustment. If you get grief there, HP may like to hear about the outlet/retailer selling allegedly fake or defective HP branded prdoducts. It could be that there are some defective HP products and HP would also like to know that.

I hope these comments shed light on your trouble.

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Incompatible print cartridge

Take out the print cartridge. Clean the points on the cartridge with cotton swab and try using it again.

Nov 04, 2009 | HP Photosmart C4480 All-In-One InkJet...

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I have refillled my printer ink cartridge and it worked now it states it is incompatible. Can I bypass printer instruction

Hp printers cartridges have a circuit, which could be damaged in your case. That is the reason you are getting the error message. However, The use of refilled print cartridges alone does not affect either the warranty or any maintenance contract purchased from HP for its Inkjet printers. Repair will not be covered under the warranty or by the maintenance contract if an HP Inkjet printer failure or damage is found to be directly attributed to the use of a modified or refilled HP Inkjet print cartridge.
I strongly sugget you to use HP genuine ink cartrdiges. I understand that wont work out economically.

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