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Take out both the color and the black cartridges and reinstall. It is probably the fact that one is not seated correctly.

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I have the Dell AIO 926 and i have an Error Message. Error 1203 Consult User's Guide I cannot print, what do i do?

error 1203's error name is print head short which indicates a short circuit in the print head has occurred. solution to this problem is to disconnect and then reconnect the printer power cable. Reinstall the ink cartridges.For more information, see Replacing Ink Cartridges.
Replacing Ink Cartridges
  • Turn on your printer.

  • Lift the printer unit, and then position the scanner support between the tabs to hold it open.


  • The ink cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading position unless the printer is busy.
  • Press down on the ink cartridge lever to raise each ink cartridge lid.


    Remove the old ink cartridges.


  • Store the cartridges in an air-tight container, such as the storage unit you received with your photo cartridge, or dispose of them properly.

  • If you are installing new ink cartridges, remove the sticker and transparent tape from the back and bottom of each ink cartridge.
    NOTE: The following illustration shows a black cartridge and a color cartridge (used for normal printing). For photo printing, use a photo cartridge and a color cartridge.

    Insert the new ink cartridges. Make sure the black or photo ink cartridge is secure in the left ink cartridge carrier, and the color ink cartridge is secure in the right ink cartridge carrier.

    Snap each lid closed.


    Hold the printer unit up, push the scanner support back to unlock it, and then lower the printer unit until it is completely closed.


  • Jun 05, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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    Printer says cartridge error: error 1203

    Remove both ink cartridges and check the bottoms to be sure all of the tap is removed. Small pieces of tape frequently are stuck to the cartridge bottom causing errors. Confirm you have the correct cartridges (# 34 for Black(HIGHYIELD) and #33 for color). Reseat the cartridges and try again.

    Sep 06, 2010 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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    Cartridge Error # 1203 when replacing black ink cartridge

    It sounds like the printer thinks it is not a genuine ink cartridge. Fit a Lexmark cartridge to cure it.

    Jul 16, 2010 | Lexmark X8350 InkJet Printer

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    I have inserted a new color ink cartridge, but when i close the printer I get an error message that reads 'Cartridge Error, Error #1203'. I have tried two different cartridges with no success. What is...

    Yes ok it will be the inks.
    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..
    2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.

    Jan 05, 2010 | Dell 966 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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    Error # 1203 Cartridge Error

    Have you recently refilled or replaced any of the cartridges. 1203 is usually one of two things.

    1. An overfilled cartridge (fixed by wrapping in damp paper towel for a bit until excess ink wicks out)
    2. Ink smeared on contacts (fixed by cleaning contacts on cartridge and on printer's cartridge housing)

    Aug 05, 2009 | Lexmark X7350 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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    Lexmark x9350 printer gives error message #1203

    I logged into Lexmark's web site and checked their printer support page. It said that if you get error message 1203 your ink cartridge has leaked fluid. In order to find the right cartridge, do the following. Remove both ink cartridges, put in one, turn off the printer, turn it back on and if you get the message 1203 that's the cartridge with the problem. I did not get that message. I turned off the printer, put in the other cartridge, and turned it back on. Sure enough, I got the 1203 message again. (I had cleaned the wrong cartridge before). I removed the leaky cartridge, cleaneded it (making sure I did not leave any residue) and put it back in the printer. It worked!

    Jun 13, 2009 | Lexmark X9350 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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    1203 error code

    Solution to get rid of error 1203 on printer 926 is

    Disconnect and Reconnect the Printer Power Supply
    1. Unplug the power cord from the wall socket.
    2. Disconnect the power supply from the back of the printer.
    3. Wait 15 seconds.

      Reconnect the power supply to the back of the printer.
    4. Plug the power cord back into the wall socket.

    Try a Known-Good Ink Cartridge in the Printer Replace each affected cartridge in the printer with a known-good cartridge and check to see if the problem is resolved.

    This error comes up because the copper contact of the cartridge is not able to communicate with sensor of the printer.

    Jun 08, 2009 | Dell 924 All-in-One InkJet Printer

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    Error message 1203

    This link should have the answer for you.

    Jul 27, 2008 | Dell 924 All-in-One InkJet Printer

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    Error #1203

    Error #1203

    A 1203 error message on the operator panel could indicate a problem with one of the ink cartridges. Please carry out the steps below the image to confirm that this is a cartridge failure rather than a hardware problem
    1. 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. 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. 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.

    Mar 03, 2008 | Lexmark F4270 Plain Paper Inkjet Fax

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    Error #1203

    Normi, The 1203 error as you suspected deals with the ink cartridge. This is a common problem and Lexmark has a troubleshooting procedure posted on their web site. Here is the link for the web page. Hope this solves your problem and please don?t forget to rate this posting.

    Jan 20, 2007 | Lexmark X4270 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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