HP88 CARTRIDGE RECOGNITION FAILURES/CAUSES:
The failure to recognize an
ink cartridge(s) could either be a possible Cartridge connectivity, PRINTHEAD*
connectivity or an end-of-life PRINTHEAD issue.
We suggest you remove all the
ink cartridges and thoroughly clean BOTH PRINTHEADS manually along with
cartridge chip contact surfaces (located on bottom-rear side of each ink
all electrical contacts, including those inside the printer which mate to the
PRINTHEADS. Reinstall both PRINTHEADS and cartridges and retest. You may refer
to HP's 'manual' cleaning procedures here:
"expired ink cartridge" alert state is not causing the issue, refer
to this page on how to check & bypass: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1384
---- If you observe an "Expired xxxx
ink cartridge" alert or message, this error may be bypassed by performing the
and HOLD the Power button.
Resume button 3 times.
the Power button
If the cartridge was refilled (i.e. at Costco or Fry's Electronics), following HP 88 cartridge
chip replacement and complete cartridge/printhead/printer manual electrical
contact cleaning, the cartridge alert message(s) continue, then you may have a
damaged PRINTHEAD* (there are two printheads inside the printer) which may
require re-priming or replacement depending on problem symptoms.
* The HP 88
ink-series printer models have two electronic PRINTHEADS (each of these
electronic devices are responsible for pulling ink from the ink cartridges and
then firing the ink droplets onto the paper) - both PRINTHEADS will eventually
fail depending on printed content, printer duty cycle (i.e. typically rated for
~41, 500 printed pages depending on image content & frequency of printing).
The average inkjet printer can typically be refilled with ~15 to 20 complete sets of
ink cartridges over the life of the printhead, after which, either the
Yellow/Black and/or Cyan/Magenta printhead will need to be replaced due to internal electrical failure (available
Refer to video on how the HP PRINTHEAD functions: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2054
PRINTHEAD electronically fails typically the printer will provide an alert
message when this happens, but if a printhead has suffered a deprime (i.e. loss
of ink/pressure which results in no printing of color), it is possible to
recover the system using a 3rd party PRINTHEAD priming tool, such as
this one: http://www.inkowl.com/?p=product&product=5035
For advanced HP printer diagnostics or information on ink refilling services, please visit Inkjet411: http://www.inkjet411.com