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Printer says ink system failure error 0xc18a0206

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Disconnect the Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable from the back of the product, but leave the product turned on.

Open the cover of the product and remove the print cartridges.

Close the cover and wait for the Insert Ink Cartridges message to display.

Disconnect the power cord from the back of the product and wait for one minute.

Reconnect the power cord. If the product does not automatically turn on, press the Power button.

Open the cover and reinsert the print cartridges.

Close the cover. If prompted, print a calibration page.

Reconnect the USB cable, and try to print a print job from the computer.

Posted on May 21, 2011

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I have an HP Photosmart C6180 i get error 0xc18a0206


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Here's how to resolve this issue :

HP Photosmart Reset

Basically, this error denotes "Ink System failure" and can be resolved by Printer reset. Follow the easy steps and you should be good to go.

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I recieve Ink System failure error message with error code 0xc18a0206 on my HP PHOTOSMART C7180 ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER.


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I just replaced every ink cartridge for me hp c5180 and the caption is still coming up "ink system failure. error: 0xc18a0206". What do I do next so I can just print?


Hi there you can try this may work,

Your error 0xc18a0206
Solution one: Reset the product
1. Without turning off the product, disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
1. Remove the cartridges from the product.
2. Wait for the 'Insert Cartridges ' message to display on the control panel.
3. Disconnect the power cord from the back of the product.
4. Wait 60 seconds.
5. Reconnect the power cord. If the product does not automatically turn on, press the Power button ( ).
6. Reinsert the cartridges, and then close any open doors on the product.
7. If you receive a prompt to print a calibration page, do so.
8. Reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product, and then try printing again.
9. If you have completed all the steps listed above and are still experiencing a problem, you need to service the product.
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Follow steps below to reset Hewlett-Packard (HP) All-in-one Printer. Resetting your printer will reset your printer to its original state.


1. Without turning the unit off, unplug the power cord from the back of the product.
2. Press and hold “# and 6′ keys.
3. While holding those keys plug the power cord back in.
4. Wait until the screen goes blank before you release those keys.
5. Follow on printer screen instructions.
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Ink system has failed 0xc18a0206


This is easily fixed with the following key sequences. You do NOT have to open the printer and unplug a circuit board.

1) press * and # at the same time
2) press 1, 2, 3 and “support R0632M” should display
3) press > and “information menu” should display
4) press > and “configuration menu” should display
5) press OK and “hardware failure status” should display
6) press OK “failure status: clear”. Press OK to clear
7) press CANCEL
8) press CANCEL
9) press CANCEL
10) turn printer off, unplug power cord for 2 minutes, plug cord back in then turn printer back on.
NOTE: I did this and the fist time the error came back. Do the sequence again (as I did) and the error will be replaced with the usual print cartridge initialization screens. Print a test page to make sure.

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