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Print Cartridges Hi, Can't find the manual. Replaced the print cartridges (looks like the only way that they will fit in there) and it says "Print cartridges missing or not detected" HELP!!

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  • Anonymous Sep 19, 2008

    I have the same problem and I can't seem to find a solution. Changing the print cartridges works for a while, but it always reverts to the same old problem after about a month of working! I know I'm not using ink that fast, I hardly ever print anything before it says "Print Cartridges missing or not detected" I'm really fed up with it. 

  • sarajeen Sep 30, 2008

    I'm having the same problem. We haven't had the printer that long; this is only the second time we've changed cartridges. I opened the new cartridge this morning, put it in, and it won't let me print anything.



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What's probably happening is there is excess ink on caked on to the contacts on the carriage (I think that's what they're called). They're pretty easy to clean and the cleaning process takes about a minute. Just remove whatever cartridges are in the printer, take a cloth that will leave a minimal amount of lint, and wipe at the dark spongey contacts located just below where the cartridges would sit (that is, on my HP C4280, as other models might have them somewhere slightly different, but they should be right around the cartridges' spot). When the caked on ink is removed and all you are wiping at is the sponge, insert the new cartridge(s) and the printer should work.

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