My HP 1220C keeps blinking the yellow light that says there is a cartridge problem, even with new cartridges. Sometimes if I send it a document while it's turned off, then turn it back on, it will print the document really, really slow, then blink the light again. Sometimes it just comes on blinking the light and prints nothing. I have replaced and re-cleaned the cartridges, taken them out and replaced them multiple times, same result. Just before this happened I tried refilling the color one and got it too full, so it drained ink inside the printer, but the area that holds the cartridges and all the contacts appear clean. Help is appreciated very much!
Re: HP Deskjet 1220C cartridge recognition problem
This happens when the connections on the cartridge get old. Especially when you refill or buy non HP Cartridges, try buying brand new hp cartridges and you might be able to get a couple refill out of them before this happens again.
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Thank you for suggesting that the cartridge might be bad. I almost got rid of my deskjet D1320 because it was blinking continuously and I could not figure out why. I tried everything from new driver to looking for a paper jam and nothing worked until I tried your suggestion. I tried each of the cartridge separately to find out that the black cartridge was making the light blink but not the color on. I replaced the black cartridge and the printer is fine now
the solid light means toner is low. Blinking usually means either the cartridge is out of toner or the cartridge is having a technical problem. If you pull the yellow toner cartridge and put it back in with no change in result, you will need to replace the yellow toner cartidge
Try cleaning the print head first in the software options on the printer and then lightly with a qtip and alcohol or electronics cleaner. The ink jets sometimes dry up and cause the nozzels to get plugged.
When the print cartridge contacts are dirty and the printer cannot detect/communicate with print cartridge.
Clean the contact points on the cartridges with a dry, lint-free cloth.
1. Open the top cover of the printer.
2. Remove the print cartridges.
3. Clean the copper-colored contact points on the cartridges with a damp, lint-free cloth.
Use a dry, lint-free cloth to remove moisture from the contacts.
5. Insert the cartridges back into the printer.
6. Close the top cover.
7. Try printing again.
If you still cant communicate try with new cartridge .
I also started having problems with my HP 870Cse when I began using refilled cartridges and had ink leakage (cartridge contacts corrupted). Check for this problem. If so, remove cartridges and gently clean the spillage. Then try using HP brand cartridges and see if this doesn't remedy the problem.
Did you try both cartridges? Sometimes a fried circuit on the color cartridge will cause a out of ink on the black even when the black is new. Double check that you are using the correct cartridge for the printer. and look at the copper/gold contacts in the printer where the cartridge goes. look for dried ink or tears. Clean with a Q-tip dipped in water. CAREFULLY. If it's torn.... enjoy your trip to walmart.