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Clean the contact of the small electrical contact on the cartridge and where those contacts make contact on the machine normally front of the machine with alcohol. some times hands get oil on the contact so there no good electrical contact, though occasionally you do get a bad cartridge.
Sounds like the machine may have a staple or paper clip on the electronic circuit board. Turn OFF and UNPLUG the machine. The main circuit board is located under the keyboard, so tilt the machine towards the rear (on its back) and listen for anything loose in the machine. Look inside and locate the foreing object. If necessary, tun the machine upside down and shake up and down. Do not turn the machine back on until you have removed the foreign object.
Try to clean the electrical contacts on the back of the cartridge and also in the cartridge socket in the printer. Use isopropyl alcohol or some oil-free and residue-free cleaning fluid. Make sure, that the cartridge is inserted fully and is tightly held by the latch that keeps it in place.
Turn off printer. Reseat all the toner cartridges. Power on printer .. If still a problem turn off and remove all cartiridges and use vacume to remove any excess toner. Use canned air to clean any sensors. Turn the yellow carts gears and see if you have any binds. replace all carts and power on.Problem should be solved. If not, try a different yellow cart.