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Pen failure message from utility

With new cartridges (56 & 57) installed about a week prior (they are still "pregnant or weighty" with ink), the printer stopped printing and a "pen failure" message appeared when i went to the utility. (Yes, the Error light was on and could not be turned off by any of my machinations.) What to do next? THANKS, jaygbee

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  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    How do you clean the appropriate hp 1210 parts in the event of a 'pen failure'?


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HP tech support suggests cleaning the ink cartridge contacts and the contacts inside the printer for the cartridges. If this does not clear the problem, try replacing both cartridges (color and b/w) with new ones.

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Now, if you observe an INK SYSTEM FAILURE message then the permanent PRINTHEAD may be electrically damaged (unfortunately it is not replaceable; you can verify this by performing the following):

To bypass INK SYSTEM FAILURE message please see the HP Printer Diagnostics Tests file (pdf) for instructions: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1813

Verify the permanent built-in PRINTHEADs electrical performance inside this legacy printer model by running the TAP 43 diagnostic test (either one of the procedures below applies to all printers which use HP02 or HP363 ink cartridges): For additional HP02 support information, please visit our HP02 system support page which includes videos of everything mentioned below: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1372

A.HP02 ink-series printers with KEYPAD (i.e. keypad numbers 1-9)
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Video Procedure: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2391
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    2. "Enter Special Key Combo" will be displayed.
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    4.At 'Support/Service' menu, click the Right Arrow 3 times until Special Reports menu is displayed.
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    6.Select Ok ('code = 0' will be displayed); click and hold Right Arrow until 'code = 43' is displayed. Use the Left Arrow if you need to decrease numerical count.
    7.Select Ok. The test page prints.
    8.Check the 4th line at the top of the printed report; an electrically good/stable PRINTHEAD 'Pen Status' will state "Pen Status: Pen OK".........if any other message is displayed then the PRINTHEAD may have failed and may need to be replaced (if part is still available). It is suggested to perform the 'Printer Reset' procedure below to first rule out printer firmware related problem.
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    2. Press the Right Arrow button several times to select 'Print Test Page', and then press 'OK'. The test page prints.
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    1. Turn ON the printer.
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