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HP Deskjet 5550 cartridge carriage stuck

I've been trying to fix this Deskjet 5550. It worked until I went to change the ink cartridges. I had no problem removing the cartridges..... as they ink carriage moved to the middle position... but I closed the lid and the carriage went to the left and now stays there...

any ideas on what maybe the problem?

I went through some of the procedures of shutting everything down and restarting everything... I followed the instructions for issues like this from HP's site.... but nothing...

Thanks.
Lhlalyam

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  • sophiesmom Mar 04, 2008

    I have the same problem - everything was fine until I changed the cartridges. The lights are blinking and I followed the manual, as well as the suggestion on this site. Appreciate any suggestions. Thank you

  • mgrabner Mar 25, 2008

    I replaced two new ink cartridges and now the ink light keeps flashing and it will not print. I,ve tried everything.

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I have had this same problem a few times, not due to changing the cartiges, but following one of my kids yanking on a peice of paper as it was printing. After I tried all the unplugging and clearing and re-starting, the arm was still stuck on the left. I read on some forum (can't remember where) while the printer is off, to gently push/pull on the cartiges until they un-jam or start to move. I flet like I was going to break it, but it has worked every time.

Hope this helps osmeone else!

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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HP just gave me a fix which worked for my issue:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bpd09798&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=71896&dlc=en⟨=en

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I have had this happen. The easy way to fix, is put a ***** driver, or similar, down to the blue clip and press down. whilst doing this gently pull the holder back. it seems to happen if you dont close the blue clip correctly.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

I had the same issue and managed to fix it. Here's how:

1) remove both cartidges
2) unlug the USB and power cord
3) remove the back cover
4) reconnect everything in the reverse order (put back cover on, attach cords, insert ink)
5) Pray for a moment, then hopefully all will be well. Worked for me.

Thanks
Mark

Posted on Mar 01, 2008

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