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Old 10-25-2018, 01:13 PM
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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I have an HP PSC1210 All in one printer that keeps showing me Error, check cartridges. I just installed new color and black cartridges but the message won't go away and the printer won't turn off. I tried cleaning all the contacts with alcohol, etc but nothing works.

Any ideas?

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Old 10-25-2018, 01:36 PM
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Have you tried the old "trick" of unplugging the power cord, wait a second, plug it back in ?
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Old 10-26-2018, 10:45 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Is there no indication of any error other than "Error, Check Cartridge"? Any other error codes or such?
Also try: some printers I've had required you, after a cartridge replacement, to open and shut the clean-out hatch. I think they expected you to do a visual inspection at the same time. But the switch that told the machine that the hatch was fully closed sometimes didn't work. So opening and shutting the clean-out hatch would clear the error and let it restart.

And there's the old, pull the plug. Note: don't wait "a second" as most electronics have capacitors inside to help protect against voltage spikes. That takes a bit longer to drain down.
Pull the plug and wait a good 20 seconds before replugging.
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Old 10-26-2018, 11:21 AM
Location: Florida -
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This appears to be a common problem ... and has been for a number of years.

With the cost of printers these days, they have almost become throw-aways ... particularly after a few years.
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