Printer cartidges don't move into place


Old 11-27-06, 06:17 AM
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Printer cartidges don't move into place

Hello. My printer (Lexmark Z45) started jamming up inside, with the color and black and white cartridges not moving over into place when I turn it on. Even when I open the door to the printer, the cartridges stay over on the right and don't move to the middle where they should be. The blue light on the right just blinks and doesn't stay on solidly like it should. What's wrong? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 11-27-06, 04:35 PM
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Check to see if any position encoder sensors and/or strip are clean from ink and debris.
Old 11-27-06, 08:46 PM
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Where do I find these sensors and strip and how do I clean them? Thanks.
Old 11-28-06, 04:43 AM
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Try all you want to fix this on your own, but don't even think about taking it somewhere to be repaired, and be leery about spending any money on new parts.

Printers of this sort aren't worth repairing.
Old 11-28-06, 04:57 AM
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These printers are almost long term disposable devices these days.

With ink jets, more often then not the problem is a build up of ink, that has become a solid entity. It ever so slow drips out of the cartridges and over time it turns into a nice solid pile that ends up blocking movement.

They are fixable but is it worth it to you? You can usually get a nice newer model for not that much money. The older an inkjet printer the more things you have going against you. The ink expires over time (starts to dry inside the cartridge), so sometimes when you buy cartridges for an older printer the do not work so good, or have short life spans. New printers tend to have better print quality then the older models.

If you wish to try and fix/clean. Rubbing alcohol usually works well for cleaing off some of the ink, but big buildups are tough and you need to really dig it out, I have used letter openers before (last resort)

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