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HP Printers – ‘Ink System Failure’ or ‘0x …’ Error Code Displays

This document is for HP Deskjet, Officejet, and Photosmart printers that use 564, 364, 178, 862, or 920 ink cartridges and have a removable printhead.

Example of 564, 364, 178, 862, and 920 ink cartridges

 

An Ink System Failure error message or an error message with numbers and letters (an alphanumeric code), such as 0xc18a0001, displays on the printer control panel or computer.The Ink System Failure error message might display with an alphanumeric code, or the alphanumeric code might display by itself. Some errors begin with ‘0x…’, while others begin with a ‘B’ or ‘C,’ and they are usually preceded by the word Error. The exact text of the error messages varies by printer. Examples of alphanumeric error codes are:

For a complete list of error codes, go to the Examples of additional error codes section at the end of this document.  

 

Caution: This Solution require making changes to your Printer and Computer Settings and so may require technical expertise. It is advised to call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.

 

Step 1: Use genuine HP ink cartridges

HP recommends that you use genuine HP ink or toner supplies. HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP or refilled cartridges. If you do not use genuine HP cartridges, the steps in this document might not resolve the issue. To check the authenticity of your cartridges, go to the HP anti-counterfeit website. Purchase replacement cartridges and other supplies from the HP Store or local retailers.   If you are using Genuine HP Ink Cartridges and still facing the issue, call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.  

 

Step 2: Reset the printer

In some cases, a printer reset can clear the error message.

  1. Turn the printer on, if it is not already on.
  2. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you continue.
  3. With the printer turned on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
  4. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  5. Wait at least 60 seconds.
  6. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet. NOTE: HP recommends connecting the printer power cord directly to the wall outlet.
  7. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer.
  8. Turn on the printer, if it does not automatically turn on.
  9. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you proceed.

If these tips do not help, call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.

 

Step 3: Check estimated ink levels

An empty or low ink cartridge might cause the error. If an Ink Alert message displayed before the error occurred, replacing the ink cartridge(s) might resolve the issue.Check your printer control panel for the Estimated Ink Levels feature. Control panel options vary by printer model. If you are unable to display the ink levels on the printer control panel, select your computer operating system below.

NOTE: Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When an indicator displays low-ink levels, consider having a replacement ink cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not need to replace ink cartridges until print quality becomes unacceptable.

 

Estimated ink levels in Windows

Check the estimated ink levels in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista.

  1. In Windows, search for and open the printer name in the list of results.HP Solution Center opens.
  2. Click Settings, and then under Print Settings, click Printer Toolbox.The printer Toolbox opens.
  3. Click the Estimated Ink Levels tab.The estimated ink levels display.

Example of the ink level display with differing ink levels in each ink cartridge

  1. Replace any low or empty ink cartridges, if necessary.

If these tips do not help, call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.

 

Estimated ink levels in OS X

Check the estimated ink levels on your Mac.

  1. Search the Mac for Print, and then click Print & FaxPrint & Scan, or Printers & Scanners in the list of results.
  2. Click the name of your printer, and then click Open Print Queue.
  3. Click Printer Setup or Settings, click Utility, and then click Open Printer Utility.
  4. Click HP Utility.The HP Utility opens and displays the estimated ink levels.

Example of the ink level display with differing ink levels in each ink cartridge

5. Replace any low or empty ink cartridges, if necessary.

If these tips do not help, call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.

 

Step 4: Clean the ink cartridge vents and contacts

Ink buildup or debris on the ink cartridge contacts and vents might cause an ink cartridge error.

  • Gather the following materials:
    • A pin to clean any clogged vents
    • A clean, lint-free cloth
    • A clean, dry cotton swab
    • Distilled or bottled water   CAUTION: Do not use tap water because it might contain contaminants that can damage the printhead.
  • Turn on the printer, and then open the ink cartridge access door.
  • Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before you proceed.
  • Press the tab on the front of the ink cartridge to release it, and then remove it.

Removing an ink cartridge from the printhead

  • Place the ink cartridges on a clean piece of paper with the ink opening face up.   CAUTION: Do not leave the ink cartridges outside the printer longer than 30 minutes. Doing so can result in damage to both the printer and the ink cartridges.
  • If an orange tab is attached to any ink cartridge, remove it.

Example of the orange tab

  • Examine the vent area located on top of the ink cartridge, next to the HP logo.

Example of the vent area

  • If any of the ink cartridges have clogged vents, use a pin to clean the vents.

Example of a clogged vent

Example of a clean vent

  • Use a fresh, lightly dampened, lint-free cloth to wipe any accumulated ink and debris on the copper-colored contact on the ink cartridge.

Example of the copper-colored contact on the ink cartridge

  • Reinsert the ink cartridges into the matching letter and colored dot slot, and then push the ink cartridge down and forward until it snaps into place.

Example of sliding the ink cartridge into the correct slot

 Example of snapping the ink cartridge into place

  • Run your finger along the top of the ink cartridges to make sure none of them protrude. If any ink cartridges protrude, press down firmly until each ink cartridge snaps into place.
  • Close the ink cartridge access door, and then check the control panel display for the error message.
    • If the error message persists, skip to the step to manually clean the printhead.
    • If the error message has cleared, print a document, and then check the print quality.
    • If the print quality is acceptable, the issue is resolved and there is no need to continue troubleshooting.

 

If these tips do not help, call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.

 

Step 5: Clean the printhead with an automated tool

The printhead could be clogged, and you might need to clean the printhead several times to restore print quality. Use an automated tool from the printer software to clean the printhead.

Clean the printhead in Windows

To run the printhead cleaning tool, make sure your printer is turned on and connected to a Windows computer.

  1. Load paper into the input tray.
  2. Search Windows for your printer model name, and then click the printer name in the list of results.HP Solution Center opens.
  3. Click Settings, and then under Print Settings, click Printer Toolbox.The Printer Toolbox opens.
  4. Click Clean the Printhead, and then follow the onscreen instructions.The printer prints a test page when the printhead cleaning completes.If the error message no longer displays, the issue is resolved, and you can stop troubleshooting.

 

If these tips do not help, call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.

 

Clean the printhead in OS X

To run the printhead cleaning tool, make sure your printer is turned on and connected to your Mac.

  1. Load paper into the input tray.
  2. Search the Mac for Print and then click Print & FaxPrint & Scan, or Printers & Scanners in the list of results.
  3. Click the name of your printer, and then click Open Print Queue.
  4. Click Printer Setup or Settings, click Utility, and then click Open Printer Utility.
  5. Click Clean Printheads, and then follow the onscreen instructions.The printer prints a test page when the printhead cleaning completes.

If these tips do not help, call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.

 

Step 6: Manually clean the printhead

If the printhead cleaning tool did not resolve the problem, the printhead might be installed incorrectly, or there might be ink or debris on the printhead electrical contacts.

   CAUTION: Clean the printhead contacts only after running the printhead cleaning utility from your computer. Printhead contacts contain sensitive electronic components that can be damaged easily.

  • Gather the following materials:
    • A clean, lint-free cloth
    • A clean, dry cotton swab
    • Distilled or bottled water   CAUTION: Do not use tap water because it might contain contaminants that can damage the printhead.
  • Open the ink cartridge access door.
  • Press the tab on the front of the ink cartridge to release it, and then remove it.

Example of removing an ink cartridge from the printhead

  • Place the ink cartridges on a clean piece of paper with the ink opening face up.   CAUTION: Do not leave the ink cartridges outside the printer longer than 30 minutes. Doing so can result in damage to both the printer and the ink cartridges.
  • Lift the latch handle on the ink carriage until it stops.

Lifting the ink carriage latch handle

  • Lift up to remove the printhead from the ink carriage.

Removing the printhead

  • Review the three areas of the printhead that need to be cleaned.   CAUTION: Do not touch the nozzles or the electrical contacts with your fingers. Touch the electrical contact areas only with the cleaning materials. Plastic ramp on the side of the ink nozzles Edge between nozzles and contacts Electrical contacts

 Example of the three areas to clean on the printhead

  • Use a fresh, lightly dampened, lint-free cloth to wipe the electrical contact area from the bottom to the top until no new ink shows on the cloth. Use as many fresh, lightly dampened, lint-free cloths as necessary.

Cleaning the electrical contacts

  • Use a fresh, lightly dampened, lint-free cloth to wipe any accumulated ink and debris from the edge between the nozzles and the contacts.

Cleaning the edge of the printhead

  • Use a fresh, lightly dampened, lint-free cloth to wipe the plastic ramps on both sides, away from the nozzles.

Cleaning the printhead ramps

  • Wipe the previously cleaned areas dry with a dry, lint-free cloth.
  • Use a fresh, lightly dampened, lint-free cloth to wipe the electrical contact area inside the printer from bottom to the top until no new ink shows on the cloth. Use as many fresh, lightly dampened, lint-free cloths as necessary.

Cleaning the electrical contacts inside the printer

  • Wipe the electrical contact area dry with a dry, lint-free cloth.
  • Make sure the ink carriage latch handle is up, and then reinstall the printhead.

 Reinstalling the printhead

  • Carefully lower the ink carriage latch handle.

Lowering the ink carriage latch handle

  • Reinsert the ink cartridges into the matching letter and colored dot slot, and then push the ink cartridge down and forward until it snaps into place.

Example of sliding the ink cartridge into the correct slot

 Example of snapping the ink cartridge into place

  • Run your finger along the top of the ink cartridges to make sure none of them protrude. If any ink cartridges protrude, and then press down firmly until each ink cartridge snaps into place.
  • Close the ink cartridge access door, and then Check the printer control panel display for the error message.

 

If these tips do not help, call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.

 

Step 7: Replace the printhead

Install a new printhead assembly when the existing printhead assembly is damaged or incompatible with the printer. Replacement printhead assemblies are only available from HP Customer Support or authorized service providers.

   CAUTION: Leave the ink cartridges installed until you have a new printhead assembly. After the new printhead arrives, you can remove the ink cartridges. Do not leave the ink cartridges outside the printer longer than 30 minutes. Doing so can result in damage to both the printer and the ink cartridges.If you have a defective cartridge or printhead, it might be under warranty. 

  1. Go to How to Buy HP, and then click your country-language.A Buy HP page displays.
  2. Look for the HP Parts store on this page. The location of the HP Parts store varies depending on your region. Click HP Parts store.
  3. Under Find your part(s), type one of the part numbers below in the Search by part number text box.
    • If your printer uses 4 ink cartridges, type CN643A
    • If your printer uses 5 ink cartridges, type CN642A
  4. Follow the online instructions to order the printhead assembly.

 

Step 8: Service the printer

  If these tips do not help, call our Printer Support Helpline on  +1-877-717-6111 and talk to our Printer Support Expert who will guide you to fix the problems with your Printer.

 

Examples of additional error codes

See the table below for examples of additional error codes that might display on the printer control panel.

0x00759C98 0xC19A0003 0xC19A0025 0xC19AC001 0xC19AC129 0xC19AC2D6
0x61000016 0xC19A0006 0xC19A0026 0xC19AC002 0xC19AC14A 0xC19AC2F7
0x6101BED 0xC19A0007 0xC19A0027 0xC19AC004 0xC19AC16B 0xC19AC318
0x61011BEF 0xC19A0008 0xC19A0028 0xC19AC008 0xC19AC18C 0xC19AC339
0x83C0000A 0xC19A0009 0xC19A0030 0xC19AC010 0xC19AC1AD 0xC19AC35A
0x803C010B 0xC19A0013 0xC19A0033 0xC19AC020 0xC19AC1CE 0xC19AC37B
0xC0000034 0xC19A0014 0xC19A0034 0xC19AC040 0xC19AC1EF 0xC19AC39C
0xC0000185 0xC19A0015 0xC19A0035 0xC19AC063 0xC19AC200 0xC19AC3BD
0xC0000225 0xC19A0020 0xC19A0036 0xC19AC080 0xC19AC231 0xC19AC3DE
0xC18A0106 0xC19A0021 0xC19A0037 0xC19AC0A5 0xC19AC252 0xC19AC3FF
0xC18A0206 0xC19A0022 0xC19A0040 0xC19AC0C6 0xC19AC273 0xC19AC400
0xC19A0001 0xC19A0023 0xc19A0041 0xC19AC0E7 0xC19AC294
0xC19A0002 0xC19A0024 0xc19A0042 0xC19AC100 0xC19AC2B5

 

 

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