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Deskjet 840C - replaced black cartridge, now the orange LED is blinking and won't print

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by James Sweet, May 15, 2007.

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  1. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    My Deskjet 840C printer has been great, until now I've never had a problem
    with it. Black ink ran out, started fading then only a few streaks of black.
    I popped in a new cartridge and now it just sits there blinking the orange
    (bottom) LED and makes a soft clunk every 10 seconds or so. I've tried power
    cycles, unplugging it, putting the old cartridge in, etc. Anyone seen this
    before? I know it's cheap to just go buy a new printer but it bugs me to
    just toss it out when it's been working fine and I have a few spare
  2. b

    b Guest

    I had this same problem with my 930c; turned out the replacement cart
    wasn't an exact match. try another.

  3. Pinballer

    Pinballer Guest

    when you put the old one back in does the orange light go out and the
    printer act normail. I have the 842C and went through the exact same thing
    and the new cart. was bad. Put another in and all was fine.
  4. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Well dang, it does! I had initially thought the old cart did the same thing
    but when I put it back in the light keeps blinking because it's empty but
    the printer otherwise works.

    Now the dilemma, do I buy a new black cartridge for half what a whole new
    printer costs or do I just buy a new printer? I hate to junk one that works
    but the cartridges are stupid expensive and I've had bad luck with refills.
  5. Pinballer

    Pinballer Guest

    buy the cart. off of ebay. You can get a black one for as little as $2 plus
    $3 for shipping. You can even buy then in matched sets of black and color
    for $15 shipped.
  6. If you decide to junk it send it my way.

    - Mike
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