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07-26-2011 07:34 AM
I'll keep this brief because I know many have the same problem.
My C8180 is giving the dreaded Ink System Failure message.
Full error: "Ink system has failed. Unable to print. Refer to printer documentation. Error: 0xc18a0001. Turn power off, then on again"
If I do the hardware status reset via the secret menu, I'm able to print one print absolutely perfectly.
After that one print it automatically does a head clean thing (all the noises) and then wont print again (next print attempt gives the above errror).
If i reset again - I can print one time fine (either a full colour copy with lots of colours, a self test or a print alignment via the menu).
It's 2 years old so out of warranty, but I'm fuming that HP support tell me to throw it in the bin because the print head isn't replaceable!
I've tried replacing all the ink cartidges too.
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07-26-2011 08:15 AM
Scratch that... I FIXED IT!
Here's my solution which I hope will help some other people.
OK because the printer was capable of printing ONE print fine after doing the hardware reset (via the secret menu), I ascertained that the print head was indeed functioning fine. It was only when it tried to clean itself that it developed the "problem".
So, I did one print... but it was a Word document FULL of colours (just a whole page of coloured blocks). I printed in high quality to use the most ink.
This appears to have cleaned the heads by running lots of ink through. Next time it tried to clean itself it didn't give the error.
I know, I should work for HP :-D
Good luck out there, there is hope.
07-27-2011 09:27 AM
Hi Matt, glad to hear it's solved. I'll bear this in mind when there are other folks with this error message....
07-28-2011 12:22 AM
1. Press and Hold the “Print Photos” & “Red Eye Removal” buttons. Release both buttons. Display should say “Enter Special Key Combo”
2. Press and release in sequence “Red Eye Removal”, “Print Photos”, “Red Eye Removal”
3. Press and release the right arrow button until the display says “System Configuration Menu”. Go into that submenu.
4. Display should say “Hardware failure status”. Press OK to clear
12-24-2011 05:10 PM
I've followed your instructions. It keeps going back to the hardware failure screen. I press OK to clear it, then it says to press cancel to continue, then it goes back to hardware failure screen. If the printer has been rebooted to get it to print that one print job so many of us have been experiencing, will all have to be cleared or is this problem more serious than others have been experiencing? Thanks for any help. This is my second HP Photosmart printer with this issue and I'm concerned it will mean I won't buy HP again if it continues.
02-13-2012 04:45 PM
04-14-2012 11:03 AM
Found this elsewhere and tried it and it worked for me.
Step Two for C8180: NVM Reset
1. Unplug the power cord from the back of the HP All-in-One.
2. Wait for the unit to go to the sleep mode. Wait for 60 seconds.
3. Press and hold Print Photos & Photo Fix (below this is actually the "red eye removal")
buttons simultaneously on the control panel; keep them pressed and reconnect the power cord to the All-in-One.
4. Continue pressing the buttons until the display goes blank or Reset shows on the control panel display.
- Nikolai says:
Thank you so much for this useful comment baudav. It is really appreciated.
- Tammy says:
All-in-One C6180 will not acknowledge new ink cartridge. Have tried every reset I can find on web. uninstalled and reinstall with cd. Will not print. Have been working on this for 3 days now. Please Help!
- jsaunders says:
I do not have a photo fix on my c8180 photosmart? I have tried above fixes but has not worked. Do you have any other suggestions? I am just days out of warranty which is extremely frustrating.
- jsaunders says:
I tried holding down the red eye removal button and the print photos button and it seems to have worked!! Thanks for sharing this fix. Really appreciate it!