Ink system failure (856 Views)
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Ink system failure

While printing a 5 page document, my printer just stopped after shooting out 4 of the printed pages.  The screen started blinking and is read -Ink system failure, unable to print ,refer to printer documentation, Error OXC 18a 0001-


This printer is an HP Photosmart C8180 All-In-One, just 9 days out of warrenty.  I can not find any reference in the printer documentation regarding this error number. 


I can not print anything, even color.  I have turned the printer off, unplugged it waited 15 seconds replugged it, turned it back on.    I have cleaned all the cartridges and print heads with a coffee filter and distilled water.  Nothing seems to work I think it might be a problem with the print head but do I have to replace all the the heads or just the black one?  They cost somewhere near $40.00 each and I bought the printer  last Feb on sale for $139.00.  It seems foolish to replace heads when the printer was so cheap, but throwing it away also seems foolish to me.  I just think you should get more than a year and a couple of days out of a HP printer.


Has anyone had this problem and knows how to fix it????

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Re: Ink system failure

The troubleshooting steps here may help resolve your issue.

Bob Headrick, Microsoft MVP Windows Expert - Consumer,  HP Expert

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