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I have a Hp 8600 Plus (N911g). Print "Cartridges are Damaged"

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I have an 8600 (n911g)

Printouts were, self clean did not help.

I removed the printhead and flushed all reservoirs with filtered warm water and replaced head and also fitted a new black cartridge - yellow, cyan and magenta had been replaced before cleaning the printhead in an attempt to correct the print issue, so are new and have not printed yet (all 4 are genuine cartridges.)

The printer now says that Yellow, Cyan and Magenta cartridges are all damaged and must be replaced - but they haven't been used!

I tried the reset procedure - 4 presses of the back arrow - and did a semi-reset.

Printer now immediately jumps to "cartridges damaged" after boot up. 

cannot get to reset menu now.

All I get is the replace cartridge animation

If I install the black cartridge only, it says I must use the setup cartridge that came with the printer!

I am reluctant to throw more cartridges or a printhead at this printer.

Any ideas?



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I have a Hp 8600 Plus (N911g). Print "Cartridges are Damaged"



I'm afraid this seems to be a hardware issue with the printhead/ink cartridges. Since you have already performed all the troubleshooting steps, please contact our HP Support team for Service Options:

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