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"Cartridge problem - Remove and reinstall..."

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Dell i5-8265U
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Re: HP Officejet Pro 6978

I have had nothing but problems with this printer 😞  The blue ink worked for a week, and has not worked since (almost a year now).  I have repurchased entire sets of ink 4 or 5 times, and worked my way through every suggested fix.

Currently, I have all new cartridges installed (as of 60 minutes ago).  The blue is HP, the rest are Office Depot brand (these cartridges have all been out of stock for months - I take what I can get).  They are all 902 cartridges.

I am now getting the "Cartridge problem - Remove and reinstall..." error message for the first time.  I cannot even print a test page.

I have tried:
--cleaning the printhead (more times than I can count)
--resetting the printer's memory (thrice today only)
--cleaning the metal contacts (today)
--hard reset per this thread: (today)

--and in previous months I have chatted with virtual assistants (just once, because what a pita that was... entering all the data from each individual cartridge?! - ugh), tried the HP Smart App for help numerous times, and bounced around HP support like it was a full-time job.

I turned printer updates off earlier today.  I had already disabled cartridge protection, and I'm clearly at my wit's end.  The printer cost a little over $200 new... I feel like I threw that money away 😞  I have literally never had so many problems with a simple printer... and I've been through DOZENS of printers in my 40+ years as an administrator.

Thoughts?  Other than running it over with my car and shelling out another $200+?

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