If you are having print quality issues or are experiencing printhead error messages, you may have been impacted from a printhead problem affecting a limited number of Lexmark devices.
IMPORTANT! The following steps require you to download a file to your computer or upload firmware to your printer. The time required to complete this procedure depends on the quality of your network connection and the size of the file involved.
You may encounter the following error messages on your S or Pro Series printer:
There are two troubleshooting guide options if you encounter any of the above-mentioned errors.
Option 1: Clean the Printhead
NOTE: Please read these steps thoroughly first, then perform the steps.
Go to "Replace Printhead" in the menu on the printer.
For touchscreen-capable models:
For all other models:
Open the printer and lift the latch.
Note: You will need to press or squeeze the front part of the carrier to release the latch. Your printer may not look exactly like the image above, but the printhead removal steps should be similar.
Lift the printhead out of the printer carrier.
Important! Hold it by the sides as shown above, make sure not to touch the bottom and back areas.
Clean the contacts on the printhead carrier. This is the frame (and associated contacts) within the printer itself from which you just removed the printhead.
Note: The contacts will look exactly as shown on the image below, but the one found inside the printer.
Wipe the printhead contacts using a clean, lint-free cloth.
Important! Be careful not to touch the ink nozzles and especially DO NOT WIPE them.
Firmly re-insert the Printhead, and then close the latch until it clicks.
Note: Make sure you press down and back on the Printhead after you have latched it in to make certain that it is tight.
Lower the latch and close the cover.
NOTE: If removing and reinserting the printhead does not resolve the error, then proceed to option 2.
Option 2: Firmware Update
It is recommended to update the printer firmware to the latest version, if not 11-25-10 or greater.
Click here to view the steps on how to download the latest printer firmware.
Note: Go to this page for further information.
If you require additional assistance, please contact Lexmark Technical Support. NOTE: When calling for support, you will need your printer/model type and serial number (SN).