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asked Jun 5, 2007 at 11:55am
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Dell All-in-One Printer Cartridge Error 1203

I bought a compatible Dell printer cartridge and it was working fine and now it gives me an error message of 1203. Can anyone tell me what that means? And, what I need to do?

Thanks,
Linda
I had the same issue and found this.

http://www.dellcommunity.com
by unknown on Jun 10, 2007 at 7:29pm Add comment
I found if you cover a copper contact on the color cartridge the erroe clears and the cartridge works. looking from the contact side for the color cartridhe 2nd row contact 2 from the left. I found if I use an ohm meter from 2nd to 3rd contact I measure 119 ohms. I believe that is a shorted cartridge. If you bought it New I would get it replaced. I use a SMALL square piece of Scotch tape.
frank - Anonymous
Dell All-in-One Printer Cartridge Error 1203.
I found if you cover a copper contact on the color cartridge the error clears and the cartridge works. Looking from the contact side for the color cartridge 2nd row contact 2 from the left. I found if I use an ohm meter from 2nd to 3rd contact I measure 119 ohms. I believe that is a shorted cartridge. If you bought it New I would get it replaced. I use a SMALL square piece of Scotch tape. I believe this will work on Lexmark printers.
frank
by swampbug on Jun 15, 2008 at 5:17pm Add comment
this worked for me..thanks
by unknown on Aug 21, 2008 at 8:36pm Add comment
It worked for me, thanks!
by unknown on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:58pm Add comment
This worked for me too, awesome! Many thanks
by unknown on Jun 26, 2010 at 7:36am Add comment
I wrote yesterday about the error message I saw on my printer.
It says, "Cartridge Error #1203" Consult Owners Manual.

I would appreciate it if you can help me to correct this error.
I do not have the Owners Manual but would like to repaie this
error. This is the second Cartridge that I have replaced and
the printer still does not print but tells me the error.
Please help.

[email protected]
by unknown on Sep 20, 2010 at 8:05am Add comment
My parents Dell 926 printer had a cartridge error 1203 just a few days after the black cartridge was replaced with a new one. The 1203 error message would display a diagram of both the black and the color cartridges, but the black cartridge diagram had a (?) in its center (which means that the printer could not identify the cartridge.

What this really boiled down to was that the new black cartridge was improperly manufactured at the factory. The only viable solution was to replace the black cartridge again with still another new black cartridge. The second new black cartridge immediately cleared the error.

I would imagine that if the 1203 error instead showed a (?) in the center of the color cartridge diagram, a new color cartridge would have also cleared the error.
by ReelDeel on Jan 7, 2011 at 5:11pm Add comment
My parents Dell 926 printer had a cartridge error 1203 just a few days after the black cartridge was replaced with a new one. The 1203 error message would display a diagram of both the black and the color cartridges, but the black cartridge diagram had a (?) in its center (which means that the printer could not identify the cartridge).

What this really boiled down to was that the new black cartridge was improperly manufactured at the factory. The only viable solution was to replace the black cartridge again with still another new black cartridge. The second new black cartridge immediately cleared the error.

I would imagine that if the 1203 error instead showed a (?) in the center of the color cartridge diagram, a new color cartridge would have also cleared the error.
by ReelDeel on Jan 7, 2011 at 5:48pm Add comment
My Dell AIO 926 just shows: ERROR 1203. none of the abovementioned solutions worked:(
by unknown on Jul 15, 2011 at 1:36pm Add comment
They would almost have to work. It boils down to two things. Either the cartridge contacts or sockets are dirty (and need to be cleaned), or a new cartridge has to be ordered. The 1203 error message should show which cartridge is giving the trouble---highlighted by a "?" mark. - ReelDeel
I had this error after replacing my black cartridge. I cleaned off the copper contacts on the cartridge and the cartridge recepticle and the error cleared and it works fine>
by unknown on Oct 11, 2011 at 9:32am Add comment
Yes, that's the first thing that one must do in correcting the 1203 error. You were fortunate, but I had to order an additional new black ink cartridge to eliminate the error.
by ReelDeel on Oct 13, 2011 at 7:13pm Add comment
I had the same error and despite all the cleanings nothing worked

I just opened a new ink cartridge, put it in, pulled out the printer plug for 1 min and the error was gone. printer printed an alignment page and all was fine.


Good luck!
by unknown on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:33am Add comment
I just had error code 1203 (cartridge error - short in cartridge)on my Dell 946 printer using a Black Series 8 cartridge that had been working fine for a month. Luckily I had a spare cartridge. I installed it and it worked fine. I purchased my cartridge from Dell and called them to request a replacement. They are sending one.
by unknown on Jan 14, 2012 at 3:59pm Add comment
Dell printers are usually vulnerable to that error , experienced users might have noticed this.
by andimichaels on Mar 12, 2012 at 6:25am Add comment
I have a Photo 964 and it has been working fine since I purchased the expensive DELL cartridges - until today. I did work fine and then stopped printing and gave me the #1203 error. What I don't understand is that it did print a beautiful test copy page - in full color - but won't print anything else. I have tried everything suggested on this site - except replacing the defective (?) cartridges with new ones. I can buy another printer for what I would have to pay for new cartridges! Any ideas? Thanks, Charlie
by unknown on Mar 19, 2012 at 7:07am Add comment
I think that you will just wind up purchasing another cartridge to replace the one that is causing the #1203 error. The cartridge that's creating the error will be highlighted by a (?) which means that the printer can not identify that cartridge.
by ReelDeel on Mar 19, 2012 at 7:47am Add comment
At least you guys gave it a go with some MacGyver like solutions. Unlike that faggot of the year candidate rock star rick on the dell forum. I would like to kill him emotionally and spit in his face.
by unknown on Oct 16, 2012 at 10:54pm Add comment
My friend Anthony Mandich told me about this fix of yours with the scotch tape and shit. LOL I'm glad that I listened to him because this fucked up nigger rigged solution actually works quite well.

A big shout out to Anthony Mandich for informing me of this and doing the google research for me because I was tearing my hair out and getting so incredibly frustrated.

A big huge "SUCK IT" to Dell and Lexmark for not having an internet location which meticulously breaks down every single possible error message that a user may see on the screen and explains what the realistic and accurate way to proactiveley do something positive to resolve the issue. The money wasted on their piece of shit printer is not even the issue that troubles and frustrates me.

It is the time wasted! Those precious hours, minutes, seconds which are the most valuable commodities a human being has on the planet earth in this life........

I absolutely abhor wasting time on fruitless internet searches for unsolvable problems by Fortune 500 companies who choose to be deliberately obtuse, misleading and vague in the hopes of getting you to spend money that you should never have to spend on technical support or some other such bullshit.

I hate you Dell. I hope you die.
by unknown on Oct 16, 2012 at 11:01pm Add comment
I hear ya Puppy Dog Lips! Ever since my "ex" brought a dell this and a dell that there has been nothing but problems in my home: from the daily ink error msgs to the loud fan on the desktop! I believe DELL has contributed to at least 2\% of our divorce! this is my very first cyber communication- how'd i do;) P.S. My Samsung is beautiful- no loud fan noise. Still dealing w/ dell printer until i can get a new one....
by unknown on Dec 3, 2012 at 10:37am Add comment
DELL Printer is absolute Shit. Never works without loads of hassle, scanning has always been hardwork and cartridges are expensive and dont work for long before need replacing.

WIL NEVER BUY AGAIN>>>>>>>
by unknown on Dec 18, 2013 at 11:13am Add comment
Thanks for a great tip, it worked for me. I found it easier to apply TipEx correction fluid than to cut out and affix such a tiny square.
by inspired on Jun 26, 2014 at 6:05am Add comment
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by unknown on Jul 31, 2014 at 12:34am Add comment