Lexmark X4270: how to fix error 1203

Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad...

Solution 1:
  • Try to clean the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..

Solution 2:
  • When error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.

Solution 3:
  • A 1203 error message on the operator panel could indicate a problem with one of the ink cartridges. Please carry out the steps below the image to confirm that this is a cartridge failure rather than a hardware problem.

    Make sure the All-In-One is powered on.

    Pull the control panel towards you, and then open the cartridge access door. The print cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading position.

    Pull the old cartridges towards you, and then lift them out.
    With the cartridges out of the printer, shut the access door and the control panel.
    Power the printer OFF and then back ON.
    Check the operator panel to see if the same error has returned or if a new message has appeared.
    If the message displayed is 1203, there is something wrong with the printer hardware.
    If the message now displaying is Cartridge Missing, do the following:

    1. Reinstall the cartridges into the printer.

    2. Insert the color cartridge in the left carrier. Insert the black cartridge in the right carrier.


    3. Push back firmly on the cartridges until they snap securely into place.

    4. Close the cartridge access door, and then close the control panel.

    5. If the 1203 message is still present on the operator panel, you need to insert one cartridge at a time to determine which cartridge is producing the failure.

    6. With one cartridge in the carrier, close the access door and control panel.

    7. Check the operator panel. If the 1203 error is displayed, this cartridge is the defective item.
      If the Cartridge Missing message is displayed, the second cartridge is producing the failure.

    8. Please replace the defective cartridge.

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MarCrazy said...

Lexmark X4270 Error 1200 Fix - Use link below to see how to fix

Text version below use link above to see pdf with images.

1. Unplug printer from wall and remove power supply.

2. Unplug any phone lines or USB cords connected.

3. Remove printer attachments, paper trays and phone.

Figure 1 - Printer paper holder and completed print tray

4. Lift the front cover of the printer and remove the white rubber bar by pulling the blue lever on right towards you.

Figure 2 – Top view of printer showing the white rubber feed bar with purple attachment

5. Remove the screws underneath the front cover (6 screws), back of printer (2 screws), and bottom of printer (1). View the images below to find where to remove the screws.

Figure 3 - Top view of printer showing which screws to remove.

5. Cont…

Figure 5 - Bottom view of printer. Image on left is cover to screw. Gently remove ribbon cable to reveal the gold screw beneath

6. Flip the front cover open and gently lift the top of the printer cover. Keep front cover open.

7. Remove the ink cartridges out of their carriage.

Figure 6 - Displays ink cartridge carriage with ink cartridges removed.
Caution: Electrical hazard. Keep hand and metal pieces clear of board or any other electrical wires or parts.

NOTICE: The ink cartridges are all the way to one end. If the X4270 is plugged in, the cartridge carrier is stuck and doesn’t move. After further investigation a noticeable small black plastic lever is preventing the ink cartridges from moving. Photo below shows lever up and down (cartridges already moved in image below).

Figure 7 - Shows inside of X4270 and the lever that causes error #1200. Image on left displays lever up. Image on right displays lever down.

8. Push lever down clockwise so it is flush with plastic wall. Refer to image on right in Figure 6.

9. Lift the front cover open (if not already open) and plug in the X4270. Cartridges should move to center as if preparing for replacement.

10. Unplug the X4270 and remove power supply.

11. Remove bottom assembly carefully.

Figure 8 - Displays bottom assembly with lever and spring
Note: The cause of this problem is the spring slides out of place over time, probably because of ink shed on one end of its loop and loop attachment.

Figure 9 - Displays loop attachment

12. Place spring in loop attachment and use hot tip of heated tool to melt top of loop attachment to prevent further errors. Melt top of loop attachment similar of that to a mushroom top.

Figure 10 - Displays fix for jammed carriage.

13. Reattach the lever to the bottom assembly and slide back into place inside the X4270.

14. Plug in and check if operational.

15. Reassemble X4270 using steps 3-7.