About a year ago our pretty expensive HP All-In-One c6180 Printer, Copier, Fax, Scanner quit working, giving the error "Ink System Has Failed. Unable to copy, receive faxes, or print. Refer to printer documentation. Error 0x18a01016"
My wife was fed up with this P.O.S printer, as it kept deleting its drivers from her laptop, and we have continually had problems re-installing the drivers. HP loves to make money off of their consumers, and they can't just give you a printer driver. They have to give you a 1GB printer, photo-editor, Adobe Acrobat crapware, Facebook auto-poster, desktop manager, their own search engine, and such worthless stuff, so I was continually downloading their 800MB file and re-installing... See this post for more details: http://beboblog.johnbebo.com/2011/05/09/hp-c6180-printer-and-vista.aspx
Anyway, I had some time today, and although we've already bought a replacement because my wife was so fed up with that P.O.S, I still thought I'd see if I could fix the 'Ink System Failed' problem. I'm kind of handy, and thought the printer might make something good for our kids...
I followed the instructions for taking my printer apart, which were pretty good, at:
It wasn't my brand of printer, but it was close enough. After I got it apart, I noticed my ink pad (upper right of printer) was crusty with dried ink, and there were a couple of other anomalies, like the printer head had come off its wheel. So I took it apart, all the way apart, gave it a thorough cleaning, and put it back together. I still had the same error.
I'm done wasting my time on this expensive-yet-worthless printer. I'll either sell it on Craigs List for parts, or try the fix this guy has at:
I think his method is the best. His video is worth the watch.