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A 'Cartridge error: Cartridge on Left/Right is not intended for this printer' Message Displays on the All-in-One after Installing a Cartridge

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This document is for the HP Officejet J3600 All-in-One printers.
The error message 'Cartridge error: Cartridge on Left/Right is not intended for this printer ' displays on the printer control panel. The attention light flashes red, and the printer does not print.

Solution one: Use genuine HP cartridges

Which cartridges you use depends on your country or region. Follow these steps to purchase cartridges or check cartridge compatibility for your printer using HP SureSupply.
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and make sure that the country or region location is correct.

Solution two: Remove, inspect, and reinstall the problem cartridge

Follow these steps to remove and inspect the problem cartridge, and then reinstall the cartridge. The cartridge mentioned in the error message is the problem cartridge.
  1. Press the Power button ( ) to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge door. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 1: Open the cartridge door
  3. Press down lightly on the end of the cartridge to release it from its slot, and then slide the cartridge out to remove it.
    Figure 2: Press down on the cartridge to release it
    CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or ink nozzles. Do not reapply the tape to the cartridge. Doing so can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections
    Figure 3: Do not touch the contacts or nozzles
  4. Inspect the cartridge according to the following guidelines:
    • Make sure there is no debris on the cartridge contacts. If there is debris, skip to Solution two in this document to clean the contacts.
    • Remove all protective tape from the ink nozzle.
  5. If the cartridge is clean, free from protective tape, and compatible with your product, reinsert it into the product. Push the upper part of the cartridge forward until it clicks into place.
    • Tri-color cartridges go into the slot on the left.
    • Black cartridges go into the slot on the right.
    Figure 4: Reinsert the cartridge
  6. Close the print cartridge door.

Solution three: Clean the problem cartridge

Follow these steps to clean the cartridge and the cartridge contacts inside the printer.
CAUTION:Do not leave the cartridge outside the printer for more than 30 minutes. If the cartridge is outside the printer for too long, the ink can dry and clog the nozzles.
  1. Gather the following items:
    • Clean, distilled water. Use bottled water if you cannot use distilled water.
      CAUTION:Do not use tap water. Tap water can contain contaminants that can damage the cartridge.
    • Clean cotton swabs, or any soft, lint-free material that will not stick to the cartridges (coffee filters work well).
    • Clean sheets of paper or paper towels to rest the cartridge on while cleaning.
  2. Open the cartridge door. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
  3. Remove the cartridge from its slot, and then place it on a clean sheet of paper with its nozzles facing up.
  4. Disconnect the power cord from the electrical outlet.
  5. Clean the cartridge contacts.
    1. Dip a swab in the distilled or bottled water, and then squeeze the excess water from it.
    2. Hold the cartridge by its sides, and then clean the copper-colored contacts only. Do not touch or clean the ink nozzles.
      Figure 5: Clean the cartridge contacts
      1 - Cartridge contacts
      2 - Ink nozzles - do not clean
    3. Set the cartridge on a clean sheet of paper with its nozzles facing up to dry it.
  6. Clean the carriage contacts.
    1. Dip a fresh swab in the distilled or bottled water, and then squeeze the excess water from it.
    2. Clean the electrical contacts inside the product with the fresh swab.
      Figure 6: Electrical contacts inside the product
    3. Allow ten minutes for the contacts to dry, and then reinstall the cartridge.
  7. Close the print cartridge door, and then reconnect the power cord.

Solution four: Repeat the cleaning and reinstalling steps

If the error message persists, repeat the steps in this document to inspect and clean the problem cartridge again.

Solution five: Replace the problem cartridge

If you have a defective cartridge or printhead, it might be under warranty. To check the warranty on your ink supplies, go to hp.com/go/learnaboutsupplies , select your country/region, and then review the limited warranty information for your supplies.
After you have the replacement cartridge, follow these steps to replace the problem cartridge.

Step 1: Remove the old cartridge

  1. Press the Power button ( ) to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge door. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 7: Open the cartridge door
  3. Press down lightly on the end of the cartridge to release it from its slot, and then slide the cartridge out to remove it.
    Figure 8: Press down on the cartridge to release it
    CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or ink nozzles. Do not reapply tape to the cartridge. Doing so can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections
    Figure 9: Do not touch the contacts or nozzles

Step 2: Install the new cartridge

  1. Remove the new cartridge from its packaging, and then remove the protective tape.
    Figure 10: Remove the protective tape
    1 - Copper-colored contacts - do not touch
    2 - Protective tape with pink pull tab - remove before installing
    3 - Ink nozzles - do not touch
    CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or ink nozzles. Do not reapply tape to the cartridge. Doing so can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections
    Figure 11: Do not touch the contacts or nozzles
  2. Slide the new print cartridge forward into the empty slot, and then push it forward until it clicks into place.
    • Tri-color cartridges go into the slot on the left.
    • Black cartridges go into the slot on the right.
    Figure 12: Install the new cartridge
  3. Close the print cartridge door.

Solution six: Service the printer

If the previous steps did not resolve the issue, you might need to service the printer.
If you have completed all the preceding steps and are still experiencing a problem, you may need further assistance from HP to remedy your concern.
Please contact HP using one of the options found in Contact HP .
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