HP CF531A | 205A Cyan



COMPATIBLE WITH


  • Colour LaserJet Pro M180
  • Colour LaserJet Pro M180n
  • Colour LaserJet Pro M181
  • Colour LaserJet Pro M181fw

Troubleshooting - Click each question for details


Your cartridge contains very fine powder called ‘toner’. Prior to installation gently rock the cartridge from side to side 2 to 3 times to allow the powder to move into position before printing. You will not need to repeat this process once the cartridge is installed as most cartridges contain a mechanical paddle which agitates the powder during the printing process.
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We can remanufacture this product in a way that does not require the use of a seal. Simply remove any clip or brightly coloured tape from the toner cartridge, insert the cartridge into your printer and it will work as normal.

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Prior to remanufacturing the cartridge, each product is tested to ensure the drum, usually a dull blue/green colour, is in a good condition. Original drums are very versatile and can in some cases be repeatedly used.

If the original drum has been damaged during the collection and recovery process, a new drum will be fitted which will usually be a shiny light green colour.

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Some toner cartridges are fitted with removable seals to prevent toner leaking from the product. Remove the toner cartridge from your printer. Locate the detachable plastic seal on the side of the cartridge and pull away from the cartridge until it is fully removed. Re-insert the cartridge into your printer and print as normal.

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To avoid patent infringements the design of the memory chip may differ from the original product. Some laser toner cartridges when installed will not display the memory status bar of your printer display. This does not affect the performance of the cartridge and you may continue to print.
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Remove the cartridge from the printer and while the printer is still on, remove the power by switching off the printer at the socket. Leave the printer for 10 minutes to allow all power to drain and the error to clear.

In the meantime, find the chip on your cartridge and give it a wipe with some tissue to make sure there is no ink or dust interfering in the communication between the cartridge and the printer.

After 10 minutes, switch your printer back on and re-install the cartridge.

If this did not resolve your problem then unfortunately the cartridge is faulty and should be returned to your store.

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If the steps in the answer to the previous question did not solve your problem, re-install all your old, working cartridges. Then replace them with your new cartridges one by one to identify which colour cartridge is causing the error.

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Some laser toner cartridges are fitted with a memory chip which prevents the cartridge working once the chip has reached the end of its pre-set counter. This chip cannot be reset.

Please note that some chips are radio frequency devices and are fitted to the interior of the cartridge and cannot be visually detected.

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Many cartridges are fitted with an internal waste tank which is designed to collect any paper dust and toner powder from cleaning cycles. This waste tank can be disturbed when removing the cartridge from the printer.

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In the unlikely event toner powder is deposited onto a work surface, wipe away with a damp disposable tissue. Always unplug the printer from the power supply before cleaning your printer.

To remove toner from your hands use cold water with mild household soap. Do not use warm or hot water as this will fuse the toner to your skin.

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Printer manufacturers often use the roll out of their printer firmware updates to prevent you from choosing the origin and type of supplies you use in your printer. This has been done is ways such as blocking the use of remanufactured/recycled cartridges entirely, applying a 'cartridge lock' system that locks a cartridge's usage to a printer and introducing a new 'generation' of the same cartridge model to stop older, remanufactured cartridges being re-used.

Most printer manufacturers will prefer you to set your printer to automatically download and install their updates for this very reason. We suggest that you disable the automatic update option to allow you to continue to use remanufactured cartridges and also to recycle your cartridge after it has been used. By allowing your printer to update the firmware automatically you are risking being locked into only using the more expensive and less environmentally friendly original branded cartridges.

So we highly recommend switching off your printer's firmware automatic updates and dismissing future messages asking you to update your printer. These steps are a general guide to how to stop the updates, but please note that they will vary slightly depending on your exact printer model.

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