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This is a trick i learned from a local IT from the neigborhood.

he first removed the ink cartridges then wiped the nozzles with look warm water dipped tissue. after drying he took a syringe and injected the nozzles with warm water. let it dry out for an hour. then sprayed them with wd40. after letting the wd40 dry for another hour he reloaded the inks tried to print then walla ... its like good as new

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How to remove & clean the Print Head

1.Turn on the printer. Open the cover to expose the printer carriage. Wait for 3 seconds and unplug the printer from the electrical outlet. The print cartridge will stay in place by unplugging the power.

2.Remove the ink cartridge from the carriage by lifting up on the tab holding each cartridge in place. Remove the ink cartridge by pulling it out and up.

3.Use a lint-free cloth to gently wipe the copper contacts on the bottom of the ink cartridges. If the residue is stubborn and won't wipe off, use a cotton swab dipped in bottled water to remove the residue by rubbing gently. Do not wipe the nozzle on the ink cartridge; wipe only the flat contacts. Lay the cleaned ink cartridge on it side on newspaper. Do not stand it upright with the copper contacts touching the newspaper or the ink will drain out.

4.Use the lint-free cloth to wipe the contact points in the print carriage. If the residue won't come off, use a cotton swab wet with bottled water to remove the residue. Wait 5 minutes after you have cleaned the printer contacts before replacing the ink cartridge.

5.Place the ink cartridges back in the printer cartridge. Snap down the top to secure the cartridges. Plug the power cord in the wall outlet. Close the cover. The printer is ready to use after running through the initialization.

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Apr 02, 2013 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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My printer is going through the process, however paper comes out blank. Ink is showing to be full, but I have not used printer in over a year. Could it be the Ink cartridge?

Yes. When you don't use it for a while, the ink clogs at the nozzles.
Get it cleaned from a capable professional in the area.
If there is no one to support, you can try the following (at your own risk).
Hold the nozzles to steam from a kettle for 10-20 seconds, gently wipe the nozzles with a clean cloth or absorbent paper, and try printing.
Put some water into a bowl that is warm such that you can barely put your hand in. Dip the nozzles in water (Don't get the circuit part wet) and gently move the cartridge in water (again, only the nozzles should be in water). gently wipe the nozzles with a clean cloth or absorbent paper and try printing.
Good luck!

Sep 16, 2011 | Lexmark Z1300 InkJet Photo Printer

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i changed my ink cartridges and now it won't print. they are in installed correct. i keep getting a po2 error message.

the ink might have got coagulated better remove the cartridge and dip it in mild hot water for few minutes and wipe the water and replace it it would do the trick.

May 13, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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I just put in a new black ink cartridge and it will not print black ink. The color ink prints, but the black will not.

Hello nicfurtaw, there are dried ink on the ink carousel, or cradle, you may need to soften the ink. Use cotton buds, dip into warm water and gently wipe the ink hole where the ink pass through, until the carousel is clean.
  1. remove the black ink cartridge
  2. find the spot where the ink pass through
  3. see dried ink on it.
  4. use cotton buds dipped in warm water to soften the ink.
  5. do this several times
  6. clean enough, test to see if the black ink will pass through
  7. replace the black ink cartridge
  8. test the printer.

Feb 10, 2011 | HP Photosmart C3180 All-In-One InkJet...

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Printing problems with HP PSC 1317

remove the cartridge from the printer . in the bottom of the cartridge you can see the ink nozzles.shake the cartridge well & you can see the ink is coming out from the nozzles.clean it with tissue paper and put it back. or dip the cartrige in the warm water (be careful not dip the enter cartrige. only the bottom nozzles part )for one minute and shake the cartrige well.clean the nozzle with tissue and put it back.

Sep 25, 2009 | HP PSC 1315 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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