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Very simple solution: The cartridges still have ink in them but printing is very slow. Remove the cartridges from the printer. Take a wet paper towel and wipe the print head on each one until the ink flows from each head. Usually it is the color cartridge because it is used less than the black one. Once ink is flowing again, reinsert the cartridges into the printer and your normal printing speed will return. This worked for me, no thanks to the "experts" or trouble shooting guides..
In the program that you are printing from, find "Fonts" on the menu and change to a larger number OR from Printing preferences on the print job, open printing properties and choose something larger than 100%
If it's coming from the scanner I'm guessing that the gears are grinding the wrong way and will continue to deteriorate. Safe bet is to have it checked w/ HP or at least have a technician take a look at it.
I identified this issue with my Officejet 6110xi All-in-One as firmware corruption. Attempting to install the supplied firmware update gave the error that "no hp device connected to the computer would benefit from it at this time." Attempted to power down the printer using #9 keystroke and got "FULL RESET" message, but problem of extremely slow printing and erratic behavior of the print heads persisted. I solved the problem by putting the printer outside in cold weather for two (2) days. This frequently resets firmwares with software corruption back to their embedded EEPROM state. Hooked the printer back up and worked fine. If cold weather is not available you could try other creative methods of cooling the device, just use a plastic bag and with ideally some drying packets thrown in to prevent excessive moisture buildup in the cold environment. The colder it is the faster the firmware resets.
Presuming you're using a usb connection, try changing the cable with another just to ensure the cable's not defective.
If that doesn't resolve your problem, try the following: Right click on My Computer. A window titled System properties appears. Left-click the Hardware, then Device Manager. If you're using a USB Connection, scroll down the list to Universal Serial Bus Controllers and Click the "+" to open the list. Your printer should appear there. Right click on the name of your printer click "uninstall". Do the same if you see any red or yellow markings on any of the other USB controllers. Then restart your computer and Windows Plug & Play will reinstall the drivers. Update your software and drivers from HP's website.