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Won't print black

My printer was bought 12/9/07 from Walmart. It has worked great until about 2 weeks ago. Wouldn't print at all; I bought a 2.0gb usb and now it will print in color but not black. I changed the black cartridge twice and it still won't print in black. Please help. I have ran all the softward maintenance programs, uninstalled and reinstalled but still nothing!!

The printer is an all in one Kodak EasyShare 5100

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  • dcoshun Oct 07, 2008

    I ordered the cable from Kodak under the accessories for the easyshare 5100. i did all the updates. I have now requested a new cartridge for the printer; hopefully that will fix it because now I'm sitting here with a useless printer. Glad to save money on ink but if the printer is going to be a problem, I'd rather buy another printer and suffer higher ink costs. Reviewing the forum shows the problem I'm having is one that is common for this printer. Is it possible Kodak would give us an upgrade on printer for the difference in cost of this one and the upgrade. (not software but printer).

  • Anonymous Oct 08, 2008

    will verily print any black ,could it be a bad cartridge

  • Anonymous Oct 09, 2008

    Mine won't print black, either, right now. Worked fine for a couple of months. Now, it is really odd in what gets printed and what doesn't. Sometimes will print pdf pages, but leave out certain items consistently. Sucks.

  • aBitOWhit Oct 11, 2008

    I seem to be having the same problem. Basically identical. First ink change and now it prints crappy.. bad colors, some do some don't.
    Only thing I was curious, did anyone do the updates from kodak? Mine seem to fail for vista and was wondering if maybe the attempt wacked the printer firmware or something. That is why I was curious if there was any type of default reset button combo..

    Good luck, this really sucks since I just bought the printer and have invested over 100 in printer ink. I did the same thing, I thought my ink went bad so I bought a second set of cartridges.

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Just an FYI, not sure if it will work for you but.. I did the firmware update from the Kodak site.
It pretty much gacked on the installation, but.....
the printer started printing correctly and the ink color levels seemed to reset to a higher level again!
The firmware installer (which I think I read in one of the other posts here so I thought I would try it) just sat at Attempting printer connection (for over an hour). I killed it with task manager (or reboot) and my printer started printing normally again, go figure.
I am thinking that whatever was stuck on the printer go reset.
Now they do say not to do anything with the printer while that is running, but after an hour or so, I figured that it never contacted it to start the update.. not sure.. but it appears to work now and also seems to print colors correctly.
I am really thinking that Kodak has a pretty sub-standard code writer department because everything I try to run from them on Vista seems to fail miserably without ever timing out and error results. (yes, I do write code :) )
Well, good luck with it, I do not think I will ever buy another kodak printer again.

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Need latest software kodak 7.0 form website u nee dto go in printer icon in control panel in ther under advaced cheak box says print coler in black white only k

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    nick helpap Oct 07, 2008

    also your 2 gb stick usb may not be combtabale with kodak printer best to buy kodak brand with kodak k

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