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HP 5550 prints only half of most lines

I've seen other requests to fix this problem on the internet, but most people seem to remain unsatisfied. The problem happened after re-filling my own cartridge to save $. Only the top half of most lines print. Cleaning the cartridge and connections doesn't seem to help.

Any thoughts?

Greg

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If you print very much, especially with color, the best solution may be to sell the HP, and get  a Canon MP520,  it's super fast for an inkjet, the brand name Canon ink cartridges are much larger in (ml) ink, it comes with FULL ink cartridges, not starters with little ink.   The color in is in individual cartridges C, Y M (they don't all get used at the same rate) so you will potentiall save lots of money.  A Canon brand Black cartridge for $13 prints about twice as many pages as the HP $30 cartridge ... you do the math.  

Oh yeah,  it's a scanner and fast color&bw copier too.

$129 at walmart (the cost of about 4 HP cartridges)  I am confident that you will never buy another HP printer.  


..ajm
Current owner of 3 HP printers,  1 HP laptop and 1 Compaq(HP) laptop, previously 3 other HP printers.  

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

  • A Mayers Nov 01, 2008

    You may have already tried these .. but here goes.


    if the printhead was not in use for a good while before you filled it, you may have dried ink clogg a few of the tiny outlets. soaking the print head in water, head down immersed in  1/2" for a hour to overnight, then use a qtip soaked in isopropal alchol to clean the printhead in a vertical up and down motion.


    If the cartridge didn't sit inactive for sometime prior to refill,  just try the ispropal qtip part above. You could have gotten a little bubble of air lodged near part of the tiny holes, the soaking cleaning may help with this.


    I have had mixed success with "professionally" refilled ink cartridges and toner cartridges, it seems they are not many/any outfits doing this that have the ability to do good quality check after refill.  About 20-40% of the remanufacturerd (read:refilled) had significant print problems.   HP sells the expensive carttidge with a new print head each time to keep qualitity high,  but they do charge way too much!!






    good luck

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