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HP DeskJet 1600cn doesn't print color

I have replaced all the ink cartridges and the black does a beautiful job but there is no color. At all! I can't even get it to print a self test page using color. (I did this once kind of accidentally and now can't seem to remember exactly how I did it.) It prints a test page but only info and in monochrome. Manuals or any real info on this printer seem to be nearly inattainable. Thanks!

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SOURCE: HP Photosmart 8450 Ink Level Indicator

replace the ink cartridges

Posted on May 31, 2008

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SOURCE: HP L7590 black ink printing poorly even with new HP cartridge

I have had the same problem It is the print head not the cartridge If your printer is still under warranty have the printhead(s) replaced if not Open the unit where the print heads are and hold the OK button for 5 seconds. The Print head carriage will move to the left

Carefully remove the KY (Black & Yellow) Print head with a cotton swab and alcohol clean the contacts and replace the printhead. If this does not work remove the printhead and then with a spray bottle spray the nozzle area on the bottom (DO NOT TOUCH THE NOZZLES AS THEY WILL BE DESTROYED) HP techs have told me this will void any warranty so act accordingly I use a printhead cleaning solution available from most any online ink supplier

Replace the printhead after it has dried out (less than a minute). The printer will then go through an alignment cycle and should print I had to do this several times before the print head performed as it should

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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SOURCE: HP Deskjet 5740 printer won't print in color.

did you check the printer properties on the computer side?
take off of gray scale I believe this may be the reason

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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SOURCE: hp psc 750 won't print with new color ink cartridge

To solve the printing problem..

# Hold the cartridge upside down, with the bar-code label facing you and take a damp paper towel.
# Use the towel to wipe the printhead of the cartridge on the bottom (where the ink comes out). Wipe the printhead horizontally in one direction only (left to right).
# Continue doing this until it looks clean.
# Then dab the cartridge on the towel to make sure the ink is flowing.
# Next, look inside the printer and locate the carrier that holds ink cartridges. Caution: Make sure the cartridges are not installed at this point.

1. Look for a shiny piece of metal underneath the contacts at the back of the carrier.
2. Take a damp cotton swab (use water only!) and wipe along the bottom of the shiny metal piece. Note: You may need more than one swab.

# Reinstall the cartridges, making sure you snap them correctly into the printer.

Hope this help. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

Posted on Aug 24, 2009

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SOURCE: My HP Deskjet F4580 won't print. Print jobs go

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if still the issue is not resolve then contact hp tollfree number 1800-474-6836 they will replaced the printer if the warranty period is there.
hope this should resolve your problem


Posted on Mar 01, 2010

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SOURCE: HP Deskjet 990cxi Printer NOT printing B/W, only red.

To customer of HP deskjet 990cki: I purchased the HP photosmart Plus B209 ~ January 2010. 3 months into, I have learned that when the color ink that you don't use evaporates, the black ink will not work at all, no matter what you adjust or clean.To make it work you have to purchase more color ink...on & on & on..$$$$. Neither HP nor Best Buy will refund my investment. Spoken with HP customer service reps. in the Philippines & Canada both being outside of the US. NO customer satisfaction. No refunds. I suggest Boycotting both corps.

Posted on May 06, 2010

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The HP F4480 likely has a malfunctioning ink cartridge which is causing the printer hang (i.e. internal micro-electronics damage inside the HP 60 color or black ink cartridge). You can verify the electrical condition of both HP 60 ink cartridges by activating the Tap 41 diagnostic test report (see video here for complete instructions): (HP 60 - Deskjet F2400/F4400/F4500 models)
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that refill in 0 air πρεσυρε using vaccum pump

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