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HOW DO I CLEAN MY PRINTER CARTRIDGES/HEADS?

I HAVE AN HP 5550.  HOW DO I CLEAN MY PRINTER CARTRIDGES/HEADS?

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For using the HP Deskjet 5000 series Printer Assistant:

  1. Double-click the 5000 series printer assistant icon on the Desktop of the computer.
  2. Click Utilities .
  3. Click Printer Maintenance .
  4. Click Clean Cartridges .
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
read info on this HP link:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bpd09339&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=71896

copy and paste the complete link into your browser.
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To clean the HP 56, 57 or 58 ink cartridges please visit the Inkjet411 site which provides recommendations on how to clean the electrical contacts, flex driver cables and how to perform a hot water flush of the nozzle plate (refer to video): http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1519
If the new (or refilled/reman/compatible) HP 56, 57 or 58 ink cartridge refuses to print black/color and/or function at all (i.e. blinking ink light on Deskjet 5000 series printer) or fails to complete the printer alignment following cartridge installation, then the ink cartridge either has a connectivity issue with the flexible printed circuit cable (inside unit where cartridge mates with cable), the rear cartridge contacts or cable contacts are dirty with ink residue, or the cartridge is suffering from marginal internal electrical performance. It is suggested you perform the TAP 43 DIAGNOSTIC PRINTER TEST to evaluate the ink cartridges electrical performance. Visit Inkjet411 support site to see instructional video: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2358
NOTE: For the HP Deskjet 5000 series printer models, when you get an HP 56, 57 or 58 integrated ink cartridge refilled (i.e. currently offered at Costco or Frys today) or if you buy a remanufactured/compatible HP ink cartridge, the ink levels are not initially reset. However, continuing to use an ink cartridge which displays LOW INK alerts is permitted by the printer, simply select OK, CONTINUE or DISMISS when these alerts are observed. Now, it is possible to reset the ink levels by performing the procedure outlined on Inkjet411's site: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1915

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