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Re: HOW DO I CLEAN MY PRINTER CARTRIDGES/HEADS?
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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1. Turn on the computer and monitor. If using a Windows-based computer, click the "Start" button on the toolbar at the bottom of the monitor screen.
2. Move to "Settings," then "Control panel."
3. In "Control panel," look for "Printers and other hardware." Click on it. Inside this dialog box, you should now click on "Printers and faxes."
4. In the "Printers and faxes" dialog box, select the HP printer icon.
5. Using the right mouse button, click on the "HP printer" icon. At the bottom of the list, click on "Properties."
6. You should see seven tabs in this dialog box. To clean the printer heads, click on the "Services" tab. Under this tab, select "Align the printer cartridges" and "Clean the printer cartridges." For now, click on "Clean printer cartridges."
7. A new dialog box should appear, then click on the "Clean" button. The cleaning will now begin for the printer heads. This only takes about two minutes to complete. If you think your printer heads have not be cleaned well enough, do another test until the printer functions as it should.
8. Cleaning printer heads is something that should be done on a regular basis. Cleaning the printer heads will keep the printer from being ruined and causing unnecessary headaches.
cleaning the heads on printers is kind of a risky move, because, if you want to get them thoroughly clean, you'll have to actually take the cradle off of the rail, inside the printer, and use Q-tips with a tad of rubbing alcohol on them, or just use almost a full cartridge's worth of ink, to make it clean itself.