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Photo prints are very dark and muddy

When I first starting printing with my C6180 I thought the print quality was quite good. At some point, however, my prints started printing quite dark and I can only make them print decently by excessively increasing brightness in my photo editing programs. I believe my monitor is calibrated reasonably and cannot find any newer drivers for the printer. I have tried with the printer "photo fix" and color managment tools on and off, with little difference. Any ideas?

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    I also have this problem. The images appear fine on screen, but I also cannot compensate for the muddy effect.

    My printer is the HP C6280

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Hey,

I also have this problem. I even have prints that were made when I first got the printer about 2 years ago, which looked great then and now, and the EXACT same picture from the same program prints incredibly (unusably) dark.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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