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New HP officejet pro k5400 prints yellow instead of black

When I did the installation the yellow cartridge light was on at the end, which I think signifies no ink but I removed it and put it back in again and the light went off. However the printer now prints most of the black as yellow. I have aligned printheads, cleaned printheads and even calibrated line feeds for the hell of it, as when it comes to printers I'm not an expert. Did you fix this or does anyone else have any additional advice on this? For example, is there any way to redo the whole start up process that it does on installation? Thanks.

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  • simon_appius Jan 04, 2009

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You can reinstall from scratch that is the only way

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For the cartridge clean it with a damp lint free cloth and also for the printheads wher eyour gonna be inserting the cartridges.
Follow these steps do do the automatic aligning and cleaning:
Click Start and then go to Printers and Faxes (XP), Printers(Vista), Devices and Printers(Win 7)
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Er, NO.
The answer to the above question is clearly misleading.
If you consult the documentation for your HP K5400, which can also be found online, you will find that the printer cartridge lights also blink when the print heads require replacing.
If you have replaced the cartridge and the light still flashes, this is the most common solution. Replace the print heads.
Unfortunately because the printer is badly designed, there is no way of indicating this, and you will have troubles if you attempt to get the HP Toolbox or any other diagnostic tools working.
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