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3 days ago my printer suddenly began printing all documents skewed. Printing quality is fine, only that all prints are skewed/not aligned. Since I had "refill" cartridges and was getting a message from HP Solutions Centre showing an error with at least one cartridge, I assumed the problem was with the cartridges. As you will see below though, I now think think that the problem was not with cartridges but rather with having put printer in draft mode. Yesterday, still thinking the problem was with the cartridges, I replaced the cartridges with genuine HP cartridges. The printing was still skewed/not aligned. - I have tried repeatedly to manually realign via the HP Solutions Centre toolbox function. It does not help. The alignment page itself, which otherwise prints out perfectly, comes out skewed/not aligned! - I have tried cleaning the heads via the HP Solutions Centre followed by going through the alignment procedure once more and still nothing changes. Oddly, this morning, I printed a one-page letter in normal mode expecting it to be skewed, but it came out - to my great surprise - perfectly! I then set the printer in draft mode to print a copy of the same letter and that copy draft-mode copy came out skewed. I have reset the printer to normal, but now as before everything is coming out skewed again. As a result of what has just happened, and now what I have been reading in forums, it seems that this machine has a habit of reacting badly after being placed in draft mode. - Ive just tried the realignment process again and, as before, it does not help. - I unplugged the printer while it was on and pulled the power cord from the printer itself in an attempt to get it to reset itself. This has made no difference. What I dont understand is that this crazy printer did suddenly give me one page perfectly. Only after I went into draft mode did it start to print skewed again. I now believe that (putting the printer in draft mode and not the cartridges) is what caused the problem to start 3 days ago. What can I do to get this machine to start printing properly again - as it did all of a sudden and all on its own this morning? Thank you!

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  • Mark Nov 01, 2012

    The printer model is HP F4280

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# 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).
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