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My printer has worked excellently for 6 years. I replaced both b/w and colour cartridges before Christmas and both worked well until last weekend when the printer simply informed me the incorrect colour cartridge had been inserted. Now nothing will print. I have taken out both cartridges and re-inserted them. I know the easy anwer will be to suggest I buy new cartridges, but I do not use the computer/printer frequently and in the past cartridges have certainly lasted longer than 6 weeks.Any ideas? the printer is an Office Jet K80 Peter Frawley, Australia

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Turn printer off, unplug and let sit for a bit. Plug back up and power on. Try running a ink or printehead cleaning and or calibration from the menu or settings button on the printer.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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My cyan colour is finished, i have to print a black colour documents, printer is not allowing to print, please help


switch to black and white on the printer settings.make sure ignore colour warnings are turned off

if that doesnt work youll need to replace the cyan,get it refilled for less or order online to reduce cost

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Why your inkjet printers last only one year


Inkjet ink is glycerine and alcohol
Inkjet printers need to be used. You cannot leave an inkjet on a shelf and print only once a year. Use the thing occasionally. Use the same page, both sides, just to run it once in a while. Once a month will usually do.
Inkjet machines that have replaceable individual ink
DO NOT LET THE INK RUN OUT. Have a standby ink for all colours or go and get ink as soon as it runs out. Today will be good. Next week may be too late. Do not remove the ink cartridge until you have a spare to install NOW.
Inkjet with all colours in one cartidge, black with a metal bottom, black and colour with a metal bottom on each.
It does not matter if these run out of ink. The whole cartridge must be replaced. If you refill your ink at a store, place the cartridge in a ziplock bag and seal it. Take the cartridge in the same day for best results.
If you refill your own cartridges, do it right away for best results. Press the refilled cartidge head on a clean paper half a dozen times to see if you get nice clear bands.
Replaceable print heads separate from the ink
You don't want to buy one. $$$. A clogged one can be sometimes restored by soaking in PURE alcohol (99%). Swish it around a bit up and down to help clean the head pores. Dry it off and try in the machine.

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I HAVE A HP PSC 1215 WHICH I HAVE HAD FOR FIVE YEARS, RECENTLY I HAVE NOTICED THAT IT WILL NOT PRINT IN BLACK DESPITE HAVING A REPLACEMENT CARTRIDGE. THE COLOUR WORKS WITHOUT BLACK PORTIONS.


Time for a new printer. All inkjets are made to just last 3-4 years. Yours is a 5-6 year old. Good replacements can be had to $100 or less.

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Error - says can't recognize an ink cartridge


Hi there

You can try this but it lots to do but may help

This message may be resolved by resetting the unit. Please follow these
steps:

1. With the printer powered on, open the cover. The ink will move to
the left hand side.

2. Push down on the end of the black cartridge. A clicking noise will
be heard.

3. Slide the cartridge out of the holder towards you.

4. Push down on the end of the colour cartridge. A clicking noise will
be heard.

5. Slide the cartridge out of the holder towards you.

6. Once both cartridges are removed, unplug the power to the printer
(without turning it off).

7. Reconnect the power cord.

8. Turn on the printer.

9. Open the cover. The carriage that holds the ink will move to the
left hand side.

10. Make sure the orange cap is off of the bottom of the black
cartridge.

11. Place the black cartridge in the bottom of the printer.

12. Slide the black cartridge back until is cannot go back any further.

13. Push up on the end of the black cartridge, a clicking noise should
be heard.

14. Make sure the orange cap is off of the bottom of the colour
cartridge.

15. Place the colour cartridge in the bottom of the printer.

16 Slide the colour cartridge back until is cannot go back any further.

17. Push up on the end of the colour cartridge, a clicking noise should
be heard.

Please note that the colour cartridge will stick out further than the
black cartridge.

Close the cover. The printer should make some noise for a few moments,
and then return to standby.

If the message persists, to clear the low ink-warning message, press and
hold down the button for at five seconds, and then release
it. This will disable the ink detection until that cartridge has been
replaced.

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HP DeskJet 850c will not print colour


It could well be the printer head (the area where the cartridge locks into the printer) has gummed up contacts. Take a soft, lint-free cloth and wipe down gently wipe down the face of the contacts. Keep wiping until all residue is removed. Reinstall a color cartridge and then run the printer's software alignment utility (this is part of the software that comes with the printer).

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Canon i865 - black print is blurred/fuzzy on every 3rd line. Have done clean, deep clean, changed both 3 and 6 cartridges. No problems until recently. Beautiful full colour photographs clear and sharp,...


Your printhead has burned out nozzles, the black is the most used and first to go. It switches nozzles during printing for even wear, that's why every few lines you get bad spots.You need a new printhead.

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Leaking Black Colour


REPLACE THE PRINTER AND SAVE YOURSELF A HUGE MESS

Understand when I suggest replacing the printer, it isn't that you can't fix it or that I'm not answering your question. But to do so will require cleaning every inch of the internal components. The ink will stain everything it touches and you'll need a smock, a work area, and probably gloves.

See what happens is that where the print head parks there is an ink absorber and below it is an ink well. The ink absorber is a sponge like arm that cleans off the cartridge and the well catches the loose ink. Inkjet printers are for the most part not designed to last past a few years, so few printers have a method for emptying these. When they become full the printer will start leaking ink in torrents but will continue to function normally for quite a while until it fills every nook and cranny of the printer. While all you notice is a sightly higher consumption of ink.

By the time you start visibly seeing the ink come out of the printer, the inside is a huge mess, and when I say huge I mean without cursing, words just can't express how nasty and ink smeared it is.

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If its a Canon printer try this.
OK, Canon will hate me for posting this.

1. Remove ink cartridges
2. Remove print head
3. go to sink or tub (stainless steel, not plastic type), pick up a roll of paper towel on the way.
4. Fold several layers of paper towel and place on flat surface.
5. Run hot water until HOT!
6. Turn hot water back to a dribble.
7. Run the dribbling hot water through print head, be careful not to wet the gold contacts.
8.When water running through print head is clear, place print head on paper towel.
9. Repeat number 7 and 8 until no colour shows on paper towel.
10. Gently DAB print head (DO NOT WIPE) inside and out with dry paper towel until dry.
11. I normally replace print head after drying, but you may wish to let it air dry overnight.
12. Replace print head in printer and install cartridges
13. Start printing.

I do this to all 4 of my Canon printers every 6 months or so.

If any colour fails to print after this process it means your print head probably needs replacing.

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you can try this to really clean the print head: Canon will hate me for this.

1. Remove ink cartridges.
2. Remove print head.
3. Go to sink or tub (stainless steel, not plastic type), pick up a roll of paper towel on the way.
4. Fold several layers of paper towel and place on flat surface.
5. Run hot water until HOT!
6. Turn hot water back to a dribble.
7. Run the dribbling hot water through print head being careful not to wet the gold contacts.
8.When water running through print head is clear, place print head on paper towel.
9. Repeat number 7 and 8 until no colour shows on paper towel.
10. Gently DAB print head (DO NOT WIPE) inside and out with dry paper towel until dry.
11. I normally replace print head after drying, but you may wish to let it air-dry overnight.
12. Replace print head in printer and install cartridges
13. Start printing.

I do this to all 4 of my Canon printers every 6 months or so.

If any colour fails to print after this process it means your print head probably needs replacing.

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