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Solution one: Check the ink levels To allow for full use of the cartridges, some printers continue to print even after the cartridges are completely out of ink. Follow these steps to check the ink levels in the Toolbox . The Toolbox is part of the standard printer software. Depending on the version of Toolbox on your computer, the appearance of the Toolbox features might vary.
NOTE: Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When an indicator shows low ink levels, consider having a replacement cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. Print quality deteriorates as cartridges run out of ink.

  1. Click Start (color ink problem - c01827528.gif ), click All Programs , click the HP folder, and then click the icon for your HP printer (c02053172.gif ). The printer software opens.
  2. In the printer software, double-click Estimated Ink Levels . The Toolbox opens.
  3. Click the Estimated Ink Levels tab to display the estimated ink level of each cartridge. Figure 1: Estimated ink level indicator c02752297.gif Image: Estimated ink level indicator.
  4. If the ink level indicators show that a cartridge is low or empty, replace the cartridge.
  5. Try printing again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue , you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists , continue to the next solution.
Solution two: Reset the printer Resetting the printer might clear the issues and allow the printer to function correctly again.
  1. Press the Power button ( ) to turn off the printer.
    NOTE: Pressing the Power button might not turn off the printer. This might happen if the printer is in an error state. Continue with these steps regardless.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer. Figure 2: Disconnect the power cord from the rear of tcolor ink problem - c01869581.gif> c01869581.gif Image: Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
  3. Disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the printer. Figure 3: Disconnect the USB cablcolor ink problem - c01850063.gifar of the printer c01850063.gif Image: Disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the printer.
  4. Wait 30 seconds.
  5. Reconnect the USB cable to the printer. c01868577.gif Image: Reconnect the USB cable to the printer.
  6. Reconnect the power corcolor ink problem - c01869582.gifter. Figure 5: Reconnect the power cord to the printer c01869582.gif
  7. Press the Power button (c01602202.gif ) to turn on the printer.
  8. Try printing again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue , you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists , continue to the next solution.
Solution three: Restart the computer Restarting your computer might resolve the issue.
  1. Save the latest changes to your files, and then close all your open programs.
  2. Click Start , and then click Shut Down . A dialog box opens.
  3. Select Restart . Most computers turn off, and then turn on again automatically.
    NOTE: If a dialog box opens with a message that it is now ok to turn off the computer, press the power button on the computer to turn it off. Then press the power button again to turn it on. After a few minutes, the computer is ready to print again.
  4. Reopen the file that you want to print, and then try printing again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue , you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists , continue to the next solution.
Solution four: Check for blank pages in the print preview If the printer prints all pages correctly, but it adds blank pages to the printout, check for blank pages in the print preview.
  1. In most programs, click File , and then click Print Preview . If the program you are using does not have this option, consult the program manufacturer.
  2. Review the print preview for blank pages.
  • If the print preview reveals blank pages, delete the blank pages in the document, and then try printing again.
  • If the preview contains no blank pages, continue with the next solution.
Solution five: Check the USB cable If the printer connects with a USB cable, a faulty connection might cause the issue. Follow these instructions to check the USB cable.
  1. Make sure that the USB cable inserts all the way into its port on the rear of the printcolor ink problem - c01868577.gifpressure to push it in all the way. Figure 6: Insert a USB cable into the rear of the printer c01868577.gif Image: Insert a USB cable into the rear of the printer.
  2. Make sure that the USB cable inserts all the way into its port on the computer. Use some pressure to push it in all the way.
  3. If the issue persists, try replacing the USB cable with a known good cable.
  • If these steps resolved the issue , you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists , continue to the next solution.
Solution six: Check the printer settings on the computer Issues with the printer settings on the computer might cause the printer to print blank pages. Follow these steps to check the printer settings on the computer. Step one: Check the default paper settings Make sure that the default paper size matches the width and length of the paper loaded in the tray. If the paper loaded in the tray is different from the paper size setting, the printer might print blank pages. For instance, the issue might occur if legal size paper (215 x 355 mm (8.5 x 14 in)) is in the tray, and the paper size setting iscolor ink problem - c01827528.gifx 279 mm (8.5 x 11 in)). Follow these steps to check the default paper settings.
  1. Click Start (c01827528.gif ).
  2. Click Printers and Faxes . The Printers and Faxes folder opens.
  3. Right-click the icon for your printer (c01532298.gif ), and then click Printing Preferences . The Printing Preferences window opens.
  4. Click the Paper/Quality tab, and then compare the settings in the Paper Size drop-down menu with the paper in the tray. If the size of the paper in the tray is not the same as the setting in the Paper Size drop-down menu, change the setting:
    1. Click the Paper Size drop-down list, and then select the size of the paper that is in the tray.
    2. Click Apply to save the settings, and then click OK to close the Printing Preferences window.
Step two: Print a test page Follow these color ink problem - c01827528.giforder presented to print a test page. A test page might help determine if the printer installation caused the problem.
  1. Click Start ( ).
  2. Click Printers and Faxes . The Printers and Faxes folder opens.
  3. Right-click the printer icon (c01532298.gif ), and then click Properties . The Prcolor ink problem - c01532301.gifow opens.
  4. In the General tab, click Print Test Page . The printer prints the Windows XP Printer Test Page. Figure 7: Example of Windows XP Printer Test Page c01532301.gif Image: Example of Windows XP Printer Test Page.
  • If the Windows XP Printer Test Page prints successfully, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the page is blank, continue to the next solution.
Solution seven: Print from an alternate program Follow these steps to try printing from an alternate program, such as Microsoft Notepad or WordPad, to determine if the current program is causing the issue.
  1. Browse to the location of your saved document, right-click the file, and then click Open With . A window opens with a list of programs.
  2. Select a program other than the program you are currently using to print the document.
  3. Open the file in the program, and then check the contents.
    NOTE: Most files open in plain text applications, such as Notepad or WordPad, even if the contents include unusual symbols or text that does not make sense.
  4. Try to print the file:
    1. Click File , and then click Print . The Print window opens.
    2. Select your HP printer from the Select Printer drop-down menu, and then click OK .
    If successful, the printer prints exactly what displays in the program window.
    • If the document prints successfully in the alternate program, you do not need to continue troubleshooting. The issue is likely specific to the program you are trying to print from. Consult the program manufacturer for assistance.
    • If the document still prints blank pages in the alternate program, continue to the next solution.
    • here are a couple things you can try hope this helps you

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