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HP Photosmart C3180 color printing problems

Hello - I've tried to print color photos & the color keeps coming out in mostly pinks and kind of smeared. Is this an ink issue or the printer itself?

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Re: HP Photosmart C3180 color printing problems

This can sometimes be a printer problem or bad quality ink. However I have known this to happen with corrupt printer drivers. Try uninstalling the printer via ControlPanel>AddRemove Programs and then re-installing it.

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The colors on my C3180 inkjet were fine and now are not, including lines across the page. I've just 2 new cartridges and 2 different kinds of photo paper. What do I do?

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If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages,then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive.
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If what you're saying is still the result after cleaning everything up, there must already be something wrong with the printhead because the printheads are the one's that are responsible for the mixture of the ink cartridges.
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Changing ink cartridge on the HP Photosmart C3180 all in one

The Basics manual from HP:

Check out page 17 of the Basics manual for detailed instruction on replacing the cartridges.

Make sure the HP All-in-One is on.
Caution If the HP All-in-One is off when you open the print cartridge door
to access the print cartridges, the HP All-in-One will not release the
cartridges for changing. You might damage the HP All-in-One if the print
cartridges are not docked safely when you try to remove them.
2. Make sure you have letter or A4 unused plain white paper loaded in the input tray.
3. Open the print cartridge door.
The print carriage moves to the far right side of the HP All-in-One.
4. Wait until the print carriage is idle and silent, and then lightly press down on a
print cartridge to release it.
If you are replacing the tri-color print cartridge, remove the print cartridge from the
slot on the left.
If you are replacing the black or photo print cartridge, remove the print cartridge
from the slot on the right.

1 Print cartridge slot for the tri-color print cartridge
2 Print cartridge slot for the black and photo print cartridges
5. Pull the print cartridge toward you out of its slot.
6. If you are removing the black print cartridge in order to install the photo print
cartridge, store the black print cartridge in the print cartridge protector or an
airtight plastic container.
If you are removing the print cartridge because it is low or out of ink, recycle the
print cartridge.
7. Remove the new print cartridge from its packaging and, being careful to touch
only the black plastic, gently remove the plastic tape by using the pink pull tab.
1 Copper-colored contacts
2 Plastic tape with pink pull tab (must be removed before installing)
3 Ink nozzles under tape
Caution Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or ink nozzles.
Touching these parts can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical
8. Slide the new print cartridge forward into the empty slot. Then gently push on the
upper part of the print cartridge forward until it clicks into the socket.
If you are installing the tri-color print cartridge, slide it into the left slot.
If you are installing a black or photo print cartridge, slide it into the right slot.
9. Close the print cartridge door.
If you installed a new print cartridge, the HP All-in-One prints a print cartridge
alignment sheet.
Note If you have colored paper loaded in the input tray when you align
the print cartridges, the alignment will fail. Load unused plain white paper
into the input tray, and then try the alignment again.
If the alignment fails again, you might have a defective sensor or print
cartridge. Contact HP Support. Go to If prompted,
choose your country/region, and then click Contact HP for information on
calling for technical support.

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Black and white printing not working

sounds like its a expired ink issue. on alot of the hp photosmart printers the ink has a expirey date on the carts the best solution would be to contact hp and chances are they will send you free carts if your ink has been expired. when a black ink is almost out most of the time it trys to draw ink from the color carts mixing to make the appropriate color.

but you can also try the following.
See the instructions for
calibrating a print cartridge in
the Care and Maintenance
section of the HP Photosmart
Printer Help.

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1. Check if the color cartridge is not empty

2. Find and click twice the printer and faxes icon in control panel and choose C3180 printer.

3. Right click and choose preferences.

4. There you can search in the preferences menu to set your printer and print in color.

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