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Automatic Allignment Problem

After installing a new black ink cartage and running automatic alignment, I got "The printer could not be automatically aligned" error message. After several times of re-seating the cartage, rerunning the alignment and head cleaning routines, the problem still persists. If I print a letter, the black is almost not present at all on the first line and as lines progress down the page, black starts becoming visible on the right and by 1/3 the way down the page it is visible across the entire line. This is the case with every single page letter I print. But if I print a multi page letter, the second page only has a very slight problem in the upper left corner and the remaining pages are OK.

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Re: Automatic Allignment Problem

Your balck ink printhead is clogged with buit up ink. Manually clean it with cotton buds and proper cleaning solution, right doen where cartridge sits and the contact area the ink part of cartrigde contacts. Try printing now. Did you reset ink levels too?

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I have a hp photosmart 3210 all-in-one and it keeps printing the same thing over and over as soon as you turn it on

It can happen due to different causes:
If the cartridges are new, the automatic alignment process is not complete, for that:
1.Turn off the printer and turn it on again
2.Let the printer print the allignment page
3.After printing the alignment page, disconnect the USB cable which is connected behind the printer
4.Place the allignment sheet inside the scanner glass and press the scan button on the printer
The alignment is complete when the printed page is scanned
Turn off the printer and turn it on again, it should be fixed

The other possible causes might be:
The cartridges are not correctly installed or one of the cartridges is defective.
In that case reinstall the cartridges after cleaning them with lint free soft cloth.

If that does not work, then at least one of the cartridges need to be replaced

Apr 24, 2011 | HP Photosmart 3210 Printer

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Black is not printing

Try this to unclog printhead.
take out cartridge, locate the hole where ink goes trough, put a can of compressed air and blow it.
put some paper under the printhead to catch ink.


Jan 14, 2008 | HP Business Inkjet 1200dtn Printer

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For C3180, after install a new black ink cartage. Every time I turn it on, it will print the ''align the new cartridge''.

This type of proble occure due to faulty EEPROM of the printer it seems that EEPROM is not saving the configuration. please run EEPROM resetter to reset your EEPROM.

Oct 13, 2009 | Printers & Copiers

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Turn off alignment feature

After you install new ink cartridges or attach the printer to a different computer it will go through this exercise. Make sure you also do the next step... a scan of what you printed-out; or you'll get that message every time.

Jul 25, 2009 | HP PSC 1510 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Printer displays "align cartridges" but every time I try to align the cartridges, it starts printing and then says printing cancelled and it stops aligning/printing. how do I fix this?

There are several reasons why the HP All-in-One may fail to align the cartridges. The most common reason is an ink cartridge that has one of the following problems:
One of the ink cartridges is low or out of ink. Black and all three colors must be available.
The paper has already been printed on or is colored paper.
Protective tape on a new ink cartridge has not been removed.
Contacts on the ink cartridge are not meeting the contacts in the carriage correctly.
Cartridge is remanufactured or refilled. Refilled or remanufactured ink cartridges may have been damaged during the refilling process or have clogged ink nozzles.
The ink cartridge is defective.
Follow the steps below to resolve the problem:
Step one: Examine the paper the alignment page was printed on
The alignment page must be printed on clean plain paper of either letter or A4-size and that has a brightness level (as printed on the paper package) of at least 85. Colored papers or paper that already has printing on it will cause the alignment to fail.
Step two: Does the alignment page print correctly
On the HP PSC 900 series, if the page ejects immediately or a "Paper mismatch" or "Paper too narrow" message appears, the 4 x 6 paper tray selector located on the paper output tray is pushed forward. Move the selector all the way back toward the front on the HP All-in-One.
Look at the alignment pages that have printed. Compare the alignment page to those included in the " images of alignment pages " section at the bottom of this document.
If any of the colors or the black is missing, faded, or streaked on the alignment page, there is a ink cartridge problem. Click here (buu02176) (in English) to learn how to correct ink cartridge related problems.
Step three: Perform a ink cartridge cleaning procedure
The ink cartridge cleaning process can be performed even with the alignment message showing in the display. Follow the steps below to perform an ink cartridge cleaning process from the front panel:
On the front panel, press Menu or Setup (depending on the model).
Press the Right Arrow (>) until Maintenance or Tools appears, and then press the Enter or OK .
Clean ink Cartridges should appear in the display. Press Enter or OK to begin the cartridge cleaning process.
A page will be printed during the cleaning process with all of the colors on it. If any of the colors or the black are missing, faded, or streaked on the alignment page, there is a ink cartridge problem.
Step four: Try to align the page again
HP products have two methods for aligning the ink cartridges, fully-automatic and semi-automatic. The steps are different for each type. Refer to the information below to determine which alignment method your product uses.
Automatic - these products use a sensor to check the alignment page as it is printed. You are not required to take any action to complete the alignment process. Click here if your model does not print an instruction page.
Semi-automatic - these products print the alignment page and instructions for scanning the alignment page using the scanner assembly. Click here if your model prints an instruction page .
Automatic cartridge alignment
Perform the following steps to align the ink cartridges:
Disconnect the power cord from the unit, wait five seconds, and then plug it back in. This will reinitialize the unit.
Print another alignment test page. If the Press Enter to align message is not currently on the front panel display, complete the following steps to print an alignment page:
Press Setup or Menu on the front panel (depending on the model).
Press the Right Arrow (>) until Maintenance or Tools appears in the display, and then press Enter or OK (depending on the model).
Press the Right Arrow (>) until Align ink Cartridges appears in the display, and then press Enter or OK (depending on the model).
To determine if the automatic alignment is functioning correctly, look into the output tray as the alignment page is printing; a blue light should be visible periodically on the page as the cartridges move back and forth. If this light is not present, the unit will not be able to align the cartridges and will require service.
If the blue light is visible and the alignment pages are printing correctly, but the alignment pages still fails, there still may be a hardware problem with the unit.
If there are no other printing problems and you wish to continue, use the information in the " Bypassing the ink cartridge alignment " section below to bypass the alignment. The information from last successful alignment will be used.
If the message keeps reappearing or other print quality problems occur, service the product.
Models with a semi-automatic ink cartridge alignment
Some HP products have a semi-automatic alignment process. These models do not have an additional sensor and will print two pages for the alignment process instead of one. The alignment page must be placed on the scanner glass or into the automatic document feeder (HP Officejet V series) and scanned.
Disconnect the power cord, wait five seconds, and then plug it back in. This will reinitialize the unit and force the scanner to calibrate again.

Jul 08, 2009 | HP PSC 2210 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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My Canon i860 just can't print out black words, it's frustrating

pull the ink cartage back out to see if a clear film is not on the cartage??? Check the area by cleaning the ink cartage with rubbing alchole, and also the area that the ink cartage goes into. Use a cotton ball the clean these area with.

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I changed the black ink cartridge as per instructions and the printer printed an alignment paper which i then placed in the printer for alignment but the alignment failed

the page should be absolutely new.and the scanner glass should be absolutely cleaned.and 1 main thing u replaced your black cartridge.but if your colour cartridge is empty it will not accept the allignment complete will show allignment failed as the particular colour is missing in your allignment sheet which is required to get the allignment complete.

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Align Print Cartridge Failure


You may be need to buy a new color cart., becuase the allignment page depend on the Yellow color when it become to scan..

or you can pring any allignment page from a friend and put it in the scanner instead that one you printed out....

Hope it's work

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