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HP DeskJet 5550--not printing

I replaced my black ink cartridge; printed out a couple of documents and now a few days later nothing will print. There are no error messages or anything unusual. The printer acts like it's printing, but the pages come out blank. I do have 2 pre-school aged kids which occasionally get into things....could they have done something to cause this or is the printer just dead? It's 4 years old.

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Re: HP DeskJet 5550--not printing

Hurray! Alleluya! I read the book! HP5550 supports USB connection, went and bought a USB 2.0 cable for $15.27+tax at local Wal-Mart, reinstalled printer software as directed, and voila! It prints fine again. I had forgotten that only reason I was using serial port was because I bought this printer when I still had my trsty IBM Aptiva, which of course did not speak USB.

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Re: HP DeskJet 5550--not printing

Try to re-insert the cartridge on the carriage cause maybe it doesnt mesh proper with the printhead anymore.

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I have hp deskjet 5550 printer,when i was trying to print a document there is no print out, two lights are blinking

Hi, This could be Low-Ink or paper Jam. Try turning off The printer, Unplug from The Mains Electric, for 3-5 Minutes. Turn back On, if Lights Are Still There. Check The Ink-Levels. And Replace Cartridges, if necessary.

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My deskjet 5550 printer stopped printing in color it only print black ink i have replaced the color cartridge still only prints in blank only; i have tried calibrate printer and clean cartridge options;...

If the Cartridge and printer alignment is successfull and you are still not able to print in color, mostly the Color print is disabled in your pc

Click on START Button
Open Printers and Faxes folder
Highlight the Printer icon for Deskjet
Right click on the printer icon and choose Printing Preferences
Under Printing preferences, you will find Printing mode - It must be on BLACK or GREY SCALE, Change to COLOR/ ALL
try printing.

Jul 03, 2010 | HP DeskJet 5550 InkJet Printer

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The colour ink is not printing properly on my hp deskjet 5550 printer and I can't find how to do a clean

Hi there,
  1. Click Start , click All Programs , click Hewlett-Packard , and then click Printer Assistant .
  2. Click Utilities .
  3. Click View ink levels .
    • If a cartridge is low on ink, discontinue these steps, replace the cartridge, and then try printing again.
    • If the cartridges contain a sufficient amount of ink, continue to the next step.
  4. Click Printer Maintenance .
  5. Click Clean Cartridges .
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.
PLease note the if you do not take prints regularly there are chances that the ink has dried up in that case refill or replace the cartridge.

Hope this helps. Please rate my response.
HAve a good day.

Nov 26, 2009 | HP DeskJet 5550 InkJet Printer

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Printer has been idle for several weeks.When I came to use it the printing is broken and faded looking.How do I clean the cartridges?

HP Deskjet 5550 Printer.

The deskjet printers should not be kept idle.

At least once in two or three days, you can take one page print out.

This has to be done, otherwise, the inks both Black and colour will get frozened and sometimes it will become dry at the catridge mouth.

Black Ink is 56 and Colour is 57.

Solution :

01. Manually remove both catridges from the printer carefully.

02. Shake the catridges with full force pointing towards ground. You can find out now, that ink is coming out from the catridges which was frozen or dried up.

03. Clean the cartridge drive with a nice cloth and cleaning liquid.

04. Re install both catridges and take a test print out.

05. Recommended to have a service contract with local HP Authroized printer vendor to have a regular maintenance at least once in a month.

Jul 21, 2009 | HP DeskJet 5550 InkJet Printer

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Won't print

The print cartridges might need cleaning.

Here is a link to a page that explains how to clean the cartridges:

Apr 10, 2009 | HP DeskJet 5550 InkJet Printer

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HP Deskjet 5550 will not print black&white after cartridge change

Here is a link to a page that explains how to clean the cartridges:

Mar 17, 2009 | HP DeskJet 5550 InkJet Printer

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Both ink cartridges?

Both have to be in the printer,even if one is empty.

Read this HP document on the blinking lights code:

copy and paste the complete link into your browser.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

Aug 03, 2008 | HP DeskJet 5550 InkJet Printer

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1st page prints perfect but the 2nd page comes out with very light and skipped printing.

Oct 22, 2007 | HP DeskJet 5550 InkJet Printer

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