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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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  • bhawkins Nov 22, 2007

    I'm having the same problem with my HP DeskJet 5550. The strange thing is, this problem also happened with my last printer, which was about 10 years old. I thought it was the printer, so I replaced it with this 5550, only to have the same problem with blank pages. Can anyone help?

  • TReasurer Dec 03, 2007

    I have tried resetting it, turning the printer off and turning it back on, unplugging it and plugging it back in, etc. The low ink light is on and it won't do anything.

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2007

    my printer was working fine. I changed the black printer cartridge and now it won't print. It acts as if it is going to print but it spits out blank pages. It will print out a test page though. something is weird here.

  • ditndetes Dec 12, 2007

    Did you ever get it to work? I'm having the same problem.

  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2007

    I replaced the black ink cartridge. It printed a few documents just fine, Then it printed a few pages with very incomplete print. At one time it printed one partial line, a title, and then it advanced about one third of the paper, stopped, rolled the paper back a little and stopped altogether. I have tried turning off the computer and unplugging the printer, letting it rest a few minutes, then turning on the computer and plugging the printer back in.

  • kmalavey Jan 11, 2008

    I, too, replaced the black ink cartridge. Printer will print out test page fine. When I try to print anything else it prints bars or "mush" where the words should be.

    I've reloaded the cartridges and software, unplugged everything, checked the driver, etc. and nothing seems to help.


  • JavierP Mar 23, 2008

    I also have the same problem reported here: I changed black cartridge and now get partial prints, sometimes though it will print. I brought a new genuine HP ink cartridge, reloaded drivers, reset cable,even cleaned cartridge case with alcohol-moistened q-tip. Nada. Yet it will sometimes print a full page of text with no problem.

    HP web page is of no good use, its there to sell, is all.

  • regirl Mar 24, 2008

    One line will print the next line will be smeared or won't print anything. Pictures print fine, text is strange. Replaced black ink still no change.

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2008

    I'm a novice to this printer and can't figure out where or how to feed paper in to have it copied. I press start and it goes the motions of printing, doesn't grab the paper to be copied, and just prints out a sheet with HP on it.

    where do I feed in the original to printed in color?



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

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