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HP Color Laserjet 2600n Color Alignment

There is a color shift or "ghost image" on certain colors (it looks like the colours are out of alignment). When printing a color test page the magenta band is shifted to the right. The orange band has a 2mm yellow stripe on the left and a 1mm magenta stripe on the right. The DC Controller firmware is updated: cpr in the beginning and EV = 2F. I had calibrated numerous times and reset back to defaults. Will a firmware update fix this problem? My firmware version is 20050610 but I cannot find where to download the firmware update anywhere on the hp website. I am using genuine HP toner cartridges.

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  • Treens Nov 19, 2007

    I have just changed the ink cartridge and it tells me that the colours are out of alignment, which they are. I've taken the cartridge out and popped it back in and done the alignment test three times and still no success, can you pls help me?

  • Joe Racek
    Joe Racek Dec 11, 2007

    my cyan alignment is off on my HP 2605dn and it won't align even with a new cartridge or going through the alignment cycle 3 times.

  • cacad Dec 17, 2007

    My color registration is off also, I calibrated the printer three times and the registration actually seems to have gotten worse. It apprears more misaligned on the left side of the page. Any solutions?

  • mapinho Dec 26, 2007

    To me the black is not aligned. I try the firmware update, but the problem remains

  • Anonymous Feb 12, 2008

    The colour printed on the paper isn't what is suppose to be even after doing all the cleaning in the maintenance for the printer

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2008

    the black is perfect but all the clours on the hp colour laserjet 2600 are off alignment to the right. It has created a shadow effoct and is not sharp. How do you fix it

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2008

    Same problem on HP2605dn - calibrating didn't fix it.

  • MIRV Mar 18, 2008

    Print quality troubleshooting page has all colors slightly to the left outside the black box. The black print cartridge band is also outside the left edge of its box. I've changed cartridges, ran calibrate, reset to the default, but nothing fixes the problem.

  • CesarCris Mar 22, 2008
  • sydsowy Mar 28, 2008

    still not working even with firmware upgrade!

  • mdr_hashim Aug 12, 2008

    all 4 color out of alignment. please help me

  • joachim556 Oct 18, 2008

    Misalignment of the different colors and the black. Suddenly appeared - no clue what is the origin of it.


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  • Jerome2 Oct 30, 2008

    Any colours using majenta have the majenta component shifted about 2 mm down the page. (HP2600n) I have had the problem before and it resolved, but this time reinstalling driver, cleaning, calibrating etc do not correct the problem. Magenta is 60% full. Help[ would be appreciated.

  • paarse_olifa Dec 03, 2008

    Colors not aligned anymore after toner replacement

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    I have the shadowing issue also, although it is from mostly cyan and black. I am diung the firmware update. Think it might be the transfer belt????????

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2009

    HP Color Laser Jet 2605dn with same problem. Black is good, but CYandM all appear shifted between 1 and 2 mm to the right. Yes, I know, don't by remanufactured toners (and believe me I won't again). Printer is about 2 years old with less than 5K prints. Have found some sites which contend it could be the transfer belt. I'm a copier tech, so if you have a solution feel free to get technical with it. Thanks.

  • Long Day Jan 28, 2009

    Ghosts in my printer. I think they are evil. I may need an exorcist.

    HP 2600n

  • Long Day Jan 28, 2009

    Shadows,Ghosts, not working as well as before I cleaned the dust and loose toner out of it.What did I do? HP 2600n

  • PoloHell Mar 06, 2009

    It was working fine befor but now my printer hp 2600n is out of alignement
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  • wingmate Mar 16, 2009

    I have an HP 2605dn which started having color registration problems when the OEM color cartridges started getting low on ink (90% of the ink was used up during automatic cleanings). I replaced the three color cartridges with refilled cartridges (to save a couple of bucks since the cost of the cartridges exceeded the cost of the printer) and the problem persists. I've tried doing repeated cleanings and a reset all to no avail. The color pictures are absolutely worthless the color misalignment is so bad. Is there any hope for my printer?

  • Trig0r Mar 20, 2009

    Got the same thing here, I've changed cartridges (HP originals), fuser unit and told the printer to do its calibration page about 20 times, have also reset the printer to defaults about 5/6 times as well its a touch better than it was but certainly not right, printers done 94k pages, certainly a lot less than I would expect from an HP printer even if its a cheap colour laser..

  • rbrugos Apr 09, 2009

    Same problem with magenta allignment.

  • Long Day May 11, 2010

    It was working OK but not as clear as I thought it should be, so I blew some loose toner out of it with a can of air,not a big blast and now I am almost seeing double.Any ideas?

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I own a HP 2600n and I had the same problem the way I fixed it was hold both arrow buttons in the turned off the power for 10 seconds while holding the buttons in then turned it back on then released after 3seconds the reset my defaults this cured my problems

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    Elaine Babor Dec 10, 2012

    I tried it and it works perfectly now. Thank you. HP wanted $39 for a tech to tell me that. So it's all about the money HP??

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    kreidera Dec 16, 2012

    Also worked for me. Calibrating would not align colors. Colored text looked like it had shadows. Held in arrow buttons as described above and now colors are aligned!

  • Anthony Brown Sep 06, 2013

    I just tried it and it really works. Thanks you guys for that tip. Thanks a whole lot.

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GeorgeMM, read solution 3's first link, just done this on about the 5th of these printers, followed by a factory reset (turn printer on while holding the 2 arrow buttons down) followed by a calibration & the printer is back to working every time...

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  • Canterbury21 Apr 11, 2013

    THANKYOU - fixed my printer completely, many thanks.

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Color misalignment on my 2605dn.
Flashed firmware (twice), latest drivers etc.
Replaced remanufactured cartriges with HP OEM units
after alignment problems and one leaking magenta cart.
Black cartridge is printing 1/8" LEFT of other colors.
Still misaligned with different black OEM cart cartriges.
Cleaned belt, blew out any loose toner (almost none)
Any assistance is MUCH appreciated.

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Solution 3 fixed our problem. Colours were out of alignment with black.

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This post worked for me and fixed my problem,thank you GeorgeMM, read solution 3's first link, just done this on about the 5th of these printers, followed by a factory reset (turn printer on while holding the 2 arrow buttons down) followed by a calibration

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The problem is well documented and cannot be fixed by a firmware update or changing the toner. See the following link:

http://www.reeves-hall.net/tech-gadgets/fixing-washed-out-colour-on-hp-color-laserjet-2605/

If you have ongoing calibration problems see this:
http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/printer/60699

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Yes a firmware update may help. Let me know if you can't find it maybe I have the link I can forward it to you. New toners in there?

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Change the toner! If you guys are using substitute toners then that might be the problem. That's how we cured ours, bought the GENUINE stuff and recalibrated it. That's all it took for our problem.

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