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Black printing morphs into red after black ink cartridge installation

I just changed the black ink cartridge in my HP Photosmart 2610.  When I attempt to print a plain black/white document, the ink color first appears almost black, then morphs into a brick red (like the red and black mixed).  Alignment test came out fine after the ink cartridge installation.


I did get a decent print by choosing "print in grayscale" and "use only black cartridge," but can't get the printer to continue printing this way (default) without specifically changing this setting.  What is my printer doing to me?


A secondary question would be:  Is the printer set to always use the color cartridge for some reason, even though I'm printing black/white documents?

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Re: Black printing morphs into red after black ink...

Your printer creates it's black by using ALL the colours together. This effectively gives a very dark purple rather than black.

It sounds like you have a colour cart that is drying up or may be struggling to get enough air into the cartridge. Make sure you have removed any tape over the vent holes if you are using compatible inks. If not then try running a couple cleaning cycles via the button panel/driver.

If you alter the settings in the driver by going into START - PRINTERS AND FAXES and then right click on your 2610 and select PROPERTIES - the changes you make in here will be set as the default settings for each print job.

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