Question about HP Photosmart 7520
Will not print in black and when I do "align printer" it only prints in cyan and says "it failed" - won't do print quality report or clean cartridges.
This could be solved, but you can get dirty. so if you want to tackle the problem yourself, use a place covered with papers and use plastic gloves. Don't wear your good pants. you need special cleaning fluid, like you can buy in a ink refill store. A serinse will be handy too.
If the normal cleaning cycle after a few runs does not solve the problem and you are sure all cartridges are full, then comes the dirty part. Remove the cartridges, and while closing the ink outlet, shake it to hear if there is still ink, like the chip indicates. If there is ink, put it aside, till you have out all cartridges. Then down in the cartridge holder, you see 5 holes, where normaly the ink goes in, clean these holes, using tissue or kitchen paper. If everything is clean, put in a few drops of the cleaning fluidwith your gloves on, try to apply a little presure on the fluid. Don't press till the cartridge holder braks, just a little presure. fill the 5 holes with the fluid. (The one or two colours that print correct, you can skip.)
If there was enough room, to work along side this or these cartridges, you could leave them in place.
Then put back all cartridges and start a set of cleaning cycles, or just start printing a colour picture, telling the printer you are using high quality photo paper, but jus use plain paper, because first all the cleaning fluid needs to pass the heads.
When you think collours are comin back, check the head alignement to see if all nozzles are clean.
Even if you don't need to print, switch on the printer at least once a week, to keep the nozzles open.
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Do the following to
clean the print head:
INK key on the control panel.
the DOWN arrow key until CLEANING appears on the LCD.
the DOWN arrow key to select BLACK, COLOR or ALL depending on what you
want to clean.
The machine will
clean the print head. When cleaning is finished, the machine will go back
to Ready automatically. If you are experiencing a print quality issue, we
recommend you repeat the print head cleaning for each color showing an issue
at least five (4) times.
If you are
experiencing a print quality issue and want to see if the cleanings are
improving the print quality, print a Print Quality Check Sheet (PQCS) after the
first cleaning and then print another PQCS after repeating the print head
cleaning steps at least three (3) more times (4 total cleanings).
You can then compare the two Print Quality Check Sheets.
Do the following to
print a Print Quality Check Sheet:
Press INK key on the control panel.
TEST PRINT will appear on the LCD.
Press OK. PRINT QUALITY will appear on
Press COLOR START.
machine will generate the Print Quality Check Sheet (PQCS). On the PQCS each of
the four colors is represented by a slanted square pattern made up of 96
individual blocks. The colors should appear (from left to right): Black -
Yellow - Cyan - Magenta. Cyan is the light blue color and
Magenta is the pinkish color.
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