Question about HP PhotoSmart Office Equipment & Supplies
Just installed new color cartridges but color articles are not coming out natural....black background with a face comes out purple background and hair is red and face is bronze..took cartridges out and re-inserted them ..did not change print.
Use the HP print utility and run through the tests. One bad cartridge will muck up the color completely.
There should be a clean print head option. Run it if the initial color test shows a clog.
Posted on Mar 20, 2014
Also remember that "if you are using a cartridge that has been refilled the ink in the cartridge may not be exact as the Original Equipment purchased . the printer is trying to mix what is in the cartridge colors to make it as close as possible. I would try a new set of ink from HP,
Posted on Jun 03, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: HP c3180 color printing problems
I would definitely start by printing a self-test page. With your model press and hold the Cancel button and then press the Start Color Copy button and then release both buttons. When this page comes out you should be able to identify the 4 different color sections...black, cyan, magenta and yellow. If any of these seperate areas are choppy or non-existant, you need to replace your cartridge. Here is a link that will show you examples of what you should/shouldn't see on the self-test report.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
Yes, this printer has fixed printheads and must have ink in each color to prevent damage to the printheads. Even when printing black only each color is spit in the servicing area to keep the printhead unclogged.
Bob Headrick, Microsoft MVP Printing/Imaging
Posted on Jul 18, 2008
Try this...shut down the printer. Insert new cartridge, let the printer cycle out with new cartridge. then reboot the computer. This should solve the problem. The cache in the printer will not cycle out. It wants to see the printer as a new entity
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
Unlike most printers where the print cartridge and printheads are attached and sold together, the ESP 3 has a separate printhead from the cartridges.
Remoe both cartridges. Then look at the place where the cartridges sit. There is a latch you push down in the back. This will release the printhead to allow it to be removed.
Remove the print head
Take a cotton swap and a little alcohol and clean the printhead of all ink. Repeat this until it is totally clean.
Make sure the printhead is dry and clean of all ink and alcohol.
Replace the printhead.
Place cartridges in and test.
If this does not work, then you need a new printhead for this printer.
here is an example of how to remove and replace printheads for thsi unit.
to gt a new printhead you must contact kodak
probably as expensive or almost as expensive as a new printer.
The seperate printhead from the carts are why kodak can have their ink so cheap. Those other brands cost that extra 15-20$ for the attached new head with each cart.
Posted on Jun 12, 2010
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