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HP Photosmart C4480 won't print

I have a HP Photosmart C4480 printer. I used it a few months ago on my Macbook and it printed some photos fine. It has been in my closet for awhile. I took it out today and tried to print some basic black text, but the page comes out practically blank. (There is just a faint gray line where an


was).

The black and color ink cartridges have plenty in them and have hardly been used. The copy feature does not work on the printer either, same result.

I have tried the function that cleans the nozzles and it prints out some purple text, but that does not seem right. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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  • jackrugile Jun 25, 2009

    TEKUSER,

    Thanks for your timely reply. We tried doing the water thing and it came out a little, but it just was not working out. We went and bought a new black cartridge and all is well. Thanks!

    - Jack


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I had almost the same exact problem. Left the printer unused for a month or so, came back, no black ink being printed, even though the level was still sufficient.
What I did, was boiled a small pot of water, and held the black ink cartridge over the steam, about 3-4 inches above the boiling water, for 2 increments of about a minute. Try not to burn your hand or cook the cartridge lol. I wiped the cartridge head with a piece of paper periodically until I noticed a good bit of dark ink on the paper, then gently wiped the condensation off of the cartridge with a paper towel so as not to put a wet cartridge back in my printer. Put it back in the printer and voila!
Works great so far, although I can't vouch for the long term effects of this solution. I did look at the cartridge a bit later to make sure it wasn't leaking, and it wasn't. You have to steam it the right amount of time. I would guess that the printer cartridge head will inevitably dry out again with limited use. I'm hoping that it will keep working though haha. Hope this helps anyone else with this problem.

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The cartriges must not be out of the printer and since they had been unworking for sometime they probably have dry the ink in the small electrick injectors. Try to clean the head of the ink cartridges with a paper and hot
water.
If not buy a new ones.

Hope that helped

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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