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Cleaning the print head on my HP5440 printer?

My printer has not been used for several weeks and the print is very faint. I have refilled the cartridge with black ink, but this maks no change. will I have to buy a new cartridge?

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Try cleaning the head of the cartrige with alcohol and a Q-tip, if this doesn't help you may have to buy a new one. Cartriges can dry up if they haven't been used for a while. Even though you refilled it, there could be some dry ink stuck in the head. Hold the Qtip with alcohol on the head for a bit and let it dry, reinstall it and then try printing again.

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