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Color printing I keep trying to replace the color printer cartridge, but the printer still won't print documents in color.

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Re: color printing

Hi I take it that you have removed the blue tape that is over the cartridge when you install it? If you have are they original or refills if refills change for an original.

If you have done the above then remove the ink cartridge and with soft cloth wipe clean the gold contacts on the cartridge and also on the carriage.

When you have done the above try printing again if still not printing then check the following.

  • Goto Start Printers and Faxes
  • Right hand click on the printer Icon
  • Select "Printing Preferences"
  • Make sure that you are set to color
  • Close window the Right hand click on Icon again
  • Select Properties
  • Click on Print test page
  • This should not print in color if color was selected in printing preferences.
I do hope this works for you
Thanks J

Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Color printer won't print color

Normal 0 Could have a corrupt driver.
Disconnect the printer or at least be sure it is turned off. I'd do both and when the CD software program asks you to connect the printer to the USB port, do so and it should again work properly.
Hope this helps. Bud

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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SOURCE: HP Solution Center Screen said:


Have you tried to replace the current cartridge with a new one? It is not uncommon for even a new cartridge to be faulty, It happens sometimes.

Also, look in your printer manual for the procedure on how to run a nozzle/cartridge cleaning and alignment.

If that does not resolve it, take the cartridge out, grab some rubbing alcohol and some q-tips. Put some rubbing alcohol on a q-tip and GENTLY wipe the contacts on the cartridge AND on the contacts in the printer where the cartridge installs. BE CAREFUL! Make sure no cotton from the q-tip gets left behind on either.

Good luck and thanks for using the fixya forums!

Posted on Mar 27, 2009

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SOURCE: I would like to print black with one color cartridge empty

If you take the empty cartridge out and put a small piece of electrical tape over the little window on the front, the printer will think the ink is full.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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SOURCE: Print Cartridge Problem: (Tri-Color) See

Top three solutions to this query at HP support are close to your described problem: (not exact) Try the closest match to your error.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009

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SOURCE: hp printer power light keeps blinking -- wont print any document

Turn both your printer and computer off then after a few minutes turn back on. This should cancel the print job.

Posted on May 28, 2010

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SOURCE: J4580 Print Cartridge Problem:[Tri-Color]Refer to Device Documen.

hi i dont have the tricolor cartridge in my hp 5610 and i want to work only with black cartridge and my printer says there is no cartridge on the left , is it posible to solve this problem and work with one cartridge only ? i can print but copy and fax doesnt work . thanx

Posted on Dec 05, 2010

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