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Missing Colors Within the past month my printer has just started printing only in yellow. All cartridges are full, have done all levels of cleaning, calibrating, and alignments available... still only yellow ink? Tried to uninstall but get message" HP System Check has determined that your system does not match the requirements specified on the box. The following items do not meet the minimum requirements:Your operating system does not match the supported operating systems or service packs." Any ideas short of a sledge hammer?

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Re: Missing Colors


your ink well is clogged, do a few deep cleanings and if that dont work remove the ink well and clean it manually by boinling it in alcohol or submerging it in alcohol

thats the service manual for your printer

nb. my method of cleaning is unconventional but it works for most people

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Doing reference on your issue. Double check the ink cartridge to make sure that the cartridge is correctly installed. Also be sure that the black ink cartridge used is compatible with the machine.

The next thing to do is a cartridge cleaning as the belief is that the print head is blocked. If you have done a thurough cleaning, the next thing to do is replace the black ink cartridge to be certain the ink cartridge is not faulty.

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Issue The printer is working, but the colors in the printed output are not the expected colors. The output may look as if only one color has printed, or as if a color has not printed, or as if the wrong colors have been printed. Solution Complete the following steps to resolve this issue. Step one: Check ink levels If the print defect is minor, it might be caused by reserve mode operation. When the printer runs out of some colors, it can continue printing using remaining inks, but print quality may be affected. If cyan, magenta, or yellow is out, the printer can print only in grayscale.
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Step two: Calibrate the color If the cartridges have not been refilled and none are empty, try calibrating the color.
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    5. Click Printer Toolbox .
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Step four: Contact HP If the error still occurs, click the link at the bottom of this page to contact HP.

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