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1220c Ink blockage

My HP Deskjet 1220c is no longer printing yellow, i've been printing a lot of mostly brown artwork/maps out when it started coming out purple. The test page prints off every colour fine but no yellow, i've replaced the cartridge twice now and cleaned and primed 4-5 times with each cartridge, still no yellow. Is there another way to clean the heads or some kind of solvant to use ? Or will i have to open it up ...

thanks, in advance, for any help you can give.


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  • deresh Nov 17, 2007

    i have the same problem

  • Wickyup Nov 17, 2007

    My 1220C printer would not print using the yellow. I have replaced the cartridge and the printer still does not print using the yellow after cleaning and priming.

  • davitnj Nov 21, 2007

    My HP Deskjet 1220c is no longer printing yellow or any color but black or purple.that is the only colors that come out when i print a test sheet.this is from brand new cart.i have seen lots of the same problems but no answers.

    please help,,, davitnj

  • john heath Jan 05, 2012

    on reading this further the suggestions look good, will try them.



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Have you guys checked that the yellow is actually coming out of the cartridge?

Its easy to check. Take cartridge out of printer. Clean bottom of cartridge where ink comes out (usually on flat metal with microscopic holes below the metal contacts) with kleenex. Place piece of clean kleenex under bottom of cartridge where ink comes out. Gently press on cartridge - see what colours you have on kleenex. If you don't have yellow, but do have cyan and or magenta, then cartridge is blocked (regardless of whether its new or not). Cleaning and priming will not work if jets are blocked with set ink.

This can be tackled!

Take one kettle, boil water!
Steam the metal jets in the kettle spout for a few minutes
Place cartridge back on clean kleenex - if still no yellow try again. If yellow, then move to clean piece of Kleenex and repeat until all three colours regularly appear on kleenex after around 30 secs.
Place cartridge back in printer
Repeat clean and prime cycle until good test pattern produced.

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Sometimes the nozzles get clogged. If several normal cleaning cycles do not clear all the nozzles, next try removing the cartridge and setting it, nozzle-side down, on a steaming-hot damp paper towel for a few minutes, then running a cleaning cycle. If this doesn't solve the problem, as a last-ditch effort the head can be soaked in a shallow dish of alcohol for a few minutes. This cleared up a clog for me that no other method would solve, but I have heard that if soaked too long in alcohol, the head may be damaged.

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I believe on this printer the color cartridge is a tri color meaning that Cyan Magenta and Yellow is all one cartridge you could try removing ink cartridge and cleaning the gold contacts on the ink cartridge carriage and also on the printer cartridge. The print head is on the ink cartridge itself so changing it you would have cured it anyway.

Try the above if the same problem then the likely thing is a faulty carriage or control board.

Hope I could help
Thanks J

Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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A combination of the hot steam and the rubbing alcohol dip did a great job in getting my magenta working was producing a brown that I had never was green to start with and now it's more red. Thank you!

Posted on Sep 01, 2010

  • LPOL Aug 19, 2011

    I had a clogging problem with both the B&W and COLOR cartridges. The printer had been sitting unused for about 2 years.

    Tried the HOT WATER routine on both carts. Could only get the Magenta to work on the COLOR I took the CREVICE tool on the VACUUM CLEANER and carefully sucked along the outside colors and got the BLUE and YELLOW to appear!!!!! HP Cartridges DO ****!

    Had to replace the B&W with a NEW one but I'm back up and running.

    I was about to THROW AWAY this printer.

    Thanks to the interenet...I still HAVE it.



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