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HP Deskjet 1280 printing problem

Hello and help please: my computer tells me I have 15% colour (78) and 60% black (45) left in cartridges but when I print colour is predominantly red. Have printed test page and NO BLUE is printed. What is happening and is there any way this can be resolved ? Cartridges are HP own brand and not refilled. Thanks.

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Re: HP Deskjet 1280 printing problem

Try cleaning your printer cartridges, go to printer preferences,then go to the service tab, try cleaning from there.
hope it helps

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