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Excessive Yellow ink use

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I have this printer now 12 months. Recently it has started printing out really off colour pictures. Before, photo print quality is 100% BUT no longer!
Using best settings and photo papers.

Have used TWO Yellow cartridges, in past two months, and not had to change any of other colour types,
Photos have yellow "hue" and seem to be darker. So basically i suspect i excess yellow output...
Have tried different settings and reducing yellow, changing colour setting, to no help. Also reset default...
Would reloading the software be an option?
Any ideas

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  • srcamarv Dec 31, 2008

    I have a C7280 with the originally supplied cartridges installed. I have done some color printing, but mostly black and white. With the exception of yellow all colors show as essentially full on the ink level monitor. The yellow shows as all but empty and I get constant reminders that it will soon be empty. I'm speculating that basic printing (i.e. black text) uses yellow as well for reasons that don't make sense to me.

    My son has the same printer and does not have hte same problem. Turns out he had set the default printing to grayscale and USE BLACK CARTRIDGE ONLY. From Windows, this option is accessed from the HP Digital Imaging Monitor (on the taskbar) - settings - printer settings - color tab. I'm still looking for a similar option under Mac OS X.


  • RBones Jan 16, 2009

    I have used two yellow cartridges - one of them xl - in less than a month in a new L7680 priniting mostly B&W documents.

    In comparison, I am into my second B&W cartridge and the other color cartridges are about 75% full.


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Generally every color Red,Green,Blue use YELLOW!!! That's normal and yellow got the mostly, try to reinstall software but you will not achieve a lot!!! I work with toner cartridge and I tell from experience!!!

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The printer software should have an option for head cleaning & alignment. Make sure to run these maintenance options and see the results. You may need to re-run the tests.

Sometimes generic inks can cause a problem, so after cleaning, try to use an oem cartridge (same company as your printer) and observe the results.

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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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