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HP1220c only prints red or black

The printer(HP1220c)only prints red or black. All other colours do not print at all. I have run service cleaning and changed cartridges. No improvement. What else can I do to fix?????

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  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2008

    Printer doesnt print Blue

  • andy530 Oct 13, 2008

    Replaced cartridge, cleaned carriage and contacts, ran printer through 3 levels of cleaning. Still only prints red and black. I can only think it is a cable problem.

  • Anonymous Oct 28, 2008

    HP1220c only prints red or black


  • pantadek Jan 18, 2009

    Printer prints in red hue. Printer does not print BLUE when printing test page. Changed color ink cartrige and same thing.

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    I had the same problem, only with blue and green printing out.

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Ok, I'm going with my dad who works on computers tommorow. He lives in diiferent home. I pretty good with things like this. I'm only 13 is it fine for me to do you think?

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Remove the ink cartrdges and clean the carriage (cartridge holder) with rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth. You need to clean the metal contact plates. Wipe down the contact plates on any cartridge you put be in after and be sure all parts are dry before you put them back in.

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