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New Cartridges - not all color ink printing!

I just bought two brand new printer cartridges about two months ago for my HP C4180, but rarely used the printer. When I installed them at first, they worked perfectly fine. Now when I go to print, the color (even though the cartridge is not that old) comes out grainy and not all colors are showing up. I did a self-test and it appears it will not print the colors cyan, yellow or green -but can print shades of red just fine.

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It sounds that the ink inside the cartridge has partly dried up.

This can happen to my printer when I don't use it for a couple of months too.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Feb 04, 2010

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