Do not use my printer for photos. need to print in black ink and use color only when page on computer has color. this printer was given to me. i have no manual. what ink cartridges do i buy for printer
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Have you gone to "printers" and hit preferences and made sure your choices are correct? Yours may be stuck on "print in grayscale" using only the black cartridge. There are several pages to work with, and each needs to be "applied" and given a name which is easily seen in upper half of the pages. It likes it to be same name (i.e., my favorite or some such). I just had to go through this twice this week! I reinstalled the printer as it was not functioning properly. I find that I can set my all in one to quick prints, drafts, and so forth as there is plenty of ink on the settings in my printer. Saves ink like crazy. For photos I'd go normal or "photo" printing. Watch the "wet" ink, however, and put clean page between each page printed. Only takes a moment to dry. This is a great printer!
HP 74 - Black ink HP 75 - Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow ink HP 99 - Photo Black, Light Cyan, and Light Magenta
You need Photo Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, and Light Magenta to print photos. To accomplish this you install the HP 99 photo cartridge where your HP 74 black cartridge usually goes and you keep the HP 75 color cartridge where it's at. I don't know why your printer told you to remove both cartridges, then reinstall the HP 75 color cartridge.
That's usually a sign of a cartridge that is running low on ink. Especially if it happens in the middle of the picture. Also, make sure that you have HP Premium Photo paper when printing photos. Also make sure that you click the properties button on the print dialog screen and choose the correct paper type. It will make a much better picture. You cn find more information on the types of paper on page 7 of the manual.
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I just got off the HP help line. After changing my black ink cartridge a test page was printing each time I turned the machine on. This is very costly, in both time and ink as the cartridges themselves for this machine hold very little ink. I tried to learn from HP tech how to turn off the test-print while keeping my color cartridge empty. It turns out that you cant do it. HP requires you to keep buying and using cartridges whether you need them or not.If you buy the color ink it will use it up in its testings. And if you dont buy the color cartridge it will use up your black ink by printing the test each time you turn on the printer. The printer was inexpensive sure, but I'm paying for it in wasted ink.