Question about HP PhotoSmart C4480 All-in-One Printer InkJet

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My printer is printing grey instead of black on my Mac. It was fine, but now I can't figure out what's wrong. Ink levels are good. I did accidentally get water in the AC adapter. Could that be it? After this happened, I printed somethind in Adobe's InDesign and it was black until I scaled the page to fit the page for printing. That's when all blacks went to light grey in every program. Could only get it to print black again in Indesign when I clicked the "print black text"box. Only worked once. Did I fry my printer with water or change some setting when I printed the spread in Indesign?? Help

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No, the water has nothing to do with it. Somewhere in a print dialog or perhaps in the printer driver, something changed to grey.

Try printing an ordinary black text document. Before you click "Print", look for "properties" or "Printer setup". Somewhere in there something got changed. Perhaps you can find a "default" button in a dialog box to restore the printer to factory settings.

MIGHT help (probably not) to shut down the Mac, power down the printer, and then start both up. Just an idea.

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This is a solution which has been suggested on another site, this has not been tested by myself so no promises.

1. Turn the printer off.
2. Remove all memory DIMMs or third-party DIMMs from the printer. (Do not remove the firmware DIMM in slot J1.)
3. Remove all EIO devices from the printer.
4. Turn the printer on.
5. If the error no longer exists, install each DIMM and EIO device one at a time, making sure to turn the printer off and back on as you install each device.
6. Replace a DIMM or EIO device if you determine that it causes the error.
7. Remember to reconnect all cables that connect the printer to the network or computer.
8. If the error persists, replace the firmware DIMM.

Hope it helps, as I said, not tested personally.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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Plunger needs to be cleaned, print head also would need to be looked at on this one.

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When you go to print check to see in your print preferences settings to see if color or black and white is checked. Could also be the specific program's print options you are using to print the pages.

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