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Ink never dries

No matter what paper used (photo, bond, etc) ink will smear if touched, even days later. Ink never dries.

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That is an unusual problem. Are you using Original HP cartridges? Some of the refills can do weird things.

Hope that helps...

Geno

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

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Resolving the problem If the ink smears, increase the drying time. To increase the drying time in Windows, follow the steps below:
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  2. Depending on your driver version, click Properties , Settings , or Preferences and follow the steps below depending on the option.
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      2. From the Basics tab, click Advanced Features .
      3. In the Extra Dry Time section, move the slider toward More .
  3. Try a sample print and see if the drying time needs to be increased more.
To increase the drying time for a Macintosh computer, follow the steps below:
  1. From the File/Print Menu , select Ink under the General tab.
  2. In the Dry Time section, move the slider toward More .
  3. Try a sample print and see if the drying time needs to be increased more.
Other steps that will reduce ink smearing If the ink still smears when printing, try some of the following suggestions:
  • Decrease the amount of time it takes for the ink to dry by decreasing the print quality to Normal or Fast mode.
  • Try printing on a different type of paper or on paper from another manufacturer. Paper formulas are different between manufacturers and may have a coating that causes the ink to be absorbed at different rates.
  • When printing large graphics or photos on plain paper in Best or Normal modes, improve the results by using heavier paper. Paper that is rated at 90 g/m2 (24 lb.) or higher will not curl or smear as easily as paper of a lighter weight.

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