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My Photosmart 8050 still won't work. I got it to print a test page, align cartridges, and it worked fine. Now, when I try it online or not on line, it just won't take a command. Now, exactly which printer port I am supposed to use, and in general, exactly what to do. I have installed and reinstalled so many times, I lost count. I have it set for the printer usb, but which is the printer usb. I don't know anything about the settings. Anything else I can do, or what I what haven't done?

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First of all, you'll need to COMPLETELY uninstall the printer:
1. Unplug it from the computer.
2. Uninstall the ALL software/drivers through Add/Remove Programs (or Programs and Features - if you're using Windows Vista/7).
4. Restart the computer.
4. Go to Printers and Faxes (through the Control Panel) and make sure the printer is NOT listed. If it does - delete it.
5. This is an important step, follow carefully:

  1. Start -> Run.
  2. Type in: cmd
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Type in: set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Type in: devmgmt.msc
  7. Press Enter.
  8. Device Manager window should be opened. Click on View.
  9. Click Show hidden devices.
  10. Expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers. branch and delete ALL "grayed-out" devices under it (right click on them, then click Uninstall; click OK).
  11. Repeat step 13 for any grayed-out devices (if exist) under: a) Printer; b) DOT4 (not sure what the exact branch name - but it's something like this); c) Other devices. (** If you want, you can remove all the non-present (grayed-out) devices in all preset - except for in Non-Plug and Play Drivers [which is too risky if you don't know what you're doing]).
  12. Close the Device Manager.
6. Restart again.
7. Reinstall the printer software/driver (DON'T PLUG THE USB CORD YET) using the installation CD (or better, download the latest software from here!).
8. Plug the USB cord when asked - or when setup is done.

Please do tell if your problem's still unsolved!

Good luck,

Posted on Jun 01, 2010

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  • Beverly H Jun 02, 2010

    Hi there,

    First and foremost, I want to apologize for not getting back to you sooner, you were so quick in your response! I had a lot to do today, but I promise you I will get back to you sooner. While I have you here, when it says USB port, exactly which USB do I use. I have the one that is labeled USB print port, but where is it? I have my own photoeditor and all that, and that is why I don't want all the other attachments that come with HP, it's a waste of space. Thanks for being so patient and I will get back to you.

    Thank you,


  • Ran Kedar
    Ran Kedar Jun 02, 2010

    Hi again Bev!

    Like most printers today, your printer should connect to the computer using a USB cable.
    This cable connects to the USB connector at the back of the printer (near the power cord connector) on one side, and on the other side - to ANY free USB port at the REAR SIDE of your computer (many times, the front USB ports do NOT work good with printers). If you're connecting the printer using a USB hub, it MUST have it's own power adapter, otherwise your printer will fail to work properly.

    I'm well aware of the fact that HP likes to add in a lot of junk... Just download and install the BASIC software/driver. In any case, you can always uninstall unwanted software elements through Add/Remove Programs (or Programs and Features).

    By the way, I live in Israel and it's 4:30AM right now... Sow I'd go to sleep, if you don't mind :)
    I'd be glad you assist you more, if necessary, as I'll wake up!

    Best regards,

  • Ran Kedar
    Ran Kedar Jun 02, 2010

    mmm... Maybe this diagram would help:

  • Beverly H Jun 04, 2010

    Hello again,

    After using a "forced unenstall" program I have, I went to download the driver, I got a message that the download couldnt work because of a "reg svr" error. I don't know what the heck that is, but if it doesn't work, I'm probably going to purchase another printer, and save the aggravation. Anyway, I've got to get some bills paid today, so I know what to look for. You've been such a help and I am grateful to you for the fine service. I'm going to do that tomorrow, just no time to fool with it now.

    Thank you so much!


  • Ran Kedar
    Ran Kedar Jun 04, 2010

    Sorry I couldn't answer earlier (had some issues with Fixya)...

    Regarding your regsvr32 issue, I can't really help you since you didn't give my enough information. In any case, if you still want to deal with it, try searching Microsoft's knowledge base about your specific error message.

    You said you can't DOWNLOAD the file, or maybe you meant INSTALLING....
    If it's a downloading issue, try using a different browser, such as Firefox.

    In any case, I would really appreciate it if you accepted (rate) my solution, if you find it useful!

    Best regards,

  • Beverly H Jun 05, 2010

    Hi Pelu,

    I can't get the printer to work again, same error on all updates. I believe that I will look around for a new printer. I'm installing and downloading in FireFox, maybe I'll try IE. Firefox, I think, has gotten to secure - or I goofed in one of their security settings. Thanks for all of your help, but the printer is so out of date now, I'm better off getting a new one - not HP!

  • Ran Kedar
    Ran Kedar Jun 05, 2010

    Though HP has some new models that tend to be very economic in ink costs, if you're looking for other printer brands, I would recommend Canon or Brother.

    PLEASE rate my solution :)




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SOURCE: hp photosmart 8050 won`t print black even though

Hi there! If you haven`t used the printer in 2-3 months the black ink cartridge has gona dry.Wich means the printer is seeing full ink but the ink isn`t actually coming out from the ink head.Take a peace of clean cloth or cotton and clear the bottom part of the ink head(be verry carfully while cleaning it cuz you may dmg the head.If that doesn`t help just go and buy a new ink cartridge and it will solve your problem.

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