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My hp photo smart printer is soratically printing the wrong colors but not indicating that the cartridge is out of ink. Suggestions?

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  • victoria_lom Aug 07, 2010

    I meant sporatically not soratically

  • victoria_lom Aug 07, 2010

    My printer is printing wierd colors sporatically but has not told me that the cartridge is low or out of ink. I put it through the test twice and it printed two different colors on each one.

  • victoria_lom Aug 07, 2010

    Thanks for giving me several alternatives. I hope they work

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First of all, clean the heads of the cartridges, you can use soft tissue paper or cotton dipped in head cleaner solution (if you have), wipe the head gently (please be careful or you may damage the head permanently), clear any clogged dried up ink. If you can't clear them, first dip the print head in a bowl of warm water, (don't dip it fully dip only the head, or you can just use a cotton, soak it with warm water and wipe the head tenderly). After cleaning is done, let them dry. In the mean time, you can also follow these simple instructions:

[Remove all the cartridges], clean the contact points on the cartridges and on the printer using soft brush/cotton dipped in alcohol/acetone /spirit.
While they are drying, reset your printer; Turn it off > Disconnect usb cable, power cord, inthernet cable; >remove the papers from the tray >open the back panel door (the rear door where you clear paper jam). Also turn of the main switch which the dc adapter plugged in. After keeping it Off for about 5 minutes, turn on again using only the power cord, and again leave it on for few minutes > turn it off > connect all the cables > again turn it On and keep pressing the power button while it boots up. Now you can install the cartridges.

If this doesn't help, you better try with another cartridge, if the problem persists, then your printer needs service (if possible, try the cartridges on another printer). You can try updating the drivers to the latest version.

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Does your printer have a self-diagnostic or maintenance mode?
If so, Set it so it cleans the toner or ink heads. Likely they just need a good cleaning. Otherwise if you have an old school printer, you can purchase a cleaning kit.

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  • victoria_lom Aug 07, 2010

    I just printed the the test mode twice. It printed an orchid. The first time it printed with a blue back ground then I printed it again and got a green background. I think the green background was the proper one as it is leaves behing the flower. It doesnt sem to be sending the right color signal for the first printing.

  • victoria_lom Aug 07, 2010

    Just printed two different pages and they printed out pink instead of red or brown.

  • victoria_lom Aug 07, 2010

    Just printed two different pages and they printed out pink instead of red or brown.

  • victoria_lom Aug 07, 2010

    Just printed two different pages and they printed out pink instead of red or brown.

  • victoria_lom Aug 07, 2010

    Just printed two different pages and they printed out pink instead of red or brown.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Aug 07, 2010

    try unstall the driver, then restart computer, reinstall the driver

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How to fix hp 8600 damaged cartridge message?


If you observe the error message "One of more ink cartridges may be missing or damaged", "Cartridge Damaged", or "Ink Cartridge Failure", "The following cartridges are not intended for use in this Printer", etc. then the printer is not recognizing the installation of the refilled ink cartridge(s) or 'smart chip' which is affixed to the rear side of ink cartridge is causing the detection issue. This type of issue can also be caused by a bent pin on the PRINTHEAD assembly or one (or more) electrical contacts are dirty on the PRINTHEAD assembly (especially if the same error occurs with a brand new HP ink cartridge).

(1) It is first suggested you remove the respective ink cartridge from the printer and thoroughly clean the cartridge's smart chip's gold contacts/electrical surfaces using an isopropyl dampened lint-free towel. Ensure no ink residue is present on surface of the chip. Also ensure the chip is located in the proper position. Please refer to the 2nd photo on the following Inkjet411 support page - carefully inspect chip position to ensure it was properly placed: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1999 Following cartridge 'smart chip' gold contact cleaning, please re-install the ink cartridge and retest.

(2) Remove PRINTHEAD from printer and inspect for damage to contact pin(s) on the INSIDE OF THE PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY. Please refer to printhead removal procedure below for reference. Often, you can gently bend the pin back into position to correct the issue.

REFERENCE: HP Officejet PRO 8600 Printhead Removal & Replacement Procedure:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c02871867


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SPECIAL NOTE FOR BRAND NEW HP PRINTER MODELS (temporary issue until approx. mid to late August 2014):
If you continue to observe "One of more ink cartridges may be missing or damaged" alert messages, please note that printer firmware versions CKP5CN1334ER for the newer HP Office jet Pro 8100 and 8600 printer series (manufactured after Nov./Dec. 2013) do not allow the replacement chip to function (this problem temporarily impacts brand new HP printers only -- this problem will be resolved sometime in June 2014 with the release of upgraded smart chips to all Costco stores which will work in the newer printer models).

Confirm if your printer is impacted:

1. Verify 8100/8600 printer firmware - print the PRINTER STATUS REPORT or PRINT QUALITY DIAGNOSTIC page to verify your firmware version.
2. To print the printer status report, on the printer control panel, press and hold the (Cancel) button for three seconds (i.e. 8100 models). Alternatively, you can print either of the reports from the TOOLS menu if this does work.....OR.......
3. Check 'Product Information' - 'Firmware Version'
a. CKP5CN1334ER for the HP Office jet Pro 8100 and 8600 printer series
b. If your printer has this printer firmware version, then you may be impacted.

If the error message persists then we suggest you return the cartridge(s) to your refiller and request to have the 'smart chip' (attached to cartridge) replaced with a new chip*. If Costco does not have the NEW CHIP VERSIONS yet, then request a refund for the refill purchase.
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However, if the same problem occurs with a 2nd cartridge (or manufacturer's brand new ink cartridge) then the PRINTHEAD may either have ink on the internal electrical surfaces (where cartridge mates to it) or the PRINTHEAD may have a bent or deformed contact pin. Remove PRINTHEAD from printer and inspect for damage to contact pin(s) on the INSIDE OF THE PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY. Refer to printhead removal procedure below for reference. Often, you can bend the pin back into position to correct the issue.

REFERENCE: HP Officejet PRO 8600 Printhead Removal & Replacement Procedure:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c02871867

You should also ensure the EXTERNAL electrical contacts on PRINTHEAD are clean of any ink residue. Clean with damp towel to remove residue. Refer to the 5th photo on the following Inkjet411 support page: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1999

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ADDITIONAL ERROR MESSAGES / NOTES:

2. An "Ink Cartridge Depleted" message can be observed (printer will cease print operations) when an ink cartridge 'really is' out of ink. HP has small sensors which look into the bottom of the ink tank to ensure ink is present. Typically you will receive 'Low Ink Warning' messages just before this occurs.

3. Since the printer monitors ink usage/drop counts, it will display the 'Ink Sensor Warning' messages when it 'predicts' the cartridge should be out of ink, but these messages can be temporarily ignored and you may continue printing. Eventually the 'Cartridge(s) Depleted' alert message will be displayed when the cartridge truly is out of ink.

4. The "Use Color Ink Only" or "Use Black Ink Only" messages can be caused by poor contact (i.e. electrical connectivity) between the ink cartridge's 'smart chip' and the carriage assembly (which the ink cartridge plugs into). Typically a 'Red X' will also be displayed on printer control panel LCD or Window's pop-up screen when this condition is present.


*This type of error may be caused an electrically damaged 'smart chip' which is affixed to the rear side of the cartridge itself, a mis-aligned chip (wrong position), an incorrect replacement chip type (i.e. operator installed the wrong chip on for that color and/or tank size). In most case the cartridge will need to have a new replacement chip installed. For more information on chip placement, refer to Section A on the following Inkjet411 support page: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=913


For any additional questions please contact us directly: Inkjet411help@gmail.com

If you need to purchase a new HP 950/951 ink cartridge, we suggest you try a remanufactured ink cartridge from http://www.inkplicity.com/ as their ink cartridges typically have the lowest cost in the USA and have a high reliability rating.

-Thank you

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What are the ink cartridge numbers for this printer?


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Black: HP 96 or HP 94 (high capacity - lasts for ~860 pages, if it doesn't dry out.)
Color: HP 95 or HP 97 (large capacity)
Photo: HP 99 (replaces black when you print on Photo papers)
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If you were using the wrong ink cartridges, you would not be able to print at all. HP printers give errors when it doesn't recognize the cartridge as the appropriate one.

First check if you are printing in a low quality mode. This is under Printer Properties or Printer Preferences when you click Print or right click on the Printer in the Devices Control Panel. Go to the Printing Shortcuts tab. In the Advanced Options (click the button), you can change the ink volume and slide the tab to the right to add ink.

You should print a Diagnostic test page to see the color levels/reproduction relative to the HP settings and consider cleaning the print head. The diagnostic page is reached by pressing * and # on the printer. Then press 1, 2, and then 3. In this Service Menu, press the right arrow key twice and press OK to open the Special Reports menu. Press the right arrow key once and then press OK. See http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00242761&tmp_task=solveCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=391182 to evaluate the printout's ink cartridge quality information.

I've seen dull colors on photo paper when you print on the wrong side. This is obvious since the ink will bleed.

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  1. Locate and raise the print cartridge access door on the front of the unit, just above the output tray. The print cartridge carriage will move into the middle of the access area. Figure 1: Raising the front access door and the ink cartridge latches c00224418.jpg
  2. Press down lightly on the top of the ink cartridge latch of the ink cartridge to be replaced and then pull the lower section of the latch toward you to unlatch the ink cartridge.
  3. Grasping the sides of the ink cartridge, pull the cartridge toward you to remove it as shown in Figure 2. Figure 2: Removing the cartridge after raising the latch c00224419.jpg
  4. Remove the replacement cartridge from its packaging, and touching only the black plastic, gently remove any tape covering the nozzles. Do not touch the gold-colored contacts. Figure 3: Removing the protective tape c00224420.jpg
  5. Holding the ink cartridge with the printed label up, slide the cartridges one at a time into the print carriage as shown in Figure 4. The black ink cartridge (HP 56 or HP 27) goes on the right side (with the gray latch) and the tri-color cartridge (HP 57 or HP 28) goes on the left side (with the blue latch). If the optional photo cartridge (HP 58) is installed for six-ink photo printing, it is installed in place of the black ink cartridge. Figure 4: Inserting the cartridge c00224421.jpg
  6. Place your hand on the latch as shown in Figure 5, with the thumb pulling the end of the latch toward you. While holding the end of the latch out, press down on the top of the latch until it stops and then release the lower portion of the latch with your thumb so that it catches under the tabs. Do not force the latches into place or damage to the unit might occur. Close the all-in-one after latching the ink cartridges in place. Figure 5: Latching the ink cartridges in place c00224422.jpg
  7. Close the print cartridge access door.
  8. A message will appear in the front panel display requesting that the ink cartridges be aligned. Press ENTER on the front panel to start the cartridge alignment. Two pages will print. Following the instructions printed on the second page, place the first page on the scanner glass in the lower-right corner and then press ENTER to finish aligning the cartridges. Remove the page from the scanner glass when complete.
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  • To insert a cartridge into the protector, slide it into the protector at a slight angle until it snaps in place.
  • To remove a cartridge from the protector, push down and back on the top of the protector to release the cartridge and then slide the cartridge out of the protector.
Figure 6: Inserting and removing ink cartridges from the ink cartridge protector c00224423.jpg Fixing error messages that appear after changing a cartridge After inserting the cartridge, one of the following messages appears:
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These messages indicate that the ink cartridge is not making good electrical contact, is bad, or is the wrong cartridge. Complete the following steps to diagnose and correct the condition:
  1. Open the front of the unit to access the print cartridges (as shown in Figure 1).
  2. Remove the ink cartridge indicated in the message and inspect it.
  3. Verify that it is the correct part number and if it is, reinsert it.
  4. Close the lid to see if the problem is corrected.
  5. If the message is still displayed after a few seconds, remove the ink cartridge again.
  6. Unplug the power cord from the back of the unit.
  7. Clean the electrical contacts on the ink cartridge with a soft clean cloth, slightly dampened (not wet) with clean water. Each contact is very small and shaped like a rounded square. Figure 7: Cleaning the cartridge contacts c00224424.jpg
  8. Inside the HP all-in-one product, clean the contacts in the print carriage (the cartridge holder) with a clean cotton swab slightly dampened with clean water. Allow them to dry for five minutes before reinserting the cartridge(s) and turning on the printer. Figure 8: Contacts to be cleaned c00224425.jpg
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