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When I put in a new inkjet, I get a sheet telling me to follow the steps using this sheet. The next thing that pops up is "Open the hp toolbox and calibrate". Where is the toolbox and what does calibrate mean?

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    This worked for me. Thank you so much for helping me with myt question. YOU DID GOOD!!!



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What your printer manufacturer calls calibrate is a test that draws
small black lines on a piece of paper, in 5 different instances. You pick the number that looks the straightest. But i installed a 50$ HP deskjet this week that i didn't calibrate and it prints just perfect.
_Your Q where is the toolbox is the printer software that is on your computer that is used tell how much ink level is in the cartridges etc. print test pages...on XP click START.....click Control Panel......
click PRINTERS........open the printer properties for the installed
printer then just start looking around

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The printer automatically aligns the print cartridges after a new print cartridge is installed. You can also align the print cartridges at other times to ensure optimal print quality.
To align print cartridges:
1. Load letter-size or A4-size plain white paper in the In tray.
2. Open the printer Toolbox.
3. Click Align the Device.
4. Click Align , and then follow the onscreen instructions

Here are directions for how to open the printer Toolbox, in case you don't know:
The printer Toolbox contains a number of useful tools to enhance the printer performance.
Use the printer tools to perform the following tasks:
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• Clean the print cartridges
• Align the print cartridges
• Calibrate color
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To use the tools, open the Printer Properties dialog box, click the Services tab, and
then click the Service this device button.

AND, in case you don't know how to open the Printer Properties dialog box, here you go! :
The Printer Properties dialog box is also referred to as the Printer Preferences dialog box.
Opening the Printer Properties dialog box
Follow these steps to open the Printer Properties dialog box:
1. Open the file that you want to print.
2. Click File , click Print , and then click Properties or Preferences.

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Hi mary vie Capistrano,

Is this a new HP OEM or Reconditioned cartridge?

Have you tried a new cartridge?

Clean the print head:If the steps above did not help, clean the print head.
  1. Open the All-in-One Toolbox :
    1. Open HP Solution Center (click Start , click All Programs , click HP , and then click HP Solution Center ).
    2. If you have more than one All-in-One installed, make sure to select the correct All-in-One tab in HP Solution Center .
    3. Click Settings .
    4. Click Print Settings .
    5. Click Printer Toolbox .
  2. On the Device Services tab, click Clean the Print Cartridges , and then follow the onscreen instructions. Three levels of cleaning are available.

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To clean the HP Inkjet print cartridges from the HP Toolbox, using a Windows operating system, perform these steps:
  1. Double-click the HP Toolbox icon on the computer screen.
  2. Click the Printer Services tab.
  3. Click Clean the print cartridges and follow the directions on the screen.
If the print quality improves after completing this sequence once, but the quality is still not quite good enough, repeat procedure. Start at Step 1, or click the Clean Again button on the final cleaning window. If this process does not improve the print quality, the HP Inkjet print cartridges might be low on ink. See the document that is provided with the black HP Inkjet print cartridge for instructions about how to use the ink level sensor to determine if the cartridge is low on ink. Replace the HP Inkjet print cartridges, if appropriate.

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Hi,

1. Press the Setup button.
  1. Use the arrow keys to select Tools and then press the OK button.
  2. Select Clean Print Cartridge and then press OK . The device prints a test page.
  3. Examine the test page. If the print quality of the page is good, stop here. If the print quality is bad, go on to the next step for further cleaning.
  4. Open the Printer Toolbox . There are two ways to do this:
    • Open HP Director , select the Settings menu, then the Print Settings submenu, and finally the Printer Toolbox .
    • If the HP Director method does not work, open Printers and Faxes in the Windows Control Panel , then right-click your printer icon and choose Properties . Click on Printing Preferences . Click the Services tab, then the Service This Device icon.
  5. The Printer Toolbox opens. On the Device Services tab, click Clean the Print Cartridges , then follow the on-screen instructions. Up to three levels of cleaning are available. Discard or recycle the page that prints.
  6. Remove and re-insert, while the product is switched on.
If still bad, swap out the cartridge.

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Option 1:- This method of aligning or cleaning ink cartridges will work for most computers and printers. Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the following steps are not the same as those you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer.)
Click Start, then Printers and Faxes.
Click the desired printer icon to highlight it.
Click File, then Printing Preferences.
Click the Services tab.
Click Open Toolbox.
Click the desired task.
Option 2:- Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the steps below do not match what you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer)
Click Start, then Printers and Faxes.
Click the desired printer icon to highlight it.
Click File and Properties.
Click the Services tab.
Click the desired task.
Option 3:- Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the steps below do not match what you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer)
Double-click the XXXX Printer Assistant icon on the Desktop.
Click the Utilities button or the Tools and Updates button.
Click the Printer Maintenance button.
Click the desired task.
Option 4:-Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the steps below do not match what you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer)
Right-click the Printer icon on the Taskbar.
Click Open Toolbox.
On the Device Services tab, click the desired task.
Option 5:-Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the steps below do not match what you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer)
Click Start, Programs, HP DeskJet (your printer) series vX.X, then HP DeskJet (your printer) series vX.X Toolbox.
Click the Device Services tab.
Click the desired task.
Option 6:-Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
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Click Start, Programs, Hewlett-Packard, HP DeskJet XXXX series, then Printer Assistant.
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Click the Printer Maintenance button.
Click the desired task.
Option 7:-Double-click the HP Director icon on the Desktop.
Click the Utilities option.
Click the Printer Maintenance button.
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Issue The printer is working, but the colors in the printed output are not the expected colors. The output may look as if only one color has printed, or as if a color has not printed, or as if the wrong colors have been printed. Solution Complete the following steps to resolve this issue. Step one: Check ink levels If the print defect is minor, it might be caused by reserve mode operation. When the printer runs out of some colors, it can continue printing using remaining inks, but print quality may be affected. If cyan, magenta, or yellow is out, the printer can print only in grayscale.
NOTE: HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP ink. If ink cartridges have been refilled, try replacing them with genuine HP ink cartridges. Replace any empty print cartridges. To access the ink level gauge, follow these steps.
  1. Press Setup .
  2. Press c00707172.gif to select Tools , then press OK .
  3. Select Display Ink Gauge and press OK . The ink levels are displayed. Figure 1: Ink levels c00410056.gif
    • Each icon corresponds to the cartridge that is the color of the icon. The icons are also in the same order, from left to right, as the cartridges in the printer.
    • If an icon is empty, the corresponding cartridge may need to be replaced soon.
    • The ink levels in non-HP, refilled, and remanufactured cartridges cannot be read by the printer. Instead of an icon, a question mark is displayed for these cartridges. HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP ink. Printer service or repairs required as a result of printer failure or damage attributable to the use of non-HP ink will not be covered under warranty.
Step two: Calibrate the color If the cartridges have not been refilled and none are empty, try calibrating the color.
  1. Open the printer Toolbox :
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    2. If you have more than one printer installed, make sure to select the correct printer tab in HP Solution Center .
    3. Click Settings .
    4. Click Print Settings .
    5. Click Printer Toolbox .
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  1. Open the All-in-One Toolbox :
    1. Open HP Solution Center (click Start , click All Programs , click HP , and then click HP Solution Center ).
    2. If you have more than one All-in-One installed, make sure to select the correct All-in-One tab in HP Solution Center .
    3. Click Settings .
    4. Click Print Settings .
    5. Click Printer Toolbox .
  2. On the Device Services tab, click Clean the Print Cartridges , and then follow the onscreen instructions. Three levels of cleaning are available.
Step four: Contact HP If the error still occurs, click the link at the bottom of this page to contact HP.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00707165&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=1153481&rule=45772

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A configuration warning popped up explaining that 'd be changing settings used by the driver. I clicked ok. AOK. (I did do an alignment just before this, but it's probably not required to fix the prob.

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Try to clean your printheads or check the level of your inks, maybe you are low on inks. Operating system does not affect any printing outputs as I know. Check your inks also coz HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP ink. If ink cartridges have been refilled, try replacing them with genuine HP ink cartridges.
If the print defect is minor, it might be caused by reserve mode operation. When the printer runs out of some colors, it can continue printing using remaining inks, but print quality may be affected. If cyan, magenta, or yellow is out, the printer can print only in grayscale.
Replace any empty print cartridges. To check ink levels, follow the steps below.
  1. Press the Setup button.
  2. Press the down arrow button until Tools is highlighted.
  3. Press OK .
  4. The Display Ink Gauge selection should be highlighted. Press OK and the ink gauge will display.
OR try calibrate the color:
  1. Open the printer Toolbox :
  • Open HP Solution Center (click Start , then All Programs , then HP , then HP Solution Center ).
  • If you have more than one printer installed, make sure to select the correct printer tab in HP Solution Center .
  • Click Settings .
  • Click Print Settings .
  • Click Printer Toolbox .
2. On the Device Services tab, click Calibrate Color , then follow the onscreen instructions. The procedure takes about two minutes and requires two sheets of paper.
If the steps above did not help, clean the print head.
  1. Open the All-in-One Toolbox :
    1. Open HP Solution Center (click Start , click All Programs , click HP , and then click HP Solution Center ).
    2. If you have more than one All-in-One installed, make sure to select the correct All-in-One tab in HP Solution Center .
    3. Click Settings .
    4. Click Print Settings .
    5. Click Printer Toolbox .
  2. On the Device Services tab, click Clean the Print Cartridges , and then follow the onscreen instructions. Three levels of cleaning are available.
Please let me know if these steps helped you or not. Thanks

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  1. Press the Setup button.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select Tools and then press the OK button.
  3. Select Clean Print Cartridge and then press OK . The device prints a test page.
  4. Examine the test page. If the print quality of the page is good, stop here. If the print quality is bad, go on to the next step for further cleaning.
  5. Open the Printer Toolbox . There are two ways to do this:
    • Open HP Director , select the Settings menu, then the Print Settings submenu, and finally the Printer Toolbox .
    • If the HP Director method does not work, open Printers and Faxes in the Windows Control Panel , then right-click your printer icon and choose Properties . Click on Printing Preferences . Click the Services tab, then the Service This Device icon.
  6. The Printer Toolbox opens. On the Device Services tab, click Clean the Print Cartridges , then follow the on-screen instructions. Up to three levels of cleaning are available. Discard or recycle the page that prints.

If the steps have not solved the problem, clean the electrical contacts on the print cartridge and in the carriage.
  1. Gather the following items to clean the cartridge and print carriage:
    • Clean distilled water. Use bottled or filtered water if distilled water is not available. Tap water can contain contaminants that damage the cartridge.
    • Clean cotton swabs or any soft, lint-free material that will not stick to the cartridges (coffee filters work well).
    • Sheets of paper or a paper towel to rest the cartridges on during cleaning.
  2. Open the product cover and wait until the print carriage stops moving.
  3. Remove the cartridge and place it on a piece of paper with the nozzle plate facing up. NOTE: Clean the contacts quickly so that the cartridge is not outside of the product for more than 30 minutes. If the cartridge is outside of the product for too long, the ink can dry and clog the nozzles.
  4. Unplug the product.
  5. Dip a swab in the clean water, and then squeeze it to remove most of the moisture. The swab should be only slightly damp.
  6. Clean the print-cartridge contacts. Do not touch the nozzles. Figure 1: Cartridge electrical contacts c00832021.gif
  7. Clean the contacts in the print carriage, inside the product. Figure 2: Carriage contacts c00246272.gif
  8. Either let the cartridge sit for ten minutes to allow the cleaned area to dry, or use a new swab to dry it.
  9. Reinstall the cartridge, plug the product back in, and close the product cover.
  10. Try to print again. If the issue still appears, continue to the next step.

In the black print cartridge, this problem might be caused by sediments collecting in the nozzle area. Perform the following steps to solve this problem:
  1. Remove the black print cartridge.
  2. If the carriage has a latch, re-latch it and then close the printer. NOTE: If the printer is not closed, it cannot adequately protect the remaining tri-color cartridge.
  3. Place the cartridge on a level surface with the nozzles up (label down). Figure 4: Cartridge with the nozzles up c00260331.gif
  4. Allow the cartridge to sit undisturbed for two hours.
  5. Reinstall the cartridge and print another diagnostic page.
    1. Load letter or A4 unused plain white paper into the input tray.
    2. Press and hold the Cancel button and then press the Start Copy Color button.
    3. Make sure that the test patterns show a complete grid and the thick color lines are complete.
    • More than a few broken lines in a pattern can indicate a problem with the nozzles. You might need to clean the print cartridges.
    • If the black line is missing, faded, streaked, or shows lines, this might indicate a problem with the black print cartridge in the right slot.
    • If any of the color lines are missing, or if the pattern appears faded, streaked, or shows lines, this might indicate a problem with the tri-color print cartridge in the left slot.
  6. Look for defects on the page. If the diagnostic page shows no defects for the black cartridge, and if the cartridge was new, align the cartridge. To align the cartridge, follow the steps:
    1. Load letter, A4, or legal unused plain white paper into the input tray.
    2. In the HP Solution Center, click Settings , point to Print Settings , and then click Printer Toolbox . NOTE: You can also open the Printer Toolbox from the Print Properties dialog box. In the Print Properties dialog box, click the Services tab, and then click Service this device . The Printer Toolbox appears.
    3. Click the Device Services tab.
    4. Click Align the Print Cartridges and a print cartridge alignment sheet is printed.
    5. Load the print cartridge alignment sheet with the print side down on the right front corner of the glass.
    6. Press the Start Scan/Reprints button and the HP All-in-One aligns the print cartridges. Recycle or discard the print cartridge alignment sheet. For aligning the cartridges from the hardware only, follow the steps:
    7. Load letter or A4 unused plain white paper into the input tray.
    8. Press and hold the Cancel button and then the On/Power button.
    9. While the Check Paper and Check Print Cartridge lights are blinking, press the following buttons one at a time in the following order: Cancel , Number of Copies , Paper Type , Color Start

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