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Red is printing pink.

All three color cartridges show half full or better. Black is 1/4 full. Restarted and restored factory settings. Large red area has good coverage but almost pink, it is still printing light. I have the same problem with mine and my cartridges are all brand new. I even purchased a new magenta cartridge thinking I might have a defective one. I have the same problem

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A manual and troubleshooting guide for your printer can be found here.

Posted on May 05, 2008

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    Matt Jurach May 05, 2008

    from Page 96 (Chapter 8- Printer Maintenance):

    "Environmental differences or aging print cartridges might cause fluctuations in image density. The printer accounts for this with image stabilization control. The printer automatically calibrates at various times to maintain the highest level of print quality. You can also request a calibration by using the HP Toolbox."

    To calibrate the printer at the printer:
    1. Press (LEFT ARROW) or (RIGHT ARROW) until the display
    reads System setup.
    2. Press (SELECT).
    3. Press (LEFT ARROW) or (RIGHT ARROW) until the display reads Print quality.
    4. Press (SELECT).
    5. Press (LEFT ARROW) or (RIGHT ARROW) until the display reads Calibrate color.
    6. Press (SELECT).
    7. Press (LEFT ARROW) or (RIGHT ARROW) until the display reads Calibrate now.
    8. Press (SELECT).
    9. Press (SELECT) to confirm Calibrate now.



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