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I have a HP printer desk jet f4580 in my holiday apartment. When I leave printer for a few months cartridges appear to have dried out. Is there any way to fix or prevent happening rather than buying a replacement each time?

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  • barry115 Aug 26, 2010

    I tried soaking cartridges in hot water as suggested and it worked perfectly



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If you would leave your printer for few months, the cartridges would dry. There is no way to escape from that.However, there are certain ways, you could get your dried cartridge. The different ways that are suggested are hit and trial options and there is never a guarantee. The ways are :-

1. The easiest way to prevent your ink from drying out is to print a test page every week. It seems that if you only use your printer once a month or so, the ink will be dried up and gone within a couple of months - way before the ink would have actually been used up by printing. However, printing a test sheet or some other page out of your inkjet printer every week should keep it fresh.

2. Another method that some people swear by, if you don't use your printer often, is to take the ink out after each use, and then store it in a bag with a moist cloth or paper towel. This will work to keep it fresh, but can be kind of a pain. I would say that this method would be best if you are going out of town for an extended period of time, or something like that.

3. Print Cartridge Kits. There are a number of print cartridge cleaning kits that would allow you to remove the dried ink clogging your ink printer cartridge so that you can use them again. Just like ink refill kits, make sure that you read and follow the instructions listed carefully.

4. Warm water baths. If your printer cartridge has not yet been used, but has already passed the expiration date, you can loosen up the ink by soaking the bottom portion for a minute or two in warm water. This can only be done on printer cartridges that have a copper portion on the bottom part of the printer cartridge.

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1. Run the printer's print-head cleaning utility. The location of this will vary depending on the printer, but it can usually be found on your computer under "Contol Panel" and "Printers," or in the case of printers with LED screens, on the printer's menu itself.
2 Remove the cartridge from the printer if the print-head cleaner doesn't cause ink to flow. Soak it in a bowl or sink filled with enough warm water to immerse the print head nozzles, long enough to see ink beginning to dissolve and flow into the water. Alternately, you can soak a cloth in warm water and use it to clean the nozzles until you see ink begin to flow.
3 Thoroughly dry the nozzles with a soft, lint-free cloth once the cleaning process is complete.
4 Replace the cartridge into the printer and run the printer's print-head cleaning utility.
5 Repeat the cleaning procedure if the cartridge still doesn't print. Reinstall and once again run the print-head cleaning utility.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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Posted on Aug 26, 2010


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