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My HP 3210 printer seams to be leaking at the printer head. Just below where the 6 ink lines (6 lines in one wide black strip) enter the carriage. Ink is pooling under the base location of the printer head. The highest point I see ink is just below where the black strip is inserted to the white receiver. It doesn't apper to be from this connection directly.

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The following video demonstrates how to replace the cartridges and the printhead. You do not necessarily need to replace the cartridges. Simply refer to the video for replacing the printhead, and then stop the video.
You could carefully clean this as follows:
put the printer on some newspaper to avoid further spills.
Turn on the printer, then open the lid to allow the carriage to move to the center.
Now unplug the printer, then gently move the carriage to the left and out of the way.
You should now have limited access to the spittoon area.
You can clean this area by carefully scooping out the ***** of ink with a plastic spoon. (Be careful not to drop ink sludge on your printer, desk, carpet or clothing.)
Once most of the ink has been removed then use a crumpled paper towel to soak up the ink in the bottom of the service station.
It may take several rounds of this to clean up the service station.
It is not necessary to completely clean the service station, just get the majority of the ink out.
Once this has been completed you could turn the printer up and clean the bottom area of the printer. Do not tip up the printer before the service station has been cleaned or you are likely to create a mess....
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HPPhotosmart 3210 AIO hangs us with error code of 0xc05d1281


Hi Minnie,

This could be because of residue on the Printhead electrical contacts


Try the steps below and it should help.

Turn off the Printer.

1. Open the Carriage access door.
2. Remove the Cartridges
4. Move the carriage from left to right 6 times and it should move freely
5. Clean the contacts on the Cartridge with lint free cloth. ( Golden dots )
6. Turn on the printer and it should say " Cartridge missing or need to be reinstalled "
7. Install the Cartridges and close the Carriage door
8. the printer should go through alignment process

If this step does not fix, You may try calling HP customer support to check for better options/solutions

HP Customer Care : 1-800-474-6836

Regards,
Sean

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The printer skips at the middle of the page


If I recall correctly, this printer uses a calibration strip to tell where the printhead is.
It's an almost invisible strip of plastic (may look gray) the runs the entire width of the carriage.
It's not gray, in fact it's clear with black stripes, and that's how the head tells where it is.
If this strip gets ink or other contaminants on it, the print head will "skip" over that area thinking the dirt is one black line (one pixel wide).
Repair houses stopped telling people to clean these strips ages ago because people would apply too much pressure and pop the strip off the catch or the spring that holds it - or worse - break it.
If you are very gentle though, you can use a Q tip with distilled or bottled water to clean it.
Only use rubbing alcohol if the water doesn't work, as the inks are usually water based and water soluble.

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My HP Photosmart 3210 printer is not printing black color


must be dryed ink on ink cartdrige, or dirty print-head (ink cartdrige) conntector.
try these :
To clean the print head from the control panel
1. Load letter or A4 unused plain white paper into the main tray.
2. Press Setup.
3. Press 5, then press 2.
This displays the Tools menu and then selects Clean Printhead.
or
To clean the ink cartridge contacts
1. Unplug the power cord from the back of the HP All-in-One.
2. Lift the ink cartridge access door.
3. Squeeze the tab below an ink cartridge to release the latch inside the HP All-in-One, and then lift the latch.
4. Inspect the ink cartridge contacts for ink and debris buildup.
5. Dip a clean foam rubber swab or lint-free cloth into distilled water, and squeeze any excess water from it.
6. Clean only the copper-colored contacts.
7. Place the ink cartridge back into the empty slot and press down on the gray latch until it clicks into place.
8. Repeat if necessary for the other ink cartridges.
9. Gently close the ink cartridge access door and plug the power cord into the back of the HP All-in-One.

These steps is printer manual on pag 99 and 100

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Carriage jam - Turn machine on, get carriage jam message, however the carriage can move freely if moved by hand. If I close and hit enter, carriage sounds like it's moving, then I get the error message...


Sorry about the B.S., you can move the carriage by hand, and all you need is to clean the encoder strip that runs across behind the carriage assembly. You can wipe the strip gently with an alcohol swab or a Q-tip moist with alcohol. The bars on that strip tell the carriage where it is and grease or ink on it will give the carriage jam error. No calibration necessary after moving the head or cleaning the strip.

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HP Officejet 7310 carriage jam


I'll start by explaining some of the components you need to understand to troubleshoot the carriage system.

The Carriage is the thing the cartridges are mounted in, it slides on the carriage rail, the bushings in most newer carriages are made of plastic, (or maybe it would actually be called a polymer, or composite material). The bushings are the pieces that wrap around the carriage rail.

The carriage rail is a shiny round rod that the carriage rides on, it is driven across the rod by the carriage belt, by the carriage motor, at the opposite end of the belt there is an idler pulley, ".

In a HP printer the device where the carriage parks, (sits at), when the machine is not printing is called the service station, it is responsible for cleaning the print heads, and for capping the heads when you are not printing, (so they won't dry up). The bottom of the service station is the "Spittoon Base", ink is spayed into the base before printing to prime the heads, there is an absorbent pad in the base to soak up the ink. Note that the pad does not always soak up all the ink, so if you tilt an HP printer you can spill the ink out of the service station, (especially if it is a heavily used printer). The piece that moves back and forth in the service station is the "Sled", it was wipers to clean the heads on it, and the caps that keep the heads from drying out are also part of this assembly. The sled is moved back and forth before the carriage leaves the service statio to wipe the heads, this happens after the heads are primed, then the carriage is moved off the service station and the sled is again moved back and forth to clean the wipers.

The encoder strip is a plastic timing fence that looks clear at first glance, but has black lines painted on it. The strip is threaded through an optical sensor on the back of the carriage.

When the printer initializes the carriage has to leave the service station, or, if the machine was powered off when the carriage was somewhere else, whatever spot it is sitting in, and travel the way to the other side of the printer, and then return to it's home position which is the service station.

When the carriage reaches the side of the printer away from the service station it sets that as a reference, then it counts lines on the encoder strip as it travels home, if it doesn't see enough lines before it gets all the way to the other side and can't move any more then the printer decides the carriage must have something blocking it.

Sometimes a service station will fail in a way where the sled does not retract fully, if that failure happens when the carriage is parked then the carriage will usually not be able to leave the service station. If the service station binds when the carriage is off of the station, then the station may not be able to move all the way to that side, and will detect a carriage jam. When the service station binds you might hear a grinding noise as it's motor tries to drive the sled back and forth.

If the encoder strip is dirty the printer may not see all the lines and detect an error, often when the strip is dirty the carriage will move too fast and slam to one side of the printer.

I use water to clean the encoder strips in HP printers, water works well on water based inks, if your printer uses ink with another base you might use alcohol, but "ONLY" if the ink is not water based.

One end of the encoder strip is attached to a spring mount, if you wipe the strip starting at the end that is attached to the frame, and wipe only towards the spring mount, then the strip will stay attached to the printer.

A dry carriage rail will cause the carriage to bind, if the carriage does not move fast enough a carriage jam will be detected. Some newer HP printers use grease on the carriage rail, many models use a liquid lubricant, Use "ONLY" light synthetic or silicone based lubricants on printers that use a liquid lubricant, Petroleoum based products may melt the plastic bushings and ruin the carriage. (YES, Petroleoum based means WD-40)

some HP printers have a timing disc on the service station, and if the service station binds, or the timing sensor fails they report a carriage jam, but as far as I've seen that jam always occurs before the carriage moves.
You can use a synthetic lubricant on the carriage rail :hope this helps

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HP 3210 not printing black ink


Look at the posts on "black ink problem" later on this site (mostly Dec).

This appears to be a very common issue with this model and results from a serious design error.

You may need to force the blockage out of the black ink feeder system, a messy process.

The 9 offers on "black ink problem" give various suggestions: try the top one.

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Hp 7550 ink jet printer printing uneven


My first guess is that it is a cartridge issue, due to these printers having the print head as part of the cartridge, there is nothing else, it makes the whole cartridge the only printing item. Ensure the carts are not old (exp date) and that they are HP, With that all understood as I now see that you must due to owning it for 6 years, then you could try to clean the contacts on machine's "cartridge holder" and give that a clean too while your at it cause it may be the problem here (see below)

If a inkjet printer lasts 3 years you would be doing well, and you've had 6. Exceptional!

HP Photosmart printers may print images with white lines or single color streaks. This issue can be caused by ink that has dried in the ink nozzles or by debris that is blocking the ink nozzles. The ink cartridges and the and printer cradle should be cleaned. Clean the ink cartridges with the ink cartridge cleaning utility in the HP Printer Toolbox. Also, clean the ink cartridges and the print cradle manually.
Cleaning the ink cartridge cradle
  1. Assume an eye level position with the HP Photosmart printer.
  2. Locate the ink cartridge cradle.
  3. Using clean, moistened swabs, wipe the underside of each wall of the carriage where fibers may collect and come in contact with the paper. Repeat until no ink residue is seen on a clean swab.
  4. Reconnect power cord when finished cleaning.


Manually cleaning the ink cartridges
  1. Turn the printer on and lift the top cover.
  2. After the ink cartridges have moved to the center of the printer, unplug the power cord from the back of the printer.
  3. Remove the ink cartridges and place them wide side down on a piece of paper.
  4. Prepare a clean, foam-rubber swab or a lint-free cloth slightly dampened with water.
  5. Locate the copper-colored circuitry strip on the back of each cartridge.
  6. Clean the copper-colored strip with the dampened swab or cloth. Do not wipe the nozzle end of the cartridge or touch the nozzle plate.
  7. Clean the carriage contacts on the back wall of the ink cartridge carriage with a damp foam-rubber swab or lint-free cloth. Use a dry foam-rubber swab or a lint-free cloth to remove moisture from the contacts.

Cleaning the ink cartridges with the HP Printer Toolbox
  1. Click Start .
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Click Printers .
  4. Right-click the icon of the printer in use.
  5. Click Properties .
  6. Click the Services tab.
  7. Click Open the HP Photosmart Toolbox or Service this device.
  8. Click the Device Services tab. This tab does not display in Windows XP; proceed to the next step.
  9. Click Clean the Print Cartridges .
  10. Follow the onscreen prompts.
If you've got this far then I should tell you that these days, Printers aren't worth fixing, one just replaces them with new

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buy a new printer this thing is junk

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check the print driver in control panel...... if the correct driver for the printer is not installed, or corrupted, it can send invalid instructions to the printer, but let me check....... ahah! found it..... it's a carriage stall (not the horse kind :-') ) but the print head carriage is jamming for some reason, either there is some grit on the carriage bar, or a missing tooth in the drive belt, or the timing strip is dirty..... the easiest to fix yourself would be to clean the timing strip. the timing strip is a clear plastic tape usually behind or below the carriage bar. it looks like it has a grey horizontal stripe across it (actually it is many tiny vertical black stripes that provide the printer with motion and dot timing information). carefully with a window cleaner soaked paper towel, and without too much pressure (that would unhook one of the ends of the strip)wipe the strip clean on both front and back. also if the printer happens to be in an unlocked condition (you can do this by removing power during the head positioning cycle), try moving the printhead at a moderate speed back and forth along the carriage bar and see if there's anywhere where it binds up or you feel more than normal resistance, the printer needs repair, but at least you can tell the technician where to start looking....

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