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Fairly new ink cartridge (HP Inkjet) which is almost full but unused for 90 days. Any way to get the ink flowing again?

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  • genework1 Sep 12, 2010

    I got the ink to flow by using both methods. Not perfect yet, but at least it is printing. Time and use will perhaps improve it.



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There are certain tricks you could try :-

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.

More often than not, there is still some usable ink inside the printer cartridge for you to use to print out text documents and images. Here are some ways for you to revive your seemingly dried up ink cartridges.

* 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.
* 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.

If the above options do not work, unfortunately you need to buy a new in cartridge.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

Thanks for using ' Fixya ' and have a nice day!!

Posted on Sep 12, 2010


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