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I can,t get the cartridges to align after all the trouble shoting and cleaning is there anything else i can try

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You would probably find some help on HP's website if you search for your specific printer. Without that information it is hard for me to make any suggestions.

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HP Photosmart with FAX C410B. When I do an alignment test is comes up with the error message 'alignment failed'. I have tried taking the cartridges out and cleaning them but this has not worked....

Best thing to do is use the printer driver software to do a nozzle check. If the output has a problem, run the procedure to clean the nozzles. There is also the possibility if you are using refilled cartridges the quality of the cartridge housing has itself deteriorated making changes in the nozzle & air hole so the only way you can confirm is by using new original cartridge replacement.

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When I do an alignment test is comes up with the error message 'alignment failed'. I have tried taking the cartridges out and cleaning them but this has not worked. When it prints, it does not...

Usually the problem is not the printer but the paper or cartridge.
Try skipping the alignment.And when your ready to tackle the alignment issue do this. Check the paper first, if theres anything written in the paper , if theres any color other than white or if the brightness level isnt atleast 85, you cannot use the paper for alignment.
If the problem isn't the paper, the problem is most likely the cartridge. The cartridge problem maybe, Low in Ink, defective cartridge, suffering from clogged nozzles or past their shelf life (Hp cartridges include a use-by date on the box. The dates tend to be conservatice, but if the deadline is long since past, the cartridge could be all but useles.) Run the cartridge-cleaning routine, then try aligning the cartridges again.if the problem was clogged-nozzles, the cleaning routine might fix it. if it doesnt fix the problem,try cleaning the cartridges and contacts in the printer. If you want a simple instruction on how to do that you can read this. CLICK ME. Once you finished the cleaning and still it fix the problem i suggest you buy a new set of cartridge. But before doing that. Skip the alignment and use up all the remaining ink first.
hope it helps. Goodluck . Please give me feedback regarding my solution.

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I ran out of ink and replaced my cartridges. When I tried printing the alignment, it printed the alignment, then gave me the error message of ERROR 2200 and also says "Alignment problem. Remove tape...

Try cleaning the Gold section of the cartridges with a wet paper towel.

Unplug the printer and clean the gold contacts on the printer where the cartridge meets up to the printer with a wet paper towel. Do this till the towels come back clean.

Dry both the contacts on printer and cartridges.

Allow at least 30 mins for the printer to dry.

Plug the printer back in and reinstall the cartridges.

Align the cartridges,

Hope this helps.


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My Dell A960 will not print from word documents but will print maintenance test page, align/clean. I purchased new black/color cartridges from Office Max -- printer will not print. Placed old Dell...


Remove the cartridges and clean the contacts ( electrical contacts - golden colored ) with a lint free cloth and re-install them back in the printer.

Try this and check if it prints the test page.


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When I print, the black ink skips or sometimes doesn't print anything. I put in a new cartridge (no improvement), manually cleaned printer head, tried to manually align printer and it says alignment...

unless you are printing and choosing black only, the printer uses the color cartridge also. Go into advanced settings and choose black only. If not you may try and replace the color cartridge, or return the cartridge, it might be defective.

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Dell v305w Alignment Error

You should have the option to print an allignment page, try that.

Hope this helps!

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Am getting error message of 'alignment failed'. black cartridge will not print

You can run into a problem aligning print heads on almost any HP All-in-One. Fortunately, the problem is usually with the paper or cartridges, not the printer itself.
The quick and dirty fix is to skip the alignment. With the HP printer, you can do that by holding the Enter button down and pressing Setup.
When you're ready to tackle the alignment issue, check the paper first. If there's anything written or printed on the page, if it's any color but white, or if its brightness level—which should be on the package—isn't at least 85, you can't use it for alignment.
If the problem isn't the paper, it's almost certainly the cartridges, which could be low on ink (if you replaced only one cartridge), defective, suffering from clogged nozzles, or past their shelf life.cartridges include a use-by date on the box. The dates tend to be conservative, but if the deadline is long since past, the cartridge could be all but useless.
Run the cartridge-cleaning routine, and then try aligning the cartridges again. If the problem was with clogged nozzles, the cleaning routine might fix it. If it doesn't, the next step is to try cleaning the cartridges and the contacts in the printer. Once you've cleaned the cartridges, try the alignment routine again. If it still fails, and you feel rich enough, you might want to try a new set of cartridges. Or, you might want to bypass the alignment again and use up the ink in the current cartridges first.

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Printer will not align cartridges

Ensure you are using original HP cartridges. Using refilled/generic inks can cause this problem.
If you are using original inks, try cleaning the contacts of the cartridges gently with isopropyl alcohol. Should it still fail, get them replaced.

The above solution was offered by IrishDruid, posted on Jun 01, 2008. I tried it (using alchohol swabs) it worked perfectly.

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Prints Blank Pages

i was having these same exact problems then i looked at my old ink cartridge and saw that the blue tape was off and that i hadnt taken it off my new one i was trying to print with.!!!

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