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My Photosmart 3210 will not print anything right. I had a piece of paper stuck in it and when I pulled it out this started. The black won't print correctly either.

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Removing a piece of paper shoul be done with care. Now you may need the help of a repair person.

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Hp 3210 not printing magenta and leaving large quantities of magenta ink in printer blobs on right side of paper

defective cartridge; make sure you buy ANY cartridge from a REPUTABLE, not cheap, cartridge company.

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How do i fix a cartridge jam?

Hi andmary,
While using the HP Photosmart C4180, the printer may display error messages. These messages alert you, as the printer's user, to any problems affecting the printer's performance. The printer can display the message "Carriage Blocked" on the printer's display screen, stopping any current print jobs and preventing you from printing anything until you resolve the problem. The error message can be caused by an actual obstruction, such as a stuck piece of paper, keeping the cartridge carriage from moving freely inside the printer. Sometimes the error is a result of a software error.

1. Turn off the printer, wait 15 seconds, then turn it back on. Press the "Setup" button on the control panel, then use the arrows to highlight "Print Report" and press the "Ok" button to print a self-test page.
2. Remove all the loose paper from the printer's input tray. Turn off the printer and open the back door by depressing the tab on the left side.
3. Pull out any stuck paper, being sure to turn the rollers to check for small pieces of paper. Close the back door and open the printer's front door.
4. Remove any stuck paper from the printer. Move the cartridge carriage from the left to the right side of the machine, removing anything that stops the carriage's movement.
5. Push down on each cartridge, then pull each one out of its slot. Replace the cartridges in their slots, then push forward on them until they each click into place.
6. Plug the printer back in and turn it on, then unplug the printer's power cord from the back of the machine and the electrical outlet. After at least 15 seconds, plug the power cord back in and turn the printer back on. If the problem persists, take the printer to a repair shop.

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Sep 24, 2011 | HP Photosmart C4280 Aio Printer

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Keeps saying carriage jam but don't see a jam. was on earlier

Follow the steps for fix HP Printer Carriage Jam

  • Turn off the printer and open it to see where the paper is stuck.
  • Manually move the carriage toward the opposite side.
  • Check the paper path and remove any piece of paper or any other object that is stuck in the path.
  • Reconnect the power cord and turn on the printer.

Aug 25, 2010 | HP Photosmart 3210 Printer

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A little black clip(guide) fell off and now the paper jams all the time....what can I do?

Hello there
You may not see a paper jam.

This may work for you, it has worked for many here I given this advice so gave it a try it could work for you. Generally when this happens, something has fallen into the printer, or a piece of paper has been jammed in there.

First step, remove the ink cartridge, and turn the printer upside down and gently shake it, see if anything comes out.

If nothing goes, or you can't hear anything rattling around, get a piece of cardstock paper (60lb or heavier) and gently push this through the printer, to see if it will help push out what might be stuck in there.

And gave the rode that the ink slides on a good clean and maybe a bit oil on cloth and wipe the rod with it.

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Mar 02, 2010 | HP Photosmart 3210 Printer

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I have HP Photosmart 3210 All in one. I use nebs

Solution for 3200 series HP prints that no longer print black.
I have followed the directions on using "Non-Acetone" nail polish remover and it works.

I will add a few more details on working this solution. READ all these instructions before you attempt this.

1. The brand of nail polish remover that I used was "Cutex" but the bottle should say, right on the outside, "Non-Acetone" or "Acetone Free." This is what you need to clear the blocked ink receiving nozzle and or ink feeding tube.

2. The best syringe to use is a small "3 cc" type. I started with a "10 cc" but the diameter size of the syringe hit up against a square piece of the plastice molding on the printer. The smaller one does not.

3. Pull the ink cartridge out, locate the two ink receiving nozzles on the printer. They are small, less than 1/4 inch long. The bottom receiving nozzle on the black was plugged on my 3210 HP printer.
(The nozzle fits into the stem on the syringe.)

4. Pour some the "Non acetone" nail polish remover into the cap of the polish remover bottle. **** up 2 cc's of nail polish remover, hold up the syringe and remove any air until some nail polish remover comes out the end.

5. Get a flash light in one hand and illuminate the nozzle and the syringe in the other hand and insert the nozzle into the end of the syringe (no not try to have a needle or filler needle on the end of the syringe-it makes a mess).
a. Slowly apply pressure to the punger of the syringe. Very little will go in initially but when it does--slowly pull the plunger back. The solution will turn black.
b. Do this process 3-5 times until you can inject get about 1cc into the nozzle. Once this happens you can try to **** it back out. You will not get it all back but it helps break down the clog.

6. Once you can get 2cc's into the nozzle try the other nozzle to see if it is plugged as well. The nozzle that is plugged will offer a lot of resistance and you may have to push hard to get the initial amount in, BE CAREFUL not to push the clog way into the tube--repeat process 5b until it pushes a little easier.
a. The nozzle that is not plugged will offer very little resistance when pushing on the plunger.

7. Once you are at this point, run a "Clean print heads" and then "Align printer" from the printer menu. a. Push "set up" button on left side on menu panel. b. Push down arrow to item 2 on the display window "tools" and you will find "Clean print head" & "Align printer."
Run this a couple of times you should start to see some black ink printing on your paper (make sure there is ink in your cartridge)

8. Initially, the color will be gray. Next, go to your word processing program and make a document that has one inch wide lines on it. Run about 8-10 lines on a single piece of paper, adjust the ink flow to auto/600 dpi on the properties menu of "print" and print 10-15 pages of this to get rid of all the nail polish remover in your print tubes that lead to the print head. The color will start with grey and eventually turn black. You will know the nail polish remover is coming out because the paper will smell like finger nail polish remover.

Try this and it should work for you as well.

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Only on Quicken to 3210 all-in-one printer. Paper starts to feed then indicates paper jam, wait long enough and paper feeds with crinkle and no print.

I would check the paper path on the printer where it is crinkling the paper. More than likely there is some small piece of paper or something that is causing it. Does it only do this out of quicken? I wouldn't think so if the paper comes out damaged....

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Hp 3210 photosmart Is it possible to print from black cartridge only,

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You have a sensor issue that could have been caused by a paper jam that you pulled out which caused the issue. You can also check for any pieces of paper that might stuck somewhere by the paper tray.

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Getting into my hp 3210 all in one printer for a bad paper jam

you better send it to some profession as you may not be good in opening in printer and when trying to open you may damage the parts

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