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Hi, my printer is a HP Color Laser Jet 2605dn. I've had it for several years and it's proved to work fantastic in all areas. However, in the last few months, I've had color issues. The printer prints out the color yellow instead of red and likewise with all the other colors. The quality is not the same anymore. Could this possibly be due to the ink cartridges? Or is there a deeper problem?

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This printer does not use ink cartridges. It is a laser printer and uses toner cartridges. Yes, one or all three toner color cartridges maybe running out of toner.

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  • sarahtapu Nov 09, 2010

    My bad. I used the term ink instead of toner. None are running out as they are brand new and I checked the levels too. I've cleaned all four cartridges. Is there any other solution?

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    Rommel Alilin Nov 09, 2010

    Try this link:

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    Rommel Alilin Nov 09, 2010

    Remove toner build?up
    During the printing process, toner can accumulate inside the printer. Over time, this buildup can cause print-quality problems. Each time you replace the black print cartridge, remove toner build?up.
    Open the front door.
    Locate the blue cleaning tool that is situated to the left above the black print cartridge.

    Move the cleaning tool back and forth across the cartridge five times.

    Ensure that the cleaning tool is returned to the left when the cleaning is finished.
    Close the front door.
    Run a cleaning page.
    NOTE: You will get toner on your hands when you perform this cleaning. To remove toner, wash your hands with cool water.
    Clean the paper path using HP ToolboxFX
    NOTE: Use the following procedure to clean the paper path using the HP ToolboxFX. To clean the engine when the computer is running an operating system that does not support HP ToolboxFX, see the late-breaking Readme on the root of the CD-ROM, or visit .
    Make sure that the printer is turned on and in the Ready state.
    Open the HP ToolboxFX.
    On the Troubleshooting tab, click Maintenance , Cleaning Page and then Print . A page with a pattern prints from the printer.
    At the printer, remove any print media in Tray 2 or optional Tray 3.
    Remove the page that printed and load it face-down into Tray 2 or optional Tray 3.

    At the computer, press Clean .
    Clean the paper path
    The printer features a special cleaning mode to clean the paper path.
    NOTE: If you have access to HP ToolboxFX, HP recommends cleaning the paper path by using HP ToolboxFX.
    To clean the paper path
    Use the (Left arrow ) or the (Right arrow ) button to select Service , and then press (Select ).
    Use the (Left arrow ) or the (Right arrow ) button to select Cleaning Mode , and then press (Select ).
    A page feeds through the printer slowly. Discard the page when the process is completed.
    Load plain letter or A4 paper when you are prompted.
    Press (Select ) again to confirm and begin the cleaning process.
    A page feeds through the printer slowly. Discard the page when the process is completed.



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