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Have hp photosmart 4480...continues to give message that I'm using incompatible ink cartridges, that the alignment failed, that I may continue but cartridges are not calibrated for best print quality, alignment page not detected, etc.. I've already replaced cartridges. I cannot print as whenever I send print job there is no reaction from c4480.

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Printer cartridge allignment fails repeatedly


'Printer alignment failed' Error Message Displays on the Product

Try aligning the printer again and put the alignment page on the top of the scanner bed printer will align itself make sure the printouts are facing down

'Printer alignment failed' Error Message Displays on the Product

A "Printer alignment failed " error message displays on the product
Follow these steps in the order presented until you resolve the issue. When one of the steps resolves the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
Step one: Load the correct type of paper
Colored, photo, or used paper can cause the alignment to fail.

1.
Remove all the paper from the tray.
2.
Load unused, plain white, letter, or A4-sized paper with a brightness level of at least 85 into the tray.

NOTE: Look for the brightness level on the paper packaging.

Step two: Align the All-in-One

1.
Press the Setup button ( ).
2.
Press the Down Arrow ( ) to select Tools , and then press OK .
3.
Press the Down Arrow to select Align Print Cartridges and then press OK . The product calibrates, aligns the printhead, and then prints an alignment page.
4.
Click OK to continue.
5.
Recycle or discard the alignment page.

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If these steps resolved the issue , there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
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If the issue persists , see the next step.

Step three: Check the ink levels
Empty or nearly empty cartridges might cause alignment failures. Follow these steps in the order presented to check the ink levels in the cartridges.

1.
Open HP Solution Center.
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Windows XP: Click Start , click All Programs , click HP , and then click HP Solution Center .
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Windows Vista: Click the Windows icon ( ), click All Programs , click HP , and then click HP Solution Center .
HP Solution Center opens in a new window.
2.
Click Settings ( ).
3.
In the Print Settings area, click Printer Toolbox . The printer Toolbox opens.
4.
Click the Estimated Ink Level tab. The estimated ink levels display in a new window.
Figure 1: Estimated Ink Level window
Illustration of Estimated Ink Level graphic
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If either of the cartridges is empty or low on ink, continue to the next step.
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If the ink levels in the cartridges are sufficient, skip to Step five: Clean the cartridges .

Step four: Replace the cartridges
Follow these steps to replace any cartridges that are empty or low on ink.

1.
Press the Power button ( ) to turn on the product.

CAUTION: If the product is off when you open the cartridge door to access the cartridges, the product does not release the cartridges for changing. You might damage the product if the cartridges are not in the dock when you try to remove them.
2.
Open the cartridge door.
Figure 2: Open the cartridge door
Illustration of opening the cartridge door
3.
Wait until the print carriage is idle and silent, and then lightly press down on a cartridge to release it.

NOTE: To replace the tri-color print cartridge, remove the print cartridge from the slot on the left. If you are replacing the black or photo print cartridge, remove the print cartridge from the slot on the right.
Figure 3: Press down on the cartridge to release it
Illustration of pressing down on cartridge to release it.
4.
Pull the print cartridge toward you out of its slot.

NOTE: The HP Inkjet Supplies Recycling Program is available in many countries/regions, and lets you recycle used cartridges free of charge. For more information, go to the HP Eco Solutions Web page .
5.
Remove the new cartridge from its packaging.
Figure 4: Remove the cartridge from packaging
Illustration of removing new cartridge from
6.
Use the pull tab to gently remove the protective plastic tape from the cartridge.

CAUTION: Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or ink nozzles. Touching these parts can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections.
Figure 5: Remove the protective tape
Illustration of removing the protective plastic tape from the cartridge
7.
Slide the new cartridge forward into the empty slot, and then gently push on the upper part of the print cartridge forward until it clicks into the socket.
Figure 6: Install the new cartridge
Illustration of sliding new cartridge into the slot
8.
Close the cartridge door.
Figure 7: Close the cartridge door
Illustration of closing the cartridge door
9.
Try the alignment again.

Step five: Clean the cartridges
Method one: Clean the cartridges from HP Solution Center

1.
Open HP Solution Center.
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Windows XP: Click Start , click All Programs , click HP , and then click HP Solution Center .
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Windows Vista: Click the Windows icon ( ), click All Programs , click HP , and then click HP Solution Center .
HP Solution Center opens in a new window.
2.
Click Settings ( ).
3.
Click Print Settings , and then click Printer Toolbox . The printer Toolbox opens.
4.
Click the Devices Services tab, and then click Clean the Print Cartridges .
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions to choose the appropriate cleaning level.
6.
Recycle or discard the page that prints.

Method two: Clean the cartridges from the Start menu

1.
Click Start , and then click Printers and Faxes .
2.
Right-click your printer icon, and then choose Properties .
3.
Click Printing Preferences , and then click the Services tab.
4.
Click Service This Device . The Printer Toolbox opens.
5.
Click the Device Services tab, and then click the Clean the Print Cartridges tab.
6.
Follow the on-screen instructions to choose the appropriate cleaning level.
7.
Replace empty or almost empty cartridges.

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If these steps resolved the issue , there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
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If the issue persists , see the next step.

Step six: Reset and relocate the product
A power reset drains power from the product and returns the product to the same settings after restarting. Plugging the product directly into a wall outlet can eliminate any potential power deficiencies that could cause an alignment failure.

1.
Make sure that you have the product turned on. If necessary, press the Power button ( ) to turn on the product.
2.
With the product turned on, disconnect the power cord from the back of the product.
3.
Unplug the power cord from any power strips or surge suppressors, and then plug it directly into a wall outlet, preferably in another room.
4.
Reconnect the power cord to the back of the product.
5.
Press the Power button ( ) to turn on the product.
6.
Load plain white paper into the tray.
7.
Try the alignment again.

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If these steps resolved the issue , there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
call hp to take advantage of your printers warranty or they can provide you alternative options specially their loyalty program for Out of Warranty printers

hope i help you a bit

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Usually if you leave the printer off for sometime the ink get dry on the heads or some ink may leake to the sensores so take the cartrage out clean it and clean the heads with cotton swaps...see if the help and let me know

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Can't print on my HP 5180


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Something is wrong with your Blach carrier or connections. Use a bit of alcohol and clean the array of gold contacts where the Ink cartridge plugs in. Most of the pins are shutter and piezo control (get the ink on paper) but a few do other stuff like check ink level, # of hours runtime, etc. This is very common problem with inkjet printers. Hope this helps.
Also... rub the contacts on the printhead with a pencil eraser to make them shiny and bright.

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I have a Photosmart C5280 Have changed colour cartridge for the first time Alignment has failed twice Book tells me to contact you Print cartridge alignment failed.


# Hold the cartridge upside down, with the bar-code label facing you and take a damp paper towel.
# Use the towel to wipe the printhead of the cartridge on the bottom (where the ink comes out). Wipe the printhead horizontally in one direction only (left to right).
# Continue doing this until it looks clean.
# Then dab the cartridge on the towel to make sure the ink is flowing.
# Next, look inside the printer and locate the carrier that holds ink cartridges. Caution: Make sure the cartridges are not installed at this point.
1. Look for a shiny piece of metal underneath the contacts at the back of the carrier.
2. Take a damp cotton swab (use water only!) and wipe along the bottom of the shiny metal piece. Note: You may need more than one swab.
# Reinstall the cartridges, making sure you snap them correctly into the printer.
then try to print if the alignment fails then you need to change the cart in the
printer if its original hp new cart then get replaced .....

Good luck..


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Printer won't print properly.


Hi,


Please perform the following steps:

  1. Load unused plain white letter or A4 paper into the input tray.
  2. Press the Setup button.
  3. Press the down arrow button to select Tools and then press OK .
  4. Press the down arrow to select Align Print Cartridges and then press OK . An alignment page prints.
  5. After the success or failure message displays, click OK to continue. Recycle or discard the alignment page.


Regards,

Sagarjd

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Alignment


Remove both the cartridges from the printer and check the expiry dates on both cartridges, if any of the cartridge is expired then change the cartridge and check the result. If the cartridges are not expired then check the ink levels present in the cartridges from the HP Solution Center. If the ink levels are good then clean the copper contacts of the cartridges with a soft cotton cloth and power cycle the printer.

  1. Turn the product off.
  2. Unplug the power cord from the product.
  3. Wait 30 seconds, and then reconnect the power cord to the product.
  4. Turn the product on.
Now insert the cartridges and align them, after alignment page prints then scan the page.

If it still gives alignment failed message then remove the cartridges and reset the printer and check for the result.



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