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Black ink not working on HP C5180 Photosmart

The black ink no longer prints on my HP C5180. It never gave me a "low ink" message--it just quit printing black. I have tried changing the ink cartridge and that hasn't worked.

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  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2008

    I have the same problem. I installed two new black cartridges and still got the message "Black Ink Cartridge Empty, etc." I unplugged the cord from the printer and also from the PC and nothing worked. The HP Vista stinks. I've had nothing but problems with it and have paid a Geek a ton of money to solve each issue.

  • animalnutzo Jan 27, 2009

    I have been dealing with the SAME ISSUE for weeks now. Have contacted HP several times. Nothing they told me to do is working. REALLY FRUSTRATED! Do I buy a new printer now or what? Kind of need the black ink...

  • toni_w41 Jan 30, 2009

    My black color is not working either. A new cartridge did'nt solve the problem nor the chat-help of HP (who had a lot of patience). I think that the ink has dried up inside the printer, but I don't know about the construction of it. Who knows how to clean the pipes/nozzles of the printer????

  • dermys Feb 03, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem
    Colour inks working fine,
    Black ink not low and new black ink cartridge made no difference

    Got to this site via google
    Anyone got an answer to the problem yet?

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    Same problem! C5180 just stopped printing black. No warning before or after. Changed the black cartridge twice and still not printing black.

  • larsp Feb 10, 2009

    Same problem. C5180 just stopped printing black. Changed black cartridge twice and still no black printing. No warning before or after.

  • stuartva Feb 14, 2009

    Yes Same problem. Gone thru all the steps no solution yet will now try reinstalling software although I believe the Print head is clogged. funny how the problem has occured to a number of us Printer purchased March 2006

  • toto268 Feb 27, 2009

    Same problem!
    And the black ink gauche on the computer is correct, but the ink gauche on the printer screen is completly wrong. The HP-Support couldn't help me.

    Is ist possible to hard reset the printer?

  • bubbacabara Mar 03, 2009

    i have a C5180 printer and it stated that i needed to replace the black ink cartridge. i have tried two different new black ink cartridges and it still shows it at being empty. how can you fix this?

  • slayfire52 Apr 11, 2009

    Exact same problem. Purchased mine October 2007. Replaced the black cartridge,to no avail. No error messages whatsoever,but when i try to align the printer and do a print head cleaning,it gives me a message that says the process failed...The colors print fine,when I give a plain black print the page comes out white.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    my printer is printing more of a reddish/brown color instead of the grays and blacks that I need. It just started and I need it fixed asap!



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Try a hard restart, which simply means unplugging the power cord of the printer, and replugging it after one minute has passed. If that does not work, then rerun the CD used to install the printer. Both techniques reprogram the electronics, to a certain extent.
You can also visit the HP website, to see what solutions are being offered for various printer problems. They probably have a number to call, in case you need to talk to a technician.
Hope these suggestions help you out.

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You probably can.

Before you print, go into print options and select "Black ink only".

Let me know if it works. It should do as it's a standard option on almost every printer.

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How did you resetted the machine??
Did it gave you any error messages??
Try to take out the black ink cartridge and try to clean the contacts (the copper colored circles) with a cotton swab dampened with bottled water. (don't use tap water coz there are contaminants on the tap water might ruin the contacts). Send me a message if it still wont work

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How can I print Black only?


HP Inkjet printers work only if both the cartridges have ink unlike HP Laserjet printers.
If you want the printer to print only in black, Follow the steps

Start --->Control panel -- >Printers and faxes ---->Right click on the printer icon (HP c5100) select printing preferences.
Under printing prefences there u will see an option to print with black or print in gray scale.

Note:HP Inkjet printers like Photosmart C5180 will work only both the cartridges have ink.


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