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HP 3210 not printing black ink

Is it something to do with the moon this month as I have the same problem. I have recently started using non HP cartridges (albeit from a reputable on-line supplier) and the black dried up half way through a job. I have tried 2 new non HP cartidges and replaced all non HP catridges (including one of the colour ones) with HP brands but no better. I have tried cleaning the nozzles where the print catridge goes but to no avail, and cleaned the heads automatically numerous times but still no joy. Do I need to take the printer apart further, if so is this easy to do?

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  • Anonymous Aug 04, 2008

    Not printing black following a paper jam

  • allietta Aug 06, 2008

    I have the same problem! The black ink cartridge has ink in it and it acknowledges that on the ink levels indicator, but it won't print black ink for some reason.

  • yabayaba_99 May 01, 2009

    HP 3210 - not printing black ink, all of other colors print fine. I of course did an online chat with HP, no help, gave me a phone # for technical support, 1-800-474-6836. They wanted $35.00 just to talk with you, or $65.00 for the year, if you wanted more idiotic resolutions that don't work. I did not go past the 1st customer care person, that wanted my credit card #, no way i was going to give that info to them. I haven't bought an HP computer for many years, looks like I won't be buying any printers from them again either........I installed 2 different new black cartridges, printheads cleaned, shut off/on, hold down "ok" - "cancel" buttons, used a vial to shoot polish remover into the tube, nothing worked. Its a glitch on HP part and they wont admit it, BUMS.......



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Look at the posts on "black ink problem" later on this site (mostly Dec).

This appears to be a very common issue with this model and results from a serious design error.

You may need to force the blockage out of the black ink feeder system, a messy process.

The 9 offers on "black ink problem" give various suggestions: try the top one.

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You may need to take the printer apart and physically spray a cleaner/solvent where the ink meets the printer head.  It may be that the black ink has dried enough not allowing ink to go through the nozzle. And now that it is in the attic, all of the colors are dried.  Fixed my 3210 cleaning the nozzles where they meet the print head.  Works fine now.  HP wasn't much help.  

Posted on Oct 03, 2008


Fixya technicians couldn't help either. Promised to get back to me but didn't (I was charged for the priviledge all the same). HP didn't get back to me either. Gave up and bought a new printer in the end. Old one is in the attic if anyone has a flash of inspiration though!

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

I have same problem with my HP 3210xi. Won't print black ink, tried new cartridge and nothing. Any ideas?

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

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