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How can I align print cartridges when usin vista?
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Option 1:- This method of aligning or cleaning ink cartridges will work for most computers and printers. Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the following steps are not the same as those you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer.)
Click Start, then Printers and Faxes.
Click the desired printer icon to highlight it.
Click File, then Printing Preferences.
Click the Services tab.
Click Open Toolbox.
Click the desired task.
Option 2:- Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the steps below do not match what you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer)
Click Start, then Printers and Faxes.
Click the desired printer icon to highlight it.
Click File and Properties.
Click the Services tab.
Click the desired task.
Option 3:- Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the steps below do not match what you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer)
Double-click the XXXX Printer Assistant icon on the Desktop.
Click the Utilities button or the Tools and Updates button.
Click the Printer Maintenance button.
Click the desired task.
Option 4:-Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the steps below do not match what you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer)
Right-click the Printer icon on the Taskbar.
Click Open Toolbox.
On the Device Services tab, click the desired task.
Option 5:-Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the steps below do not match what you see on your computer, skip to the next option. Each option does not work on every computer)
Click Start, Programs, HP DeskJet (your printer) series vX.X, then HP DeskJet (your printer) series vX.X Toolbox.
Click the Device Services tab.
Click the desired task.
Option 6:-Follow the instructions below to align (calibrate) or clean the ink cartridges:
(NOTE: If the steps below do not match what you see on your computer, go to one of the other options. Each option does not work on every computer)
Click Start, Programs, Hewlett-Packard, HP DeskJet XXXX series, then Printer Assistant.
Click the Utilities button or the Tools and Updates button.
Click the Printer Maintenance button.
Click the desired task.
Option 7:-Double-click the HP Director icon on the Desktop.
Click the Utilities option.
Click the Printer Maintenance button.
Click the desired task.

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Here's a support article taken from the HP website regarding alignment of print cartridges. Hope this helps.
Introduction This document provides steps to align print cartridges using the All-in-One control panel or the computer. The appearance of the product varies by model. Aligning print cartridges Follow one of these methods to align print cartridges. NOTE: If the same print cartridge is removed and reinstalled, the product will not prompt to align the print cartridges. The product remembers the alignment values for that print cartridge, so there is no need to realign the print cartridges. Method one: Print an alignment page using the All-in-One control panel When a new cartridge is installed, the product aligns the cartridge. The cartridges can also be aligned any time after you install the software. Aligning the cartridges helps ensure high quality output. Follow the steps to align newly installed cartridges.
  1. When prompted, make sure plain white letter or A4 paper is loaded in the input tray.
  2. Press the button next to OK on the control panel display. The product prints an alignment page. Figure 1: Alignment pagec01369744.gif
  3. Place the alignment page print-side down on the right front corner of the glass. Figure 2: Position the alignment pagec01369745.gif
  4. Press the button next to OK on the control panel display. When the On button stops flashing, the alignment is complete. Remove the page and recycle or discard it.
Method two: Print an alignment page using the computer Follow these steps to align the cartridges from the HP Photosmart software.
  1. Double-click the HP Digital Imaging Monitor icon (c01367004.gif ) on the lower right side of the Windows taskbar. The HP Solution Center displays.
  2. In the HP Solution Center, click Settings . Then click Printer Toolbox . The printer Toolbox displays.
  3. Click the Device Services tab.
  4. Click Align the Print Cartridges .
  5. When prompted, make sure plain white letter or A4 paper is loaded in the input tray.
  6. Press the button next to OK on the control panel display. The product prints an alignment page. Figure 3: Printing an alignment pagec01369744.gif
  7. Place the alignment page print-side down on the right front corner of the glass. Figure 4: Positioning the alignment pagec01369745.gif
  8. Press the button next to OK on the control panel display. When the On button stops flashing, the alignment is complete. Remove the page and recycle or discard it.

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You can align the print cartridges at any time from the control panel or by using the HP Image Zone software on your computer. Aligning the print cartridges ensures high-quality output.
Note: If you remove and reinstall the same print cartridge, the HP all-in-one will not prompt you to align the print cartridges. The HP all-in-one remembers the alignment values for that print cartridge, so you do not need to realign the print cartridges.

To align the cartridges from the control panel:
  1. Load letter or A4 unused plain white paper into the input tray.
  2. Press Setup.
  3. Press 6, then press 2.
  4. This displays the Tools menu and then selects Align Print Cartridge.
  5. The HP all-in-one prints a print cartridge alignment sheet and aligns the print cartridges.

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Follow the instructions below to install the print cartridges for the first time. Installing print cartridges Step one: Install the print cartridges Follow these steps to install the cartridges.
  1. Open the cartridge door. The carriage moves to the far right side of the product. Figure 1: Open the cartridge doorc01133347.jpg
  2. Remove the new cartridge from its packaging and, being careful to touch onlythe black plastic, gently remove the plastic tape by using the pink pull tab. Figure 2: Remove tape from cartridgec01107115.jpg 1 - Copper-colored contacts 2 - Plastic tape with pink pull tab (must be removed before installing) 3 - Ink nozzles under tape CAUTION: Do not touch the cartridge ink nozzles or copper contacts. Touching these parts will result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections.Do not remove the copper strips. They are required electrical contacts. Figure 3: Do not touch the ink nozzles or copper contacts.c01107116.jpg
  3. Slide each new cartridge forward into the empty slot. Then gently push theupper part of the cartridge forward until it clicks into place.
    • Insert the tri-color cartridge into the left slot.
    • Insert the black cartridge into the right slot.
    Figure 4: Insert the cartridgec01107117.jpg
  4. Close the cartridge door.
Step two: : Align the print cartridge The product prompts you to align cartridges every time you install a cartridge. You can also align the cartridges at any time from the control panel, or byusing the software you install with the product. Aligning the cartridgesensures high quality output.
  1. Make sure you have letter or A4 unused plain white paper loaded in the input tray.
  2. Press OK. The product prints an alignment page.
  3. Place the alignment page print-side down on the scanner glass.
  4. Press OK to scan the alignment page. When the scan finishes, the alignment is complete.

NOTE: If you have colored paper loaded in the input tray when you align the cartridges, the alignment will fail. Load unused plain white paper into the inputtray, and then try the alignment again.

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Hello. The ink cartridge may not be seated properly in the carrier. Remove the cartridges from the printer. Close the cover. Clean the nozzles using a damp paper towel. Unplug the printer from the power source. Plug it back in after 10-15 seconds. When the printer asks for the cartridges, reinsert the cartridges. Also, make sure you're using the compatible ink cartridges for the printer. Let it print the alignment page all the way without cancelling it to align the cartridges properly. Hope this helps.

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Hi there,
Working with print cartridges
To ensure the best print quality from HP All-In-One, you will need to perform some simple maintenance procedures and when prompted by a message on the display replace the print cartridges.

A) Handle the print cartridges
Hold the print cartridges by their black plastic sides, with the label on top. Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or the ink nozzles.
Note : Handle the print cartridges carefully. Dropping or jarring cartridges can cause temporary printing problems or even permanent damage.

B) To replace the print cartridges
1) Make sure the HP All-In-One is off whenyou open the print cartridge door to access the print cartridges, the Hp A-ll-In-One will not release the cartridges for changing. You might damage the HP All-In -One. If the print cartridges are not docked safely on the right side when you try to remove them.
2) Open the print cartridge door.
The print carriage should now move to the far right side of the HP All-In-One. If the print cartridge does not move to the right side, close the door. Then trun the HP-All-In-One offm and then on again.
3) Wait until the print carriage is idle and silent, and then lightly press down in a print cartridge to release it.
If you are replacing the tri-color print cartridge, remove the print cartridge from the slot on the left.
If you are replacing the black print cartridge, remove the print cartridge from the slot on the right.
4)Pull the print cartridge toward you out of its slot.
5. If you are removing the print cartridge because it is low or out of ink, recycle the print cartridge.
6. Remove the new print cartridge from its packaging and, being careful to touch only the black plastic, gently remove the plastic tape by using the pink pull tab.
Caution Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or ink nozzles.
Touching these parts can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections.
7. Slide the new print cartridge forward into the empty slot. Then gently push on the upper part of the print cartridge forward until it clicks into the socket.
If you are installing the tri-color print cartridge, slide it into the left slot.
If you are installing a black print cartridge, slide it into the right slot.
8. Close the print cartridge door.
9. If you installed a new print cartridge, the print cartridge alignment process begins.
10. Make sure you have plain paper loaded in the input tray, and then press OK.
The HP All-in-One prints a print cartridge alignment sheet.
11. Load the print cartridge alignment sheet print side down and top first in the center of the document feeder tray, and then press OK.
The HP All-in-One aligns the print cartridges. Recycle or discard the print cartridge alignment sheet.

Align the print cartridges
The HP All-in-One prompts you to align cartridges every time you install or replace a print cartridge. You can also align the print cartridges at any time from the control panel or by using the software you installed with the HP All-in-One. Aligning the print
cartridges ensures high-quality output.
To align the print cartridges from the control panel when prompted
1. Load letter, A4, or legal unused plain white paper into the input tray.
Note If you have colored paper loaded in the input tray when you align the print cartridges, the alignment will fail. Load unused plain white paper into the input tray, and then try the alignment again.
If the alignment fails again, you might have a defective sensor or print cartridge. Contact HP Support. Go to www.hp.com/support. If prompted, choose your country/region, and then click Contact HP for information on calling for technical support.
The HP All-in-One prints a print cartridge alignment sheet.
2. Load the print cartridge alignment sheet print side down and top first in the center of the document feeder tray, and then press OK.
The HP All-in-One aligns the print cartridges. Recycle or discard the print cartridge alignment sheet.
To align the cartridges from the control panel at any time
1. Load letter, A4, or legal unused plain white paper into the input tray.
Note If you have colored paper loaded in the input tray when you align the print cartridges, the alignment will fail. Load unused plain white paper into the input tray, and then try the alignment again.
If the alignment fails again, you might have a defective sensor or print cartridge. Contact HP Support.
2. Press Setup.
3. Press 6, then press 2.
This selects Tools and then selects Align Print Cartridge.
The HP All-in-One prints a print cartridge alignment sheet.
4. Load the print cartridge alignment sheet print side down and top first in the center of the document feeder tray, and then press OK.
The HP All-in-One aligns the print cartridges. Recycle or discard the print cartridge alignment sheet.

Black Cartrige no . :27/21
Tricolor Cartridge no . 22

Hope this helps.
have a good day.

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Print cartridge

When the print cartridge contacts are dirty and the printer cannot detect/communicate with print cartridge.

Clean the contact points on the cartridges with a dry, lint-free cloth.

1. Open the top cover of the printer.

2. Remove the print cartridges.

3. Clean the copper-colored contact points on the cartridges with a damp, lint-free cloth.
Use a dry, lint-free cloth to remove moisture from the contacts.

5. Insert the cartridges back into the printer.

6. Close the top cover.

7. Try printing again.

If you still cant communicate try with new cartridge .


Hope this help. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

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Here is how to align your print cartridges

Using the printer control panel:

1 Load plain Letter-size paper.
2 From the printer control panel, press tools , and then press ok.
3 Press the arrow buttons until Align Cartridges appears, and then press ok. An alignment page prints.

Using Windows
1 Load plain Letter-size paper.
2 Do one of the following:
• In Windows Vista, click the windows globe (start button) .
• In Windows XP and earlier, click Start.
3 Click All Programs or Programs, and then select the printer program folder from the list.
4 From the printer folder, click Maintenance Align Cartridges.
5 Click Print.
6 Follow the instructions on the computer screen.

Using Macintosh
1 Load plain Letter-size paper.
2 From the Finder desktop, double-click the printer folder.
3 Double-click the printer utility icon.
4 From the Maintenance tab, click Print Alignment Page.
5 Follow the instructions on the computer screen.
If you aligned the cartridges to improve print

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Align your cartridges to solve print quality problems such as: • Characters are not properly formed or are not aligned at the left margin. • Vertical, straight lines are wavy. 1 Load paper in the paper support. 2 On the control panel, press Copy. 3 Press Options until Maintenance appears. 4 Press the right arrow until Align Cartridges appears, and then press Select. An alignment page prints. Once this page prints, your automatic alignment is complete.
Please rate this solution.thanks and good luck.

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Installing print cartridges
  1. Make sure the HP All-in-One is on. CAUTION: If the HP All-in-One is off when you open the print cartridge door to access the print cartridges, the HP All-in-One will not release the cartridges for changing. You might damage the HP All-in-One if the print cartridges are not docked safely when you try to remove them.
  2. Open the print cartridge door. Figure 1: Opening the print cartridge door c00906461.jpg Make sure the print carriage moves to the center. If it does not move to the center, turn the device off and then turn it back on again.
  3. Remove the tape from both cartridges. Figure 2: Removing the tape from a cartridge c00651128.gif CAUTION: Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or re-tape the cartridges. Figure 3: Copper-colored contacts c00651129.gif
  4. Hold the cartridges with the HP logo on top.
  5. Insert the tri-color cartridge in the left cartridge slot and the black cartridge in the right cartridge slot. Figure 4: Carriage slots c00853116.jpg Figure 5: Inserting the tri-color cartridge in the left slot c00853117.jpg
  6. Make sure you push the cartridges in firmly until they snap into place. Figure 6: Pushing the cartridge in firmly c00853118.jpg Figure 7: Tri-color cartridge and black cartridge correctly installed c00853119.jpg
  7. Close the print cartridge door. Figure 8: Closing the print cartridge door c00906462.jpg
Aligning print cartridges The HP All-in-One prompts you to align cartridges every time you install or replace a print cartridge. You can also align the print cartridges at any time from the control panel or by using the software you installed with the HP All-in-One. Aligning the print cartridges ensures high-quality output. NOTE: If you remove and reinstall the same print cartridge, the HP All-in-One will not prompt you to align the print cartridges. The HP All-in-One remembers the alignment values for that print cartridge, so you do not need to realign the print cartridges. To align newly installed print cartridges
  1. Make sure you have letter or A4 unused plain white paper loaded in the input tray. The HP All-in-One prints a print cartridge alignment sheet. NOTE: If you have colored paper loaded in the input tray when you align the print cartridges, the alignment will fail. Load unused plain white paper into the input tray, and then try the alignment again.
  2. Load the print cartridge alignment sheet print side down on the left front corner of the glass with the top of the page to the left. Figure 9: Loading the alignment sheet c00906464.jpg
  3. Press the Scan (c00906465.jpg ) button. The HP All-in-One aligns the print cartridges. Recycle or discard the print cartridge alignment sheet.

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There is no doubt in my mind it Will be the cartridges you are using, alignment will continue to be requested if print out is missing bits do yourself a favour and use HP gen., not trying to plug HP just telling you the facts

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