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Ink cartridge I purchased photo ink for my hp 5440 printer. Unlike any other ink cartridges this one came with the ink and this additional plastic object. I know I'm supposed to place the cartridge inside the plastic object and then put it in the printer...but I dont' know how I'm supposed to put it in the printer! I've tired sooo many things!! HELP ME PLEASE!!!

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The additional plastic object is used when storing the photo ink cartridge. It helps prevent damage to the print head and helps keep the ink from drying up and clogging the ink jets. After printing photos you will probably want to remove the photo ink cartridge and re-install the black ink cartridge for normal everyday use. Insert the photo ink cartridge into the additional plastic object when the cartridge is not being used.

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Maybe you've already tried this, but here's the instructions from the HP website, with pictures.

It sounds like you removed the plastic object and protective tape, but can't get the cartridge to sanp in place. Be careful not to touch the the corner where the tape had been. Slide the cartridge at a "Slight upward angle" to get the leading bottom edge in.

Hope this helps,

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Introduction This document explains the basics of installing or replacing the print cartridges. It is for a 5940 which is the same printer design, yours may look a bit different but I copied this from HP at the section for your printer so follow the instructions and you should be okay.
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NOTE: The printer shown below is the HP Deskjet 5940 series printer. Your printer might look slightly different.
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