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Color ink leaking

My color ink cartridge seems to be leaking blue ink inside the printer and the screen on the printer says to take out the color cartridge. Is there a problem with the printer or just the ink? Please advise :)

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  • stuvickars Oct 25, 2008

    puddles of ink under both cartridges and soome turqoise sprayed around

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    Exact same thing, turquoise sprayed by the color cartridge and pools under both black and color. When I pay 30 bucks for an ink cartridge i expect the ink to be on the page not the bottom of the printer.



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Are you using a refilled ink catridge,
If yes then please use a geniune HP Ink catridge.
Even if you are not using a refilled or Non HP Cartridge try these steps:
Take out both the ink cartridges from the All-In-One and unplug the power cable from the printer aswell as the wall outlet.
With a lint free cloth and little drinking water soke the lint free cloth it only needs to be moistioned clean the ink cartidges and the internal area on the All-In-One with the cloth and wipe off the ink from the printer and make sure it is all clean and dry (if you need more cloth do it untill it is clean).
Then insert cartridges back to the All-In-One make sure you do not touch the metal contacts, close the access door and plug the power cable diretly to a wall outlet with out a surg protector and then plug it back to the All-In-One and check.

Good Luck

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