20 Most Recent HP Officejet 5510 All-In-One Thermal Printer Questions & Answers


There are several different ways I've come across which will resolve ink cartridge errors on the HP Officejet 5510.

HP's standard, pat answer to the problem is "Buy brand new genuine HP ink cartridges." If you refill your own ink cartridge or have it done at Walmart or somewhere else, you will eventually run into this problem. Why? Because the 5510 stores information on as many as 2 of the black ink & 2 of the color ink cartridges you have used in the machine - complete with an "expiration" date for each of those cartridges. You can refill them, but unless you clear the stored memory in the printer you probably won't be able to get around the errors. Even if you do, they usually come back in a short period of time. I know this because I own a 5510 & a 5110 and have battled this problem myself for a couple of years.

Short of buying "genuine new HP ink cartridges", using your printer for target practice, or testing it's aerodynamic design... lofting it not-so-gently from a 2nd-story (or higher) window... aiming for the nearest dumpster ;) you might try:
  • http://www.misterinkjet.com/hpreset.htm Scroll down and you will find links to pages for the #56 & #57 cartridge serial number reset procedure.
  • If the above doesn't resolve your problem, try removing both cartridges, then - with the printer still turned "ON", unplug the power supply cord from the back of the machine. After one minute has passed, press down and hold both the "#" button and the "6" button on the keypad and while pressing those buttons, reach back and plug the power cord back into the machine. The LED readout will indicate "Initializing" and "Reset..." Then, release the "#" and "6" buttons and wait until the machine re-initializes and prompts you to install ink cartridges. Reinstall the cartridges and see if the problem is resolved. The reset procedure, as well as other troubleshooting procedures (paper jams, ink cartridge jams, etc.) can be found here, on the HP support pages.
  • Another way of working around the cartridge error problem is to keep at least 3 sets of cartridges on hand, using the newest sets for re-filling. You may have to switch out 2 or 3 times just to get the machine's memory maxed out, but the third set should work. This particular method works best with OEM HP cartridges, but I've heard it works with other brands, too.
For more adventurous-techie-types, who can't resist tearing into the machine in an effort to resolve the cartridge error permanently, I found the following information posted on a DIY (Do It Yourself) repair forum:

The 5510 has a pair of 1.5v batteries which function much like the CMOS battery on the motherboard of your computer - they supply power to the memory chips which store the serial numbers and expiration dates of the last 2 sets of ink cartridges which were used. The batteries are sealed together at the top and bottom and are attached to a circut board inside the printer on the left-hand side. At a glance, they look a lot like a capacitor or something like that attached to the board. If you look closely, you will see the "+" and "-" markings.

Breaking the connection (located at the top) between these two batteries will clear the ink cartridge serial number info from the printer's memory - but be advised this will probably also clear other short-term memory items also - such as last number redial, etc.

The clever individual who posted this info actually attached wires - one to the top of each of the 1.5v batteries - and ran the wires out through the opening above the paper trays. The wire-ends are connected together - I imagine they would need to be held out of the way of the paper path with a piece of tape.
(M-I-C-K-E-Y...M-O-U-S-E) He, he
When it's time for a cartridge change/refill, the wires are disconnected to clear the memory, then reconnected again after the full cartridges have been installed.

I've read posts from people with different models of printers have mentioned installing a switch to clear the memory - a preferable solution than to have wires running out from the inside of your printer.
This is a widespread issue and regardless of how you resolve the error messages, one must always remember that when you bypass something that is built-into the design of an electronic device, you run the risk of damaging components. In this case, the biggest problem would be running too low or completely out of ink and burning out the print head on the ink cartridge; then you would end up having to replace the cartridge anyway.

Personally, I'm basically fed up with the way HP has been forcing people who buy their printers and All-In-Ones to pay outrageous prices for replacement cartridges, by building machines which generate error messages and reject refilled and non-OEM cartridges. Their drivers and software programs often have compatibility problems even with other HP products which are installed on the same computer with an HP printer. Too many problems for me - I won't be buying any more HP printers and I hear Dell is not much better.
While I haven't tried to jump out the memory on my 5510 yet, that will be my last and final effort before giving it the aerodynamics test... into the nearest dumpster!

HP Officejet... • Answered on Mar 02, 2021


  • Put a tiny drop of isopropyl alcohol, or bio ethanol on the opening of the printhead (remove cartridge, you will see the opening below the cartridge)
  • Put cartridge back
  • Clean print heads
  • It WILL work again!

HP Officejet... • Answered on Jan 30, 2018


To change the information contained in the fax header:

Press <Setup>, <3> then <2>
Enter or change info
Press <OK>

I hope this helps. If it does, please vote.

HP Officejet... • Answered on Aug 02, 2017


Hi there

check where your phone cale goes into the machine you will proberbly find two sockets one marked phone and one marked line the phone line needs to go into the one marked line and a phone handset in the one marked phone if this is correct try ringing yor line that the fax is plugged into see if you get a ring or engaged tone if you are getting engaged unplug the fax and try again if this now works the chance is that the modem board in your fax has failed and will require replaceing

Regards AL "alstech"

HP Officejet... • Answered on Mar 15, 2016


Hello,It sounds like you have a piece of paper stuck in it somewhere. Take the back cover off and look in the rollers. If you unplugged and then still didn't work. Then you have a sensor that went bad. Will have to be replaced or taken to be repaired.

HP Officejet... • Answered on Oct 01, 2015


in xp the default file save location is my document/my scanin win7 it is user/my picture

HP Officejet... • Answered on Oct 16, 2013


It might be jammed.

HP Officejet... • Answered on Oct 12, 2013


because it might be jammed.

HP Officejet... • Answered on Oct 12, 2013


Do you print regularly? When was the last time you changed the cartridge? If you've changed it recently it's likely that your printer head is dirty. Clean (hot water and paper towels in a discardable container.... allow to sit for a good while, wipe gently replace in printer) or just completely replace the head.

HP Officejet... • Answered on Aug 08, 2013

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