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Is the print quality poor on left side for all colors? You may have one bad cartridge. Create a paint document with Yellow, Magenta and Cyan squares on the left side and see if one color prints better than the others. You can also gently shake the cartridges to redistribute toner.
I m not sure what the specification of the paper type you are using however if you are using card stock than you should use manual feed Tray and in the printer driver properties you should select paper type as Card-Stock to make sure there is no print quality issue.
When installing new cartridges, it's always a great idea to perform a cleaning and recalibration of the machine. Below are the steps needed to do just such a task. You may want to print these out or save them somewhere for future reference as well. They are directly from the HP website.
Please rate the tip accordingly and thanks for using Fixya.com. Cleaning the printer
Verify the printer is turned on and in the Ready state.
Open the HP Color LaserJet 2500 Toolbox. Click Cleaning Page on the Troubleshooting tab, and the click Print (HP Color LaserJet 1500 or 2500) or Cleaning Page (HP Color LaserJet 2550). A page with a pattern prints from the printer.
Remove any paper that may be in tray 1.
Remove the page that printed and load it face down into tray 1.
At the computer, press Clean .
Calibrating the printer
There are two methods of calibrating the printer manual: at the printer or from the Toolbox on the computer.
From the printer
Turn the printer off and then on again.
From the HP Color LaserJet 1500 or 2500 Toolbox on the computer
Open the HP Color LaserJet 1500 or 2500 Toolbox in one of the following ways:
Double-click the HP Color LaserJet 1500 or 2500 Toolbox icon on the computer desktop.
Select Start , Programs , HP Color LaserJet 2500 , and then HP Color LaserJet 1500 or 2500 Toolbox to open the Toolbox from the Windows desktop.
Click Diagnostic Tools on the left side of the screen on the Troubleshooting tab.
Click Color Calibration to perform the calibration procedure.
From the HP Color LaserJet 2550 Toolbox on the computer
Open the HP Color LaserJet 2550 Toolbox in one of the following ways:
Double-click the HP Color LaserJet 2550 Toolbox icon on the computer desktop.
Select Start , Programs , Hewlett-PackardHP Color LaserJet 2550 series , and then HP LaserJet Toolbox to open the Toolbox from the Windows desktop.
Click Print Quality Tools on the left side of the screen on the Troubleshooting tab.
Click the Calibrate Now button to perform the calibration procedure.
Have you checked that you are sending the print job using the correct paper tray on the printer?
Check the properties of the printer to ensure you are. Check also that the printer is OK by running a test print from the printer and not through the PC.
If I remember it's hold the green button for around 7-10 seconds, whilst powering on.