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Printer running too slow

My Hp Deskjet 1220c is taking hours to print even black and white documents. The print quality is good and it has new cartridges. A while back it seized when i tried to print 100 pages and inspite of re-installing soft ware it hasnt performed to speed since. I have tried trouble shounting but no luck . it is hard wired to a USB port on my Toshiba A30 laptop and I should have enough spare memory to perform the printing

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  • nerd4rent Nov 26, 2007

    Same printer, Parallel interface to desktop. One day its fast, next day and every day since it has been painfully slow but prints correctly.

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2008

    Just took 34 minutes to print a test page, after changing both cartridges. Yellow light flashes continually.

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2008

    my printer prints very slowly, the printer heads sweeping the page about 2 - 3 times a minute. whilst it is printing the green light flashes continuously as though the printer is still accepting data into its memory. will try cleaning white band as suggested, if this fails any other ideas?

  • melodeon Apr 11, 2008

    Same as 'guest' -"my printer prints very slowly, the printer heads sweeping the page
    about 2 - 3 times a minute. whilst it is printing the green light
    flashes continuously as though the printer is still accepting data into
    its memory. My white band isn't dirty and it's been slow since new.

    Bought in a package with a G4 mac in 2002 my dealer suggested it might be a sofware problem.

    A friend of mine thinks they're wonderful but still uses '90's software and operating systems.

    I once tried the HP website and gave up after too long. Driver update?


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This worked for me, open the lid of the printer, there is a "white band" attached to the 2 printer cartridges, this was "smudgy" with ink, got kitchen paper and cleaned it and used q tips (I normally clean my ears with them) and got rid of the sludge and dust located on the floor underneath the printer cartridges. After that printer is working fine, hope this helps!

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