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Press enter to align cartridge

I have the hp psc 950 printer. I just changed cartridges and get "press enter to align cartridge" message. No matter how many times I press enter,and the printer aligns the cartridge, I get the same message over and over again even after opening and reinserting the cartridges, unpluging the unit, and cleaning the cartridges. The printer will not do anything but give the same message. HELP

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  • Judy 46 May 02, 2008

    I have had this printer for several years and changing cartridges has been a breeze, but now after replacing new cartridge it ask to realign but only prints a blank paper. Now it says I have a paper mismatch--I have used the same paper for years.....

    I can print from Word but printer will not copy and print or print the alignment page.

  • fsimonds Jun 09, 2008

    after installing new ink cartridges and pressing enter to run the alignment test...i continually get the same prompt to retry the alignment..I can print great from my computer,but cannot get my photo copy feature to work due to the supposeidly alignment problem,,thank you

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2009

    I always have the same problem

  • fknFRUSTRATD Apr 02, 2009

    Yeah... I know I have the same problem.... everytime I put in a new cartridge (color or black ink). It is so FRUSTRATING!!! Especially when need to print out reports, homework, etc. ANNOYING!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    my hp 950 keeps saying align printer. I do that and it comes back with the same thing again and again.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    I have pressed enter to align the cartidges and it prints fine but the meassgae remains in the screen


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Please try this http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bpu00657&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=60259&dlc=en&lang=en You may also be able to bypass this messgage by following the instructions on this link. Further, please check if the cartridges you are replacing are the correct ones.

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Cartridges won't align

The HP printer can perform an print cartridge cleaning procedure even after the alignment message has displayed. Follow these steps to perform an print cartridge cleaning procedure at the front panel:
1.On the front panel, press the Menu or Setup button (depending on the model).
1.Press the right arrow button (>) until Maintenance or Tools is displayed, and then press the OK or Enter button (depending on the model).
1.The Clean Print Cartridges message should display on the front panel. Press Enter or OK to begin the cartridge cleaning process.
A page will be printed during the cleaning process with all of the colors on it. If any of the colors (including black) are missing, faded, or streaked on the alignment page, there is a ink cartridge problem.
If you go to HP website you can find more detailed information about alignment. Here is the link.

Print function


The printer prints alignment page; after enter button.
Place the printed page in scanned glass properly.
Press the scan button and wait untill the ON light stops blinking.
Now alignment is completed.


I can't get rid of the "align cartridge" message.

just complete the process after align test page just place the paper on glass and scan it .it will complete the preocess.

Psc 950xi printer hp

You may be doing everything right except the very last thing.

After replacing the cartridges, your product display will ask to do a cartridge alignment. Press ENTER on the control panel to align the print cartridges.

You must allow your printer to finish this procedure.

Message on my printer says (press entre to align

You need to blot the cartridges on a paper towel and make sure all the colors are showing, It won't complete the alignment until it can see all the colors on the alignment sheet. Sometimes you need to blot on a damp paper towel to get them flowing.

My hp psc2175 is keep asking "press enter to align cartridges", even though I did many times and it printed many time. I don't know what to do with it.

Read the manual. Or check online. Often when it wants you to align the cartridges, it then wants to scan the page that just printed.

Message sez

Check this out. See if it helps...http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=buu00657&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=422000

HP Officejet printer troubleshooter

Both ink cartridges must be replaced at the same time for a successful alignment.

Hp psc 950 printer

to by pass alignment, press enter and set up on your printer.

I had same problem.

Press enter to align cartridges

I topped off the ink and pressed enter and set up at the same time...I didn't have to do the page alignment again and my copies seemed pretty good. Thank you to the site for the tips!!! Happy Day connien2003
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