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HP Photosmart C3180 color printing problems

Hello - I've tried to print color photos & the color keeps coming out in mostly pinks and kind of smeared. Is this an ink issue or the printer itself?

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  • Anonymous Jun 02, 2008

    photos come out with the ink all bubbled up on top of glossy paper and smudged - can't even make out photo??

  • Anonymous Jun 04, 2008

    I put in a new tri-color ink cartridge. The photos came out mostly blue and green, no reds or yellows. 

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This can sometimes be a printer problem or bad quality ink. However I have known this to happen with corrupt printer drivers. Try uninstalling the printer via ControlPanel>AddRemove Programs and then re-installing it.

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