I changed cartridges from those that came with the priner HP 28 (color) and HP 27 (black).
The 27 and 28 replacements were not available, so I bought the HP 57 (color) and HP 56 (black), which, according to the card that came with the computer are supposed to work.
The black seems to work just fine, but the color does not. Red prints as a magenta, green as blue, and yellow hi-lights are not picked up at all.
I have cleaned the cartridge heads with alcohol and all three colors appear, but print quality remains unchanged.
It seems to me that either the HP 56 is not compatable with the PSC 1315, or that I have a defective ink cartridge.
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Make sure you've got either 56 or 27 black and 57 or 28 colour cartridges. See here:
You "pop" them down then withdraw the old ones. Put the new ones in angled slightly upwards then click them up into place. The raised plastic on top of the cartridges will prevent installation into the wrong ports. If you're trying to put in a 58 photo cartridge it goes into the black port.
In some printers it is not possible to print without both catridges working. However, yours may not be one of them.
When you print, make sure you go into 'Print Properties' and scour the options until you find one that lets you select 'Black and White' only. Grayscale ususally uses the color cartridge, at which point, the printer will notify you that you need to change the cartridge.
If switching to pure black and white printing is not working for you, then yes, you do need a new cartridge.