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Will not print black , HP PSC 1610 All-in-One

Will not print black ink in printer mode or copy mode. Color prints just fine. Tried a new black cartridge and same problem. Ink appears to be present at read head. Cleaned contacts, same problem. When running alignment diagnostic on printer it gets an alignment error. The alignment diagnostic sheet that prints shows color only and no black.

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  • lauraj316 May 16, 2009

    my black in cartridge makes big thick black lines across the paper instead of printing words. I have done everything replaced black ink, performed cartridge clean and still has same problem! Anyone help?

  • Raymond Ramirez
    Raymond Ramirez May 11, 2010

    have you did a black cleaning. In the printer settings screen?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    will not print red tones in copy mode



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Here was the solution. You MUST use HP brand black cartridge. Originally I purchased a #94 Office Max brand black cartridge. After it did not work I took it back and they gave me a second Office Max brand and that did not work either. So I took it back and they sold me an HP brand (I only needed to pay the difference in price so Office Max was good to work with). I installed the HP #94 black cartridge and everything now works.

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Is it a new genuine cart? If so, I have had this problem. Run multiple copies of black only text, Run 50 copies, will still spit out blank pages.Then head clean. If no black repeat. I did this for around 200-250 copies then Volia! black. Hope this helps

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Look on the right side of printer where the cartridges park. See if ink is globbed on the pad below the cartridge. If it is it will have to be cleaned. What happens after the cartridges go through the cleaning process it will print. Then the cartridges park on the waste ink pad and gets plugged up again.
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So for now, you can change the print settings to only print in black.

Change the print properties/ colour to grayscale.

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To print any at all with your printer you must have both ink carts with ink in them. Even if the black ink is low the printer will not print color.

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The light source has failed thus the original is not being illuminated.
The copier thinks you are copying a black piece of paper.

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Check your manual to see if it mentions a replacement routine; if not, and if it is no longer under warranty, you are maybe stuck with tossing it or taking to your friendly neighborhood techie who is trying to pay his rent.

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"The unit will perform mono (or black) copies using the color cartridge to create a composite black in Normal and Best modes. This is necessary to create the correct grayscale shades. NOTE: The HP PSC 500 all-in-one product cannot perform black copies. Scan the image in and print it out in greyscale.

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Don't forget to uncheck it when you get more black ink!

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