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My 5210 printer has been stood for a while I have fitted new ink cartridges and it won't print at all.

If unit has a separate print head, the latter may have ink dried out in it and be clogged. Needs to be cleaned or flushed.

My printer only prints magenta\

A color or photo cartridge is either low, clogged or has run out of one of the basic colors it mixes together to create the colors in your images. The printer cannot print correctly if it lacks one of the basic colors, even if it still contains some of the other colors. The cartridge may also be clogged. The cartridge must be replaced

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You can try to clean the printer head manually. To clean the printer head, remove the ink cartridge from the printer. Moisten a cotton swab by dipping it in hot water or isopropyl alcohol, and then gently wipe the printer head. Do this repeatedly until it softens the dried ink.

For models where the printer head is located in the printer, you can put 7 to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol in the ink receptacle where the ink flows from the cartridge to the head. Turn the printer to self-cleaning mode. You can also leave it for a few hours or overnight before repeating the self-cleaning mode.

If the print head is located in the cartridge, soak the print head in hot water and let it soak overnight. Dry the print head part using a paper towel and switch it to self-cleaning mode.

If the hot water soak does not work, place the cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and let it soak overnight. Wipe off the soaked area and dry it carefully using a damp paper towel. Turn the printer to self-cleaning mode to remove any dried ink.

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How do you clean the head must have a dry paper or cloth then open the printer and find the head were the ink were it comes..just polish the dry paper to the head..that's all

My 6M ink will not print. I have tried cleaning and deep cleaning but nothing. I am concerned the ink may have dried in the head as I was out for a while and did not get it replaced.

I do not recommend deep cleaning, it wastes a lot of ink. If you don't see improvement after each cleaning, the printhead is most likely clogged. You can attempt to wash it out, running the nozzles under warm water, and allowing it to dry for a day. Don't use air or any chemicals, and don't touch the contacts or nozzles.
Sometimes it will recover, it is more likely it won't. A new printhead might be in order.

How to clean the heads

The Epson software that came with the printer should have a utility to clean the print head and then print a test page.

Blocked print heads

sounds like ink has dried up in the ink ducts in the printer head (due to lack of use)

you can try performing a head cleaning (which should be accessible via the maintainance menus)

if this fails you can try (gently) wiping the print head with a damp tissue to try moisten the dried ink, then try head cleaning again

Color problem

Try this;

Canon will hate me for this.

1. Remove ink cartridges.
2. Remove print head.
3. Go to sink or tub (stainless steel, not plastic type), pick up a roll of paper towel on the way.
4. Fold several layers of paper towel and place on flat surface.
5. Run hot water until HOT!
6. Turn hot water back to a dribble.
7. Run the dribbling hot water through print head being careful not to wet the gold contacts.
8.When water running through print head is clear, place print head on paper towel.
9. Repeat number 7 and 8 until no colour shows on paper towel.
10. Gently DAB print head (DO NOT WIPE) inside and out with dry paper towel until dry.
11. I normally replace print head after drying, but you may wish to let it air-dry overnight.
12. Replace print head in printer and install cartridges
13. Start printing.

I do this to all 4 of my Canon printers every 6 months or so.

If any colour fails to print after this process it means your print head probably needs replacing.

HP Laserjet F380 dried up?

Once the heads dry up on these printers, the cartridges are done for. The in built heads cant recover by force feed cleaning. Just replacing the cartridge will usually fix the problem. If not, I would personally just upgrade to a new printer.

You said Laserjet F380, but no such beast exists, its a Deskjet.
If you want a color laser, you can find them easily under $300, HP Color Laserjets like the 2600n are more reliable than the cheap ones and cost less to operate in the long haul.
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