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HP PSC 1610 All-in-one with message to check the Color print cartridge

I had this 1 and half year old HP PSC 1610 printer and it was working perfectly alright until yesterday. When I turned it on and it keep showing up a message to urge me to check the Color Print Cartridge. I seldom use color print (only use occasionally). So far I had only changed the B&W cartridge once. I look up the online help (and also the user manual) to follow what it suggested to do. I.e. take it out and check the copper-colored contacts, ink nozzles to see if there are clogged-up ink or debris etc. Apparently I don't see any and I also look closely the copper-colored contacts on the printer compartment side and I don't notice anything visually. Nonetheless, I tried to clean it according to the ONLINE HELP. But of NO use at all. I'm not sure if I should invest in buying a new Color ink cartridge and try installing it to see if it work. By the way the old Color cartridge is still quite full and with an expiry date of 2008 Feb.


I don't know if it is worth spending money (to get the new Color cartridge) on something that I'm not sure it is the real cause.


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, any help will be much appreciated.

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  • cle1jes Nov 09, 2007

    When I installed a new cartridge, the message "Used color cartridge installed, remove ann check cartridge" same message for the other cartridge. These are not "used" cartridges. The black one is the one I had been using.

  • cflynn Nov 20, 2007

    Same problem and cleaning and replacing the cartridges didn't help at all.

  • teecuz Nov 30, 2007

    I install a HP PSC 1610 All-in-one. It will not print at all. I receives the data from the computer but it still does not print. This is what it says; no connection turn on or connect computer. Install/run device software.

  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2007

    Same problem, except that it happens on two new cartridges

  • What do I do Dec 16, 2007

    My printer was working perfectly and then the message, "Remove and check color cartridges," popped up and checking it, cleaning it . . . has not helped.   I don't believe that the color cartridge is empty and people with the same problem have said that replacing the cartridge does not help.  What should I do?



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Theres a pretty sure bet when the fuel light comes on in your car, fuel will fix it,


its a bit like that these cartridges fixs most things expesally if you have never changed it in a year and a half,


Exp date is shelf life,


End life of cart. is out of ink or error,


Machine uses colour ink when cleaning regardless if you use it or not that just uses more


With all that being said I've also had these with cartridge housing problems causing the fault vay rarely


And then if you look at prices of new inkjets with a years warranty and new inks against the just the price of both your inks then I think you may Buy another.!


If you get 3 years out of a inkjet your doin extremly well, machines dont last and arnt meant too!


If you rarely do colour I would tell you to look at a B/W Laser printer instead, inkjets are expensive to run, cheap to buy fail a lot


Laser machines run so so so much cheaper like 2cent compared to 20c a sheet, they are reliable, if you really need a colour print go to print shop and receive reletavely cheap quality colour prints or use a friends and let them have the problem of supporting an inkjet.


Laser toner based machines are now as cheap as inkjets but better except they dont do colour.

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