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I have the photo printer for 4 years, just installed it with original ink cartridges, the printer prints regular text just fine, but in trying to print photos, the photos come out very red with no definition of color. HELP

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HP Print Diagnostic Utility was created to help users troubleshoot and correct many common problems on Windows-based computers that can prevent printing.Follow the on-screen instructions to run the utility. Details and specifications File name: I have the photo printer for 4 years, just - s.gif HPPDU.exe [1/1, 1.54M] System requirements: No I have the photo printer for 4 years, just - s.gifional prerequisites Released: I have the photo printer for 4 years, just - s.gif-08-13 Version: s.gif 3.0.0.013 Compatibility: s.gif Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (32-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (32-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit), MicroI have the photo printer for 4 years, just - s.gifWindows Vista Business (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit), Microsoft Windows XP Fix/Enhancement: s.gif This version of the HP Print Diagnostic Utility provides an improved user interface in multiple languages, improved diagnostic and problem resolution capability, and support for usb and network connected devices.

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Replacing the print cartridgesgtabtop.gif
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