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Printers are not printing

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#1 blub


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:01 PM

I have three HP Inkjet printers that were purchased between 2002 to about 2008. Two are All-In-One Printers/Scanner/Copiers and one is a regular printer. The problem is that almost everytime I go to print something, nothing prints. The "toolbox" indicates there is plenty of ink, but I suspect that the ink may keep drying up. Here's what happened with the last printer I got:

I acquired the last HP printer in used condition, from a relative in late 2011. It would not print so I attempted to clean the printer which did not help. I replaced the black cartridge and everything worked fine. I printed several documents between January 2012 to April 2012. From April to June I probably printed two or three things, maybe. I just recently attempted to print something and nothing is printing. The toolbox indicates there is plenty of ink. I attempted to clean everything again, but that didn't help. I have not attempted to replace the cartridge.

Over the last several years I have had the same problem with the three HP printers. I'm wondering if something needs to be printed every month to prevent the ink from drying up? I can't believe the ink would dry in just a few months, but I can't figure why these printers keep having problems. Considering how expensive the cartridges are, I don't want to have to keep buying new cartridges, this is ridiculous.

Any thoughts on what might be going on with these printers?

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:27 PM


Is it printing normally but nothing is showing on the page

the computer isn't printing the page

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#3 blub

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

Everything prints normally, it's just that nothing shows up on the paper. Sometimes when I first try to use one of the printers, it may print the document but it comes out faint and sort of streaked. If I replace the cartridge(s), the printers will print just fine.

It's really annoying because you would think that the ink cartridges wouldn't dry up within several months of no use. Those old Dot matrix printers from the '80s and early '90s that used ribbon cartridges lasted longer in between uses. That's pathetic.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:41 PM

Yours sound like a classic case of too little usage.

You could try soaking the print heads of the cartridges in a cleaning solution. Isoproply Alcohol or water maybe. Depends on the ink. Do not get the liquid as high as the contacts.

How to Clean Clogged Inkjet Print Heads

A clogged inkjet print head can be a frustrating and expensive experience. The print head becomes clogged with dried ink, stopping the flow of ink onto the page. The problem usually arises when the printer is not used regularly. To clean a clogged inkjet print head, follow these steps.

What is happening is that the cartridges in most HP inkjets also include the print head. I believe your printheads are clogging due to non use for a period of time. This would happen with any type of Inkjet I believe.

In Your case since you print infrequently I would suggest not buying Inkjet printers and buying Laser printers instead. They have no ink to dry out. Instead they Fuse the toner to the paper. This does mean that you can not use things that heat would damage or melt. For example You would need to buy transparency stock made for Laser use.

Good Luck

Edited by rotor123, 07 December 2012 - 01:45 PM.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

I have had new ink cartridges that didn't work because they had been sitting for too long. They dried out while sitting in the original packaging with no use at all. It only takes a few months for a cartridge to dry out.

Edited by lti, 12 December 2012 - 03:42 PM.

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