Solved HP 1055 won't print black

July 26, 2013 at 22:57:02
Specs: Windows XP
This printer was working fine but now I can't get it to print any Word doc. I assume it is the black only as I can can get a very poor color printout if I scan something with color
I've done the clean heads and align thing with no positive result
Somewhere I read to soak the cartridge in water but I'm not too sure of the advice.

Do I have to buy a new cartridge or is it something else?
and
What are your thoughts on refill kits?


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July 28, 2013 at 02:35:29
Glad you fixed it.
Thanks for the follow-up and tip (or should that be Q-tip? - lol).


#1
July 27, 2013 at 01:40:39
DONT soak it in water, if your printouts are faint and you have cleaned the heads you need a new cartridge. Refilling is OK but be sure to save the small circuit board on the back of the old cartridge. Quite candidly using generic ink or cartridges is usually more trouble than its worth!

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#2
July 27, 2013 at 13:56:52
"Somewhere I read to soak the cartridge in water but I'm not too sure of the advice"

Whoever told you that gave you bad advice.

If you suspect a blockage in the ink delivery system which can't be cleared with the printer software's nozzle-cleaning utility, you remove the printhead and soak that in warm, soapy water (with all the cartridges removed). Then rinse it and leave it to dry naturally before re-fitting it. Never soak the cartridges!

Blockages which can't be cleared with the printer software's nozzle-cleaning utility is usually a symptom of the printer not being used frequently enough, thereby allowing the residual ink within the printhead to dry out and turn into a semi-solid state.

Some brands of printer are worse than others in that respect in my experience. Epson printers are particularly prone to it, whereas Canon printers are much less prone to it. Two different ink formulas probably accounts for that.


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#3
July 27, 2013 at 19:22:06
Where would I find instructions for removing the printhead?
My book is buried deep in storage

Have had a lot of help on this forum and I thank and appreciate all


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#4
July 27, 2013 at 22:22:22
I solved it.
I removed the cartridge and looked at it. I noticed that the brass contacts were covered in black. I took a Qtip with warm warter and cleaned it.
Solved the problem
Prints as it should now.
Hope this might help someone else

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#5
July 28, 2013 at 02:35:29
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Glad you fixed it.
Thanks for the follow-up and tip (or should that be Q-tip? - lol).

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