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My Hewlett Packard F4440 printer will not recognize that its

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my Hewlett Packard F4440 printer will not recognize that its old ink cartridges have been replaced with new ones
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today. My livelihood depends on your positive feedback, so your satisfaction is my highest priority.

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble.

Are you using genuine HP ink, or generic/refilled cartridges?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
using hp ink - expensive new hp ink
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
this printer worked fine just prior to having to purchase new ink and the problem seems to be that it simply doesn't recognize the cartridge change. I have tried disconnecting it from the computer, unplugging it and waiting, taking the cartridges out and in and out and back in many times.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
right now its on my windowsill waiting for a shove
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for confirming.

There are a few possible causes of this issue, including a bad cartridge, internal debris/contamination, or a hardware failure (bad printhead, bad logic board, faulty sensor, etc).

Bad printheads are a very common failure with this model.

What we can try are some cleaning and reset steps.

First remove all of the ink cartridges, then clean the metal electrical contacts on the back, as well as where they mate up inside the printer, using qtips and rubbing alcohol. Dry well, then reseat the cartridges.

Then reset the machine:
unplug power at the wall outlet
wait 5 minutes
press and hold the power/on button for 60+ seconds
keep holding while plugging back in, and for another 60 seconds after, then release

Let me know the results, and I'll advise further if needed.


Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Do you need more help with this?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thanks for trying. This didn't work
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for trying. Unfortunately that is as expected for a printer this age, and would indicate a bad printhead assembly.

This is a 2009 model printer that was designed for only a 3 year service life, so it has already greatly exceeded any value that could be reasonably expected of it.

It is not worth fixing at this point, as repairs would run you $150-200, while you could buy a brand new printer with a fresh warranty and updated features for about $75.

If looking for a replacement, I’d recommend any of the Epson workforce series printers. They tend to be very reliable, are easy to set up and use, have good print quality, and reasonably priced ink. Example: or

Note that these, like all consumer grade inkjet printers, are designed to be low cost and are essentially disposable after a few years, subsidized by the high cost of ink cartridges. If you wish to have a better quality and longer lasting printer, that comes with years worth of ink up front, consider the Epson ecotank models instead:

Alternately, for a more business/commercial grade product that will be rated for a 5 year life, consider a laser printer. Lasers cost more up front also, but a toner cartridge can last for thousands of pages. A black only all in one laser is around $125:

while a color model is about twice that:

Best regards, ***** ***** for the news,


Expert:  Nathan replied 11 months ago.

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