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My printer was not printing, I cleaned the print head, but

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my printer was not printing, I cleaned the print head, but the print quality was very poor. I ordered a new HP print head and install it using a new black cartage. After a "successful" alignment It printed a very poor quality half the page good quality and the rest faded. It has since been printing only blank pages.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

What ink cartridges have you been using, please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Genuine HP ink.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

How old is the printer in question?

Have you tried an Alignment operation on it? and if so, was it successful?

If you need instructions, let me know, please.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The printer is about 4 years old.
Yes i tried aligning and it failed
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

Then I'm sorry to say, it may be the end of the line for the printer. It does have all the symptoms of a severe problem with the inking system... except for perhaps one spot of hope:

1. what program are you printing from?

2. what does the poor quality printing look like, please? a brief description, or perhaps a scanned image of a typical printed page, would do.