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My printer is not printing colors. it is just a dar.

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My printer is not...

My printer is not printing colors. it is just a dar

Technician's Assistant: How are you connecting to your printer: wirelessly or by USB?

Wireless/ I just change the color cartridge to see if that was it and it not

Technician's Assistant: When did you last update the printer driver software?

I havent

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Printers
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Technician: Nathan, Engineer replied 6 months ago
Nathan
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Hi, I'm Nathan.
Sorry to hear that you're having trouble, but I'll do my best to help you. Please give me a few moments to review your details here.

What is the brand/model of the printer?
Is everything coming out in black and white? Or are the parts that should be color blank/missing?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
hp envy 5540. the colors spots are just darker
Technician: Nathan, Engineer replied 6 months ago

Are they still the correct colors, just too dark overall? Or some spots are ok and some are darker?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No colors
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Never mind.
Technician: Nathan, Engineer replied 6 months ago

This is a hardware issue, it cannot be fixed remotely.

These symptoms point to either a defective/contaminated print head, or a faulty print head (or the logic board that controls it).

You can try going into the setup/maintenance menu on the machine and running the “clean print head” function repeatedly, up to 5 times total, testing after each.

If it still doesn’t print any better, you’ll need to do a manual cleaning as a next step.

I have to caution you up front though that the manual cleaning process is messy and time consuming. It also has a low chance of success, if you see no improvement at all from the automated cleaning. It is most likely a hardware failure (bad head) which the cleaning can’t fix, as printheads are a wear item and do fail with time/use.

Realistically, it’s probably time for a new printer. As this is a 2014 model printer, it is well past its 3 year service life, so this type of failure is not surprising. While it can be fixed, it is not worthwhile to do so. You would have to, at a minimum, replace the printhead, which costs about $85; if the logic board is bad you’re looking at $200-250. For $80-100 you can replace the entire machine with a brand new model, with current technology and a fresh warranty, which makes more sense than buying the new part for an older printer.

That said, it doesn’t hurt to try, if you wish. Let me know how the built in cleaning function works, and I’ll guide you through the manual steps next, or I can recommend replacement options if you prefer.

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

Nathan

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Technician: Nathan, Engineer replied 6 months ago

Hello, it appears your question is still open.

Do you need more help with this?

Please note: You have already paid your fees to the site; I'd like to help you and provide value for that fee, but I do need to communicate with you here to do so, if more help is needed.

Nathan

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