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11-16-2011 12:27 PM
I have found a solution! My printer is networked and using its IP address in Chrome allowed me to access the printer menu's and, having run a calibration, the print output is now correct with no misalignment.
This does need to be added to the printer FAQ's for networked printers.
12-07-2011 01:09 PM
I have tried everything that I have seen here - updating firmware, calibrating multiple times, changing the magenta cartridge, restarting, unplugging, going back to factory default - NOTHING has worked. I continue to have alignment issues and it is very frustrating. Initially I thought it was the previous magenta cartridge so when I changed it, the first few prints were good then the alignment issue came right back. I am now having to use the printer as a black and white because trying to print in colour, especially if there is blue print which I tend to have a lot of due to the nature of what I print, is not possible with this alignment issue.
Is there no one from HP who can shed a light on this? Clearly from what I have seen here, the proposed solutions don't work for everyone for whatever reason.
Somebody please....throw me a bone here!!
04-24-2012 07:09 AM
I ran into the same problem. Printer was working just fine and then all of a sudden it seemed as if it lost all capability of aligning the color cartridges. Went throught the whole gamut of solutions - upgraded firmware, removed and reset cartridges, blew printer out with compressed air, cleaned all electrical contacts with alcohol, recalibrated more times than I could count, changed paper, reset printer to factory defaults, etc. Nothing worked until I finally got to the last stage of replacing the toner cartridges (after all, what did I have to lose?). It just so happened that the yellow toner cartridge was lowest, so I went ahead and decided to replace it first and - viola! The normal initialization and recalibration went through just fine and everything realigned perfectly.
So, either the yellow cartridge malfunctioned in some way and somehow screwed up color calibration for all other cartridges, or the printer did something during a standard initialization sequence after a cartridge was replaced that was not done during all of the other color calibration or factory reset occurrances - I don't know. In this instance, replacing the cartridge with the lowest toner level fixed the problem.
05-08-2012 11:43 AM
I may have to try that.
I did try resetting to factory default which worked for a short while but now it is back to being misaligned and resetting to factory defaults no longer works. Calibrating doesn't work.
As it happens, my yellow toner cartridge is low but is not saying it needs replacement. I'll try it and see what happens.
It is frustrating though to have this as a continual problem. Clearly it's a sensor problem of one form or another. It would be nice if HP could issue some kind of fix.
Thanks for the comment.
06-11-2012 03:33 PM
I had the same exact problem with only the magenta cartridge. Left side was aligned correctly; right side wasn't. After doing everything suggested in this forum - confirming the latest firmware, an NVRAM initialization, calibrating, etc, I could not get it aligned. I'm using OEM cartridges.
The problem started when I was getting the 'Order magenta cartridge' message. I installed a new magenta cartridge and the problem persisted. Both my cyan and yellow cartridges were at 8%, which, remarkably, does not set off the 'order cartridge' or 'replace cartridge' message. In fact, the toolbox indicated I still had 150+ pages to print with these cartridges.
Once I swapped out the cyan and yellow cartridges and calibrated once again, the problem was solved. I have to say that, given the cost of the cartridges, I'm a little annoyed that I'm not getting the full value of them.
Now, HP. Fix the driver for this printer and the toolbox so they run on Windows 7.
03-28-2013 06:07 AM
Same issue on my CP1514n. All colours seem to be repeating slightly out of aligment (ghosting) behind each other. So four blocks of colour would have a different colour behind each and slightly up to the right hand top corner.
Many calibrations, changing toners and updating the firmware did not help UNTIL I restarted the laptop... and.. bingo! Issue solved after one more calibration.
Cannot understand why but for everyone's info I'm using Windows XP and PCL5 drivers.
The HP self- help certainly needs updating.
I had spent more than a day trying to solve the issue so I hope this helps someone!
09-09-2013 07:03 PM
I too have a cp1518ni that won't align. Very frustrating!
Like others, firmware upgrade, reset to defaults, pull the power cort, multiple calibration attempts (from printer buttons, toolbox, and printer's web address) all to no avail.
Some somewhat unusual history:
-- I was really annoyed that the original toner cartridges ran out so fast, or seemed to. Found that if I enable "override supplies" I could keep printing, and did so for probably a year without difficulty, still using the original startup cartridges. The alignment failures began after 2 years or so (I bought the printer in april 2010). I finally got around to trying to fix things now (I don't use the printer much). I got a kit to refill the toner cartridges, including replacing the counter chips (kit was $35 instead of $180 for a new set of cartridges from HP). That part went fine, but it did not correct the alignment problem. I was thinking that maybe the calibration would not work if toner was low, or machine was in "override" mode. Neither of those made a difference.
I finally gave up and called HP today. They offered me a remanufactured Laserjet Pro 200 M251 for $159 which I chose to take. They would not even offer to repair the cp1518ni.
Really wish I knew what is preventing the calibration from working. Is there a physical hardware issue? I'm imagining there is a screw drive somewhere that moves the cartridge into a properly aligned position, but that screw is stuck. Or there is a sensor that has failed. The L's on the right side of the diagnostics page are reasonably aligned. They are a mess on the left, and the magenta bar at the bottom of the page slopes downward from right to left. the other bars seem reasonably aligned. Can't find any help with what all the codes on the diagnostics page mean. A bunchy of them are ******. Don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
I hate giving up on things, but I've spent too much time on the cp1518ni. Hope the new printer is more solidly built
09-12-2013 06:31 PM
Update: the new printer arrived and is working fine.
Found some more info about the cp1518ni. If you go to its website (open its ip address in a browser) you can see various error codes in the event log. 54.1400 shows up a lot, and this means color plane registration error. FOund this post where someone replaced the color misregistration sensor assembly in a cp2025dn and that fixed his problem. http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Printers-LaserJet/CP2
Probably the same issue. googling "color misregistration sensor assembly" returns lots of hits for replacement parts, but haven't found one specific to cp1518ni yet.