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I have a HP OfficeJet 6950 All-in-One Printer which I have had for just over 2 years. The last time I changed the ink cartridges, the printer stopped printing in colour.  

I went through all the troubleshooting steps with an advisor and nothing worked. 

They sent me a whole new set of ink cartridges out to try and it still will not print in colour. 


I have seen others post about this issue but nothing about how they finally managed to get it resolved. 


I don't know whether it is worth me paying to take it to be repaired or whether if this is a common issue, I should just get it replaced? 

I only do the occasional printing (most months no more than 10 pages a month) so it is not over-used and I am paying the subscription for instant ink

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Hi @Jess_9015,


Welcome to the HP Support Community


I understand you are facing a print quality issue with your HP  printer. Not to worry I will help you to get a resolution to resolve the issue.


To assist better:


  • Does the copy print out the same way? 
  • What's the application you are trying to print from? 
  • Have you tried printing from a different application or device? 


While you respond to that, let's print a Print Quality Diagnostic page -Post the Print Quality Diagnostic page here so we can help you further. 


You may also refer to this document with steps to fix the " Print Quality Issues" issue applicable to your printer -  Print Quality Issues


 Also, try updating the printer's firmware - HP Printers - Updating or Upgrading Printer Firmware 


If the issue still persists, I'm sending out a private message to assist you with the next course of action. 


Please check your Private message icon on the upper right corner of your HP Community profile Next, to your profile Name, you should see a little blue envelope, please click on it or simply click on this link.


Hope this helps! Keep me posted. 


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Print Quality Diagnostics page.jpgThis is my print quality diagnostics page. As can be seen, it is black and white. 


Everything I print, regardless of the application, whether it is from my phone, laptop or PC or whether it is supposed to be a colour copy, all prints in black and white. 

As mentioned in my original post, I have already been through all of these steps with an advisor. Firstly through the chat and then subsequently with someone via call. 


None of the troubleshooting worked and I was sent out new cartridges as a last resort. This did not resolve the issue of the printer not printing in colour. All avenues have been exhausted- hence my question to the community!


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