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hp envy 5660 won't print color after single cartridge mode

hp envy 5660
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I was using my hp envy 5660 in single cartridge mode using black cartridge.  Now got a new color cartridge and can't print color Option does not appear for color or grayscale.   No setting appears to change to color.  Laptop is HP Laptop 17-by0xxx  Have a  hp Officejet 5200 printer 5255 and it prints just fine.  Option comes up to chose greyscale or color. 

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hp envy 5660 won't print color after single cartridge mode

Hi @printerpat


Welcome to the HP Support Community. I'd be happy to assist you with the printing issue. 


To better assist you -


1) Does the color copy works? 

2) How's the printer connected - wired or wireless? 


While you respond to that, let's try these steps -


1) Take out the cartridges.

2) Unplug the power cord from the printer & wall.

3) Wait for 30 seconds. 

4) Plug the power cord back into the printer and wall, ensure the printer is plugged into the wall & not to a surge protector.

5) Insert the cartridges back into the printer.


Update the printer's firmware - HP Printers - Updating or Upgrading Printer Firmware


If you are able to make a color copy or print from the other devices, try these steps - 


Download and install HP Print and Scan Doctor, it is a Windows tool to fix printer issues. 


If the issue still persists, try re-installing the printer driver -


1. In the search box, type and open "Uninstall a Program".

2. Look for HP Printer software.

3. Right-click to uninstall.

4. In the search box, type and open “Devices and printers”.

5. In the Devices and Printers, look for your HP printer. If you see it listed right-click on it and choose “Delete” or “Remove Device”.

6. Open the run command with the "Windows key + R" key combo. 

7. Type printui.exe /s and click Ok. (Note: there is a space in between “printui.exe” and “/s”).

8. Click on the "Drivers" tab.

9. Look for HP Printer driver. If you see it Click on it and click “Remove” at the bottom.

10. Select Ok.

11. Select Apply and Ok on the Print Server Properties windows.

12. Close Devices and Printers Once the software and drivers are removed.

13. Restart the computer.


Try adding the printer using the IP address -


1. Select “Start” and type “printers” in the search box.
2. Choose “Printers & scanners“.
3. Select “Add a printer or scanner“.
4. Wait for the “The printer that I want isn’t listed” option to appear, then select it.
5. Select “Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname” , then select “Next“.
6. Select “TCP/IP Device” in the “Device type” list.
7. Type the hostname or the IP address of the printer. Select “Next“. To find the IP address of the printer, touch the Wi-Fi icon on the printer's control panel. 
8. Windows should find the printer if the printer is on and configured correctly. You may have to specify more information. If prompted, Select the type of network adapter installed in the printer in the “Device Type” drop-down list. You can also click “Custom” to specify custom settings for the network printer. Select “Next“.   


Hope this helps! Keep me posted. 


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