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My ink cartridge is half full but when it prints ink is very faint!

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I have an HP Envy 5055 All-in-One Printer. My ink cartridge is half full but when it prints the print is very faint. However, when I printed the align page it was very bright. What is going on?

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@dotelvis, Welcome to the HP Support Community! I’m here to help.


I understand the printouts are faded. To assist you better,

  • Which application are you trying to print from?
  • Have you tried printing different types of documents like PDF, Word, or Webpages and check if the issue persists?
  • Try making a standalone copy from the flatbed glass and check if that works. By this, we can conclude if this is a hardware or a driver issue.

Let us try these steps:


Check the ink levels and replace any low/empty ink cartridge.

Perform the steps mentioned in this document - Black or Color Ink Not Printing, Other Print Quality Issues

Clean the ink cartridges up to 2 times and print a quality report to check the result.


Hope this helps! Keep me posted. 


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