I have performed the clean and align print heads procedure multiple times but the print quality does not improve. The print quality is horrible I have nothing but troubleshoot since I bought this printer.
Dry foam-rubber swabs, lint-free cloth, or any soft material that does not come apart or leave fibers (coffee filters work well)
Distilled, filtered, or bottled water (tap water might contain contaminants that can damage the ink cartridges)
Do not use platen cleaners or alcohol to clean the ink cartridge contacts. These can damage the ink cartridge or the printer.
Turn on the printer.
Open the ink cartridge access door by placing two fingers under one or both of the small handles on the sides of the ink cartridge access door and then lifting it up. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before you continue.
The Door Open screen displays on the printer control panel with the message, 'The cover or door must be closed to print. Check that it is completely closed.' A Change Ink option also displays on the bottom right corner of the touchscreen. You do not need to select this option at this time.
Lightly press down on one of the ink cartridges to release it, and then pull the ink cartridge toward you out of its slot.
Do not remove both ink cartridges at the same time. Remove and clean each ink cartridge one at a time. Do not leave an ink cartridge outside the printer for more than 30 minutes.
Hold the ink cartridge by its sides.
Inspect the ink cartridge contacts for ink and debris buildup.
Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or the ink nozzles. Touching these parts can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections.
Lightly moisten a foam-rubber swab or lint-free cloth with distilled water, and then squeeze any excess water from it.
Clean the face and edges around the ink nozzle with the swab.
Do not clean the ink nozzle plate.
Nozzle plate - Do not clean
Area surrounding ink nozzle - Do clean
Cartridge contacts - Do not clean
Either let the ink cartridge sit for 10 minutes to allow the cleaned area to dry, or use a new swab to dry it.
Reinsert the ink cartridge by sliding it at a slight upward angle into the empty slot, and then gently pushing up on the ink cartridge until it snaps into place.
Reinsert the tri-color ink cartridge into the left slot.
Reinsert the black ink cartridge into the right slot.
Repeat these steps to clean around the nozzles on the other ink cartridge.
Close the ink cartridge access door.
Turn on the printer.
You can refer this HP document for more assistance:- Click here
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I perform the procedure outlined in your email. In addition, I perform the align printer, clean cartridge, and clean page smears procedure multiple times without any improvement. I am considering donating the printer, if HP wants the printer, ship me an empty box I'll ship it to you.
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