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hp envy 4500. Unused for 1yr. I tried a test print. It came out black with white horizontal lines.

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After a year of not using ENVY 4500. I set it up again to use USB not wifi. There were probs so i used the scan doctor. The test print printed mostly heavy black with white horizontal lines.    The ink and paper were those used a year ago.

Any suggestions for remedying this situation.

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@bowood407

 

Welcome to the HP support community.

 

Manually clean the area around the ink nozzles

  1. Gather the following materials:

    • Dry foam-rubber swabs, lint-free cloth, or any soft material that does not come apartor leave fibers (coffee filters work well)

    • Distilled, filtered, or bottled water (tap water might contain contaminants that candamage the ink cartridges)

         CAUTION: 

      Do not use platen cleaners or alcohol to clean the area. These can damage the ink cartridge or the printer.

  2. Make sure the printer is on.

  3. Open the scanner lid.

  4. Open the ink cartridge access door.

    The carriage moves to the ink cartridge access area.

    Figure : Open the ink cartridge access door

    Image: Open the ink cartridge access door.
  5. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.

  6. To release the ink cartridge, lift the lid on the ink cartridge slot, and then gently push the lid back until it stops.

  7. Pull up on the ink cartridge to remove it from the slot.

    Figure : Remove the ink cartridge

    1.  

      Image: Remove the ink cartridge.

      Lift the lid
    2. Gently push the lid back

    3. Pull up on the ink cartridge

       CAUTION: 

    Do not remove both ink cartridges at the same time. Remove andclean each ink cartridge one at a time. Do not leave an ink cartridge outsidethe printer for more than 30 minutes.

  8. Hold the ink cartridge by its sides.

    Figure : Hold the ink cartridge by its sides

    Image: Hold the ink cartridge by its sides.
  9. Inspect the ink cartridge contacts for ink and debris buildup.

       CAUTION: 

    Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or the ink nozzles. Touching these parts can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections.

    Figure : Do not touch the contacts or nozzles

    Image: Do not touch the contacts or nozzles.
  10. Lightly moisten a clean, foam-rubber swab with distilled water, and then squeeze any excess water fromit.

  11. Clean the face and edges around the ink nozzle with the swab.

       CAUTION: 

    Do not clean the ink nozzle plate.

    Figure : Clean the area around the ink nozzle

    1.  

      Image: The ink nozzle and ink cartridge contacts.

      Nozzle plate - Do not clean
    2. Area surrounding ink nozzle - Do clean

    3. Ink cartridge contacts - Do not clean

  12. Either let the ink cartridge sit for 10 minutes to allow the cleaned area to dry, or use a new swab to dry it.

  13. Hold the ink cartridge at a slight upward angle with the ink cartridge contacts facing the rear of the printer, and then slide the ink cartridge into the empty slot.

    Figure : Reinstall the ink cartridge

    Image: Reinstall the ink cartridge.
  14. Close the lid on the ink cartridge slot to secure the ink cartridge into place.

    Figure : Close the ink cartridge lid

    Image: Close the ink cartridge lid.
  15. Repeat these steps to clean the area surrounding the ink nozzle on the other ink cartridge.

  16. Close the ink cartridge access door.

    Figure : Close the ink cartridge access door

    Image: Close the ink cartridge access door.
  17. Close the scanner lid.

  18. Try printing again.

You can refer this HP document for more assistance:- Click here

 

Let me know how it goes.

To thank me for my efforts to help you, please mark my post as an accepted solution so that it benefits several others.

Cheers.

Sandytechy20
I am an HP Employee

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