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HP Photosmart 6510 Printers - Printer Prints a Blank Page or Does Not Print Black or Color Ink

This document is for the HP Photosmart 6510, 6512, and 6515 e-All-in-One printers.
The printer is working, but the printed output is missing black or color ink, or the printed page is blank or has very little ink.
HP recommends that you use genuine HP ink cartridges. HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP ink cartridges or refilled HP ink cartridges. If you do not use genuine HP ink cartridges, the steps in this document might not resolve print quality issues.
Visit HP SureSupply to check ink cartridge compatibility or purchase replacement ink cartridges.
  1. Go to the HP SureSupply website.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and then make sure the country/region location is correct.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to order new ink cartridges or check ink cartridge compatibility with your printer.
Genuine HP ink cartridges can also be purchased from other retailers.
If using genuine HP ink cartridges resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
Step 2: Check estimated ink levels
Low ink can contribute to poor print quality. Use the control panel to check the estimated ink levels.
 note:
Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When an indicator shows low-ink levels, consider having a replacement ink cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not need to replace ink cartridges until print quality becomes unacceptable.
From the home screen of the printer control panel, touch the Ink icon (). The current ink levels display.
Figure : Example of estimated ink levels
Image: Estimated ink levels displaying on the control panel.
If none of the ink cartridges are critically low or empty and the issue persists, continue to the step to make sure the ink cartridges are properly vented and seated correctly.
If there are any empty or critically low ink cartridges, continue to the next step.
Step 3: Replace any empty or low ink cartridges
Watch a video or use the following steps to replace any empty or critically low ink cartridges.
The following video demonstrates how to replace a cartridge.
 note:
This video shows an HP Photosmart 5510 (B111a) printer, but the steps are the same for your printer.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube.
  1. Press the Power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already turned on. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you continue.
  2. Open the ink cartridge access door. The carriage moves to the access area.
    Figure : Open the ink cartridge access door
    Image: Open the cartridge access door
  3. Press the tab on the front of the ink cartridge inward to release it, and then pull up on the ink cartridge to remove it from the slot.
    Figure : Remove the ink cartridge from the slot
    Image: Remove the ink cartridge from the slot
  4. Pull the orange tab to remove the new ink cartridge from the plastic wrap.
    Figure : Remove the new ink cartridge from the plastic wrap
    Image: Remove the new ink cartridge from the plastic wrapMake sure that you remove the orange pull-tab and plastic wrap completely before you twist the orange cap in the next step. Otherwise, ink might leak from the ink cartridge. When you remove the plastic wrap, the paper label on the top of the ink cartridge tears slightly, which is necessary to properly vent the ink cartridge.
  5. Twist the orange cap counter clockwise until it snaps off the new ink cartridge.
    Figure : Remove the orange cap from the new ink cartridge
    Image: Remove the orange cap from the new ink cartridge
  6. With the nozzle and contacts facing down, slide the ink cartridge into its slot. Press down on the ink cartridge until it is firmly seated.
    Figure : Insert the ink cartridge
    Image: Insert the ink cartridge
  7. Make sure each cartridge is firmly installed in its slot. Run your finger along the top of the cartridges to feel for any that are protruding, and if any are, press down firmly until each cartridge snaps into place.
  8. Close the ink cartridge access door.
    Figure : Close the ink cartridge access door
    Close the ink cartridge access door
  9. When you insert a new ink cartridge, the printer automatically prompts you to align the ink cartridges. Touch OK on the control panel to complete the alignment.
  10. If the printer control panel states that the alignment has failed, repeat the steps to Clean the Cartridge contacts.
If replacing the ink cartridges resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
Step 4: Make sure the ink cartridges are properly vented and seated correctly
If the vent on the top of the ink cartridge is clogged or obstructed, the ink cartridge might not work properly.
  1. Press the Power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you continue.
  2. Open the ink cartridge access door. The carriage moves to the access area.
    Figure : Open the ink cartridge access door
    Image: Open the cartridge access door
  3. Press the tab on the front of the black ink cartridge inward to release it, and then pull up on the ink cartridge to remove it from its slot.
    Figure : Remove the ink cartridge from the slot
    Image: Remove the ink cartridge from the slot
  4. Examine the vent area above the HP logo on the top of the ink cartridge.
    Figure : Vent area on the ink cartridge
    Image: Vent area on the top of the ink cartridge.
  5. If the ink cartridge still has the orange pull-tab attached, pull to remove it.
    Figure : Orange pull tab
    Image: Orange pull tab.
  6. If the vent is clogged, use a straight pin to gently remove excess adhesive from the vent.
      Figure : Clean the clogged vent with a pin
      Image: Clean the clogged vent with a pin.
    1. Clogged vent
    2. With a straight pin, gently remove excess adhesive from the vent
    3. Unclogged vent
  7. With the nozzle and contacts facing down, slide the ink cartridge into its slot. Press down on the ink cartridge until it clicks into place.
     note:
    Make sure that each ink cartridge is installed in the correct slot. Match the shape of the icon and the color of the ink cartridge with the slot that has the same shaped icon and color.
    Figure : Insert the ink cartridge.
    Image: Insert the ink cartridge.
  8. Repeat these steps to inspect the vents on each of the ink cartridges.
  9. Make sure that each ink cartridge is firmly in place in its slot. Run your finger along the top of the ink cartridges to feel for any that are protruding, and if any are, press down firmly until each ink cartridge snaps into place.
  10. Close the ink cartridge access door.
    Figure : Close the ink cartridge access door
    Close the ink cartridge access door
  11. Try the print job again.
If making sure the ink cartridges are vented and seated correctly resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
Step 5: Clean the printhead
Some print quality issues are caused by clogged printheads. Use an automated tool to clean the printhead.
If the printhead is badly clogged, you might need to clean the printhead several times to restore normal print quality. After cleaning the printhead, wait 30 minutes before cleaning the printhead again.
  1. Make sure that plain white U.S. letter or A4 size paper is loaded in the tray.
  2. From the control panel home screen, touch the Setup icon ().
  3. Touch Tools, and then touch Clean Printhead. The product cleans the printheads, and then prints a test page.
  4. Review the print quality on the test page.
  5. If the print quality is still poor, repeat previous steps for cleaning the printhead.
 note:
Never turn off the printer when ink cartridges are missing. Make sure that you replace any missing ink cartridges as soon as possible to avoid print quality issues and possible extra ink usage or damage to the ink system. To avoid issues that require cleaning the printhead, always turn the printer off with the Power button on the printer itself.
If cleaning the printhead resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
Step 6: Service the printer
If the previous steps did not resolve the issue, service the printer.
Contacting HP for service in all countries/regions except Asia Pacific.
If you completed all the preceding steps and your product still has an issue, service the product.
First, go to Check your product warranty to check your printer warranty status, and then go to Contact HP Support to find an authorized service dealer or to schedule a repair.
Repair fees might apply for out-of-warranty printers.
 note:
Keep a print sample that shows the problem. If the ink cartridges, printhead, or printer is replaced under warranty, the support agent will request the print sample. If the printer is returned to HP, the print sample must be returned with the printer. Place the sample in the output tray when you package your printer for shipping.

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