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HP Deskjet 9800 Printer Series - Cleaning and Maintaining the Print Cartridge

To clean the print cartridges automatically

The print cartridges have microscopic nozzles that can clog when exposed to air for too long. In addition, if a print cartridge is not used for long periods of time it can also clog, resulting in a noticeable decrease in print quality.
Cleaning the print cartridges unclogs the nozzles. Clean the print cartridges if the printed characters are incomplete, or if dots or lines are missing from the printed text or graphics.
note:
Cleaning the print cartridges when it is not necessary wastes ink and reduces the life of the print cartridges.
For Windows
You can clean the print cartridges from the Toolbox or the printer driver.
  1. Load plain paper into the Input Tray.
  2. Open the Toolbox: Click Start, point to Programs, HP Deskjet 9800 series, and then click HP Deskjet 9800 series Toolbox,
    or open the printer driver.
  3. Click the Printer Services tab (Toolbox) or Services tab (printer driver).
  4. Click Clean Print Cartridges and follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. If you still find a problem in the printout, repeat this cleaning process.
  6. If there is still a problem in the printout, the print cartridge may have expired. In this case, replace it with a new print cartridge.
For Macintosh
  1. Load plain paper into the input tray.
  2. Open the HP Inkjet Toolbox.
  3. Open the Clean panel.
  4. Click Clean.
  5. If you still find a problem in the printout, repeat this cleaning process.
  6. If there is still a problem in the printout, the print cartridge may have expired. In this case, replace it with a new print cartridge.

Maintaining the print cartridges

The following tips will help maintain HP print cartridges and ensure consistent print quality:
  • Keep all print cartridges in their sealed packages until they are needed. Print cartridges should be stored at room temperatures between 15° to 35° C (59° to 95° F).
  • Do not remove the plastic tape covering the ink nozzles until you are ready to install the print cartridge in the printer. If the plastic tape has been removed from the print cartridge, do not attempt to reattach it. Reattaching the tape damages the print cartridge.
      caution:
    Do not drop the print cartridge. Dropping the print cartridge may damage it.

Storing the print cartridges

When the black or photo print cartridge is removed from the printer, store it in an airtight plastic container or in the Print Cartridge Protector. A Print Cartridge Protector is shipped with the photo print cartridges.
note:
When storing the print cartridge in an airtight plastic container, make sure that the ink nozzles face down.
To store the print cartridge in the Print Cartridge Protector, insert the print cartridge at a slight angle into the protector and snap it securely in place.
Figure : Print cartridge protector

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