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HP Inkjet Printer: Easy Ways to Fix their Errors

Your HP Inkjet Printer has been a dependable source for all your print jobs. It has printed infinite documents and images and kept you right on schedule. Then, all of a sudden, your HP Inkjet Printer starts acting wild. What can you do?

Unfortunately, all inkjet printers have errors and issues that disrupt your work. If this sounds like something you have come across, then you are in the right place. We have listed the most common HP Inkjet Printer errors and issues, and the most efficient ways to clear them.


1. Print quality is poor...This is one of the most common issues with inkjet printers. There are various reasons for this to happen:

  • a. Clogged printer nozzles . Clogged printer nozzles can lead to your printouts having white lines throughout its entirety. In order to unclog your printer nozzles, run the HP cleaning tool. Do this by accessing your printer through the control panel. Go to the maintenance tab, and click on deep clean feature. This should clear up your print nozzles and your printouts.
  • b. Paper dust, lint, ink spatter . If your printouts are grainy or very poor quality, you might have to clean the printer. To do this, get a damp, lint free cloth. Open your printer, and clean out carefully. Remove any lose pieces of paper, any lint and any dust that may be present in all the nooks and crannies. This should clear up your prints.
  • c. Runny or puddled printouts. If your printouts come out with little tiny ink puddles, you are probably printing on the wrong side of the paper. This is more common with glossy paper. Make sure your paper is compatible with your HP Inkjet printer, and is set correctly in the paper tray. If the paper is correct, and you still have the issue, adjust your color setting for that specific paper. You can find the suggested settings in the paper packaging.
  • d. Missing colors . If your print jobs are coming out with weird hues or strange colors, you might have to replace your ink cartridge. When ink levels are low, this is a common issue. Otherwise, you might have placed the wrong color in the cartridge slot. Check for this by opening your printer and verifying that they are correctly placed.
  • e. Blurry prints . This often happens with moist paper. If your paper is completely dry, then you will have to arrange your print settings according to your print paper. Glossy paper requires less ink than regular paper, while cardstock requires more ink than normal paper. Please check your print setting to verify this.

2. The printer is not responding...If your printer is simply not responding, then you most likely have a connection error. This happens for a few reasons, and vary from printer to printer.

  • a. Wireless HP Inkjet Printers : to make sure your connection is working correctly, you will have to make sure that both the printer and the computer or device are connecting via the same router.

    If both are connected to the same network, move the printer closer to the router. If the distance between the printer and the router is too long, the printer might not be receiving the signals, or might fluctuate between online and offline.

    If these are not the problem, restart the router, the printer, and the computer or device. Once restarted, your problem should be resolved.

    If these have not worked, you are most likely facing a printer driver issue. It might be corrupt or outdated. In order to resolve this, look for your HP Inkjet printer model printer driver online. Download and install it. Once you have installed the driver, restart the computer and printer. Your printer should now respond.

  • b. Wire connected HP Inkjet Printer : if your printer has a direct connection to your computer, the first thing to do is to check the USB wire and ports to make sure they connect properly.

    If all is well, make sure you are sending to the correct printer.

    Then, restart the printer and the computer. If this does not fix your issue, you are most likely facing a printer driver issue. It might be corrupt or outdated. In order to resolve this, look for your HP Inkjet printer model printer driver online. Download and install it. Once you have installed the driver, restart the computer and printer. Your printer should now respond.

If you have had a similar issue with your HP Inkjet Printer, remember, all inkjets have their errors and issues. With a little bit of persistence and determination, you should rest easy knowing that our easy to follow guide will lead you to a successful HP Inkjet Printer troubleshoot.

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