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My parents recently bought a refilling kit for the color and black cartridges for my hp printer.  Well, i screwed up the color cartridge by putting the colors in the opposite chambers because the directions were kind of confusing.  I filled the black cartridge correctly and it prints, sort of (more gray than black).  My question is why is the black cartridge not working totally and is their a way i can fix the color cartridge without buying a new one?
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First and foremost, the color cartridge is shot.  The damage is done and there's not much that anyone could do.  As far as the black is concerned, have you tried cleaning the print head?  Aside from that I'm pretty convinced that the difference your seeing is due to the fact that the refill ink is not the same quality as the ink from the OEM (Origional Equipment Manufacturer) cartridge.

Although it is a black ink, it most likely has a different viscosity (thickness) than the origional ink.  Therefore it deploys slower from the print head than the OEM (HP) ink.  Or it does not  lay down as heavy.

Most inkjet printers use water based inks, which is simply a pigment disolved in a water base. HP printers use an acutal DYE, which is different in composition than a water soluable ink.  This allows the print to be less prone to smearing after it drys if you try to highlight it with a marker or something.

My suggestion on refilling ink cartridges is to let the Pro's do it.  You can get refilled ink cartridges for about the cost of your refill kit, and  third-party ink cartridges are available from other manufacturers such as Nu·Kote and are available at your local office supply store.

Good Luck!

JRHelgeson
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