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HP Photosmart A610, A612, A616, A617, and A618 Printers - Replace the Print Cartridge


Follow the instructions below to replace the print cartridge.

Replacing the print cartridge

Step one: Check the ink level

The print cartridge ink level is indicated in the drop-shaped icon in the upper left corner of the Photo summary screen.

Figure 1: Ink level indicator

NOTE: A cartridge might be running out of ink even if the graphic shows ink remaining. Lines or streaks always appear in printouts when the cartridge begins to run out of ink.

Step two: Purchase new print cartridges

Purchase replacement print cartridges at retail outlets or directly from HP by clicking How to Buy on this page.

Before replacing print cartridges, verify that you are using the correct cartridges.

This printer uses an HP 110 tri-color Inkjet print cartridge.

Step three: Remove the print cartridge

  1. Verify that the printer is on.

  2. Open the print cartridge door.

  3. Pull the print cartridge toward you out of its slot.

WARNING: Do not touch the copper-colored contacts inside the print cartridge compartment or on the print cartridge.

Step four: Install the new print cartridge

  1. Remove the new print cartridge from its packaging.

  2. Remove the bright pink tape from the cartridge.

    Figure 2: Removing the tape

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

    Figure 3: Do not touch the print cartridge contacts

  3. Open the print cartridge door.

  4. Insert the print cartridge into the print cartridge cradle with the label on top, the copper-colored contacts facing toward the inside of the printer, and the ink nozzles facing down.

    Figure 4: Inserting the print cartridge

  5. Push the print cartridge into the cradle until the cartridge snaps into place.

  6. Close the print cartridge door.

    • The idle screen of the printer displays an icon showing the approximate ink level for the installed cartridge (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, and nearly empty). No ink-level icon appears if the cartridge is not a genuine HP cartridge.

    • Each time you install or replace a print cartridge, a message appears on the printer screen asking you to load paper so the printer can align the cartridge. This ensures highquality prints.

  7. Load paper in the input tray and then press OK then follow the on-screen instructions to align the cartridge.

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