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Old 06-09-03, 10:16 PM
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What happens when ink cartridge expires?

I have an issue with my HP PSC 500 printer where it is not printing yellow. I have tried two new cartridges that have actually expired. I also ran it through the cleaning several times.
Still no yellow but the blue and cyan work fine.

When blotting the cartridges on a damp paper towel I only get cyan and blue too.

Is it possible that only the yellow would dry up in two unopened but expired cartridges?
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If you printed a lot of stuff that would require yellow or a color that has a lot of yellow in it, then yes.
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Originally posted by Mopower
If you printed a lot of stuff that would require yellow or a color that has a lot of yellow in it, then yes.
however since these were unopened ones I doubt this is the reason.

It is possible that the yellow drys up faster.

email Hp and ask them. maybe they can tip you off on what might be happening.
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New cartridges have new print heads.

The only thing I can think of is the metal contacts that connect to the print cartridge are dirty and the dirty ones happen to be the ones that control the yellow.
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Thanks for the suggestions. This is certainly kind of odd.

I decided to go ahead and pick up a new cartridge on my way home from work tonight.

I just loaded it and aligned the cartridges just as I had done with the expired ones.

I now have all colors again with a perfectly functional yellow.

The weird thing learned from this is that apparently the yellow dries up sooner than the other two colors when these things outdate.

I guess I'll let the reason why remain a mystery.

Thanks again.

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