pstone47asked Mar 31, 2008 at 4:45pm
HP officejet d145 printhead problem
Has anyone encountered this problem and if so is there a fix. I don't want to replace the expensive printheads and find out that it isn't or doesn't fix the problem.
Try my advice fromthis is how fixed my issue . just restart the printer and visit http://fixingblog.com/fix-print-head-problem-printer/ follow the steps and see if this allows you to fix your issue . thanks
I checked around and found a solution that someone had posted about how to clean the printheads for my offficejet d145. They suggested using Windex or a product with similar ingrediants.
I took a paper towel and folded it over so it was four layers thick.
Then soaked the paper towel in the Windex.
Then took the prinheads from the printer and set them each (jethead down) onto the saturated paper towel.
Then pressed the bottom of the Printhead into the towel.
I added more Windex and periodically pressed the heads into the soggy towel.
I had to repeat a couple of times and the second time let them sit overnight.
In the morning I cleaned them off with some rubbing alcohol and put them back into the printer.
They now work just fine.
Below is the explaination I got online.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHY THIS WORKS. WINDEX IS 90\%+ WATER A MOSTLY THE REST AMMONIUM. INKJETS USE TINY HEAT ELEMENTS TO "SPRAY" INK ON THE PAGE. IF THEY HAVE DRIED INK UP IN THE ELEMENT, OR THE PIPE TO THE NOZZEL, ALL THE CLEAN CYCLES IN THE WORLD WON'T WORK (TRUST ME, I TRIED). THE WINDEX, WORKS IN REVERSE, THE WATER/AMMONIA SOLUTION WORKS BACKWARDS UP THE PIPE, VIA THE NOZZLE INTO THE HEATER AND HEAD ITSELF.
Good luck to any who have the bad printhead message.
We do have a Windex sprayer that we use to clean ink off of the plastic case and interior surfaces.
I have a hp officejet d145 too and I tried the windex method and it didn't work. Furthermore, as soon as I replaced the one that had an error with a new one, the other printheads started to go bad as well. Did this happen to anyone?
Hot water method?
What nozzle are you talking about on the printhead?
Becoming a hater instead of a lover of hp!
I tried the boiling water method, and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much for saving my money!!
Oh well. Guess I'll replace them and probably do all 4 while I'm at it since the printer thinks two of the four are bad.
Thanks for this thread though!!!
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Make sure sure everything is dried carefully before replacing the print heads in the printer. Worked fine and the old d145 was up and running again. Last time I had this problem I bought the print heads that cost about £80 - so a bit of patience paid-off.
The Cyan print head was the only error. So I just soaked that one.
HP won't even talk to me with such an old printer.
If not for you guys. We would of thrown it out.
Can someone help?
thanx for the help
I tried the hot water method worked for a short while i.e. couple of pages and then stops printing the black ink again.
Do I simply need to soak for longer or is it perhaps the drying of the head?
Tried three times but only soak for a minute or so each time or until the water cools to tepid temperature? Read 10 minutes on some of the above replies but the water will be cold within 90 seconds so is it just to draw out the ink. When I am drying off the head with papertowel the ink flows freely.
HP aren't winning a lot of friends with their approach to supporting their products?
Any additional advice would be great.
I have also previous used a Company called "The HP Printhead Only Company" they refurbish print heads but I cannot seem to find them, does anyone have a URL for them?
Even though this is a d145 thread, I will add that the Hot Water Printhead Soak worked on the first try for my HP L7555 printheads ( L7555 is a Costco special same as L7500 series) . Both of my printheads soaked a little more than 10 minutes in near boiling water then removed and "blotted" dry on a paper towel, reinserted into the printer. The next morning, the printer was powered up and went through many minutes of self adjustment stuff. Finally, during all this, it spit out a printhead alignment copy. Voila!! It looked darn good.
After the printer was finished feeling itself up, I ran a couple of copies off the glass - first was a full color cover of Car Craft which turned out nice on plain inkjet paper. All colors present and accounted for, no blank strips, no missing lines. Next up was a full text page ¡V the print looked perfect. As a result, this printer is saved from the E-waste pile (for now, at least) and will become my backup printer. I had already purchased an Epson Workforce 630 to replace it.
My pledge to myself earlier in the week was to NEVER (I know! ;-)) buy another HP printer! My pre-L7555 printer was a d145 that became unusable due to some lamp sensor error that shuts the machine down. (also documented on this list but the fix is too complicated for me). This was about the time the extended warranty expired. At that time I called for HP help. As many on this forum have lamented, my turn in HP call center Hell cost me a couple of hours of total frustration and¡Kno help¡K but I didn't learn my lesson. I bought the L7555. After a couple of days, the ADF jammed beyond my ability to fix. It cost me another two hours of HP call center Hell but I finally screamed loud enough to be heard in America. The supervisor to whom I was reluctantly transferred sent me a HP internal document on how to properly disassemble the ADF, clear the paper, and reassemble. The good news was that after another hour, the jam was cleared and it was running again. And it ran pretty darn reliably until the last several months when it became apparent the black/yellow printhead was going south. The printhead "failure" is well documented on-line (not in the HP FAQ, of course). After the printer essentially stopped printing black, I decided to spend $99 (including shipping) at Amazon for an Epson 630. It was $16 cheaper than two new HP 88 print heads, came *with* new printheads and a set of *full* print cartridges!! ƒº Plus, it works like a champ, looks great, prints are great, scans are excellent, etc. After a month of fully wringing the 630 out, I'll put up a review on Amazon.
I plan to stick to my pledge! No more HP printers. Users deserve better customer support.
Check out the Epson line. You might be surprised. (Disclaimer ¡V I have NO vested interest of any kind in Epson)
In short. The "hot dip" process was a bust for me, with positive results lasting only for a week. After a couple of weeks, I gave up. Too much of a hassle. The L7555 is in the ReCycle pile. What a waste of natural resources. Shame on HP.
My Epson 630 is a workhorse. No problems to date.
There is a CMOS battery in the left lower entry looks like a large flat watch battery I have removed this in mine.
It allows use of out of date inks.
If you have low ink then perhaps that's another issue but I know once I removed the CMOS battery have not had same issues.
Try powering the unit off take the leads out of the printer then reassemble and power back on. see if this clears the message.
Try my advice from previous responses do not think it will be the water treatment just teh printer needs to reset itself are your cartridges within date? Hence the CMOS battery treatment or just first power everything off remove all leads and reassemble.
Any other advise, getting frustrated with this,....!!