How to Repair Print Head Problems on an HP L7680

Written by steven symes
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The HP Officejet Pro L7680 uses a print head to deliver the ink from the ink cartridges onto the paper or other media as it passes through the inside of the printer. The print head contains tiny nozzles that direct the ink droplets to their final destination on the media. Problems with the print heads will cause jagged or broken lines as well as splotchy printouts. Take corrective action for the L7680's print heads from the control panel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Align the print heads by pressing the "Setup" button on the printer's control panel. Use the arrow buttons to highlight "Tools" on the printer's screen and press the "OK" button.

  2. 2

    Use the arrow keys to highlight "Align Printer" and press "OK." Once the alignment page has printed, press the "OK" button once more.

  3. 3

    Calibrate the print head line feed by pressing the "Setup" button on the control panel. Use the arrow buttons to highlight "Tools" and press "OK." Press the arrow keys to highlight "Calibrate Linefeed" and press the "OK" button again.

  4. 4

    Clean the print heads by pressing by "Setup" button on the control panel. Use the arrow buttons to highlight "Tools" and press the "OK" button.

  5. 5

    Use the arrow buttons to highlight "Clean Printhead" and press the "OK" button. Wait for the printer to perform the cleaning process and produce a printout.

  6. 6

    Clean the print head contacts manually by opening the printer's top cover. Remove the power cord from the back of the printer once the cartridge carriage stops moving. Swing the print head latch up and toward the back of the printer, then flip up the handle on the print head you wish to remove.

  7. 7

    Wipe off the metal contact points on the print head and inside the carriage using a coffee filter. Replace the print head and lower the latch, then lower the printer's cover and plug the power cord back in.

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