How to Check the Ink Cartridge on an HP PSC 1510 Printer


The HP PSC 1510 printer uses ink jet print technology to produce both monochromatic and full color documents and images. The printer contains one print cartridge with black liquid ink and one cartridge with three different colors of liquid ink. Both ink cartridges sit in a carriage inside the printer, with the black cartridge on the right and the color cartridge on the left. When you encounter a problem with the printer's cartridges, you can use the software on your computer to check the cartridges before removing them from the printer.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled water
  • Cotton swabs
  • Click the "Start" or Windows icon button on the left side of the computer's task bar. Click "Programs" or "All Programs" then the "HP" folder then "HP Director."

  • Select "Settings," "Print Settings" and choose the "Printer Toolbox." Click the tab labeled "Estimated Ink Level" to view the ink levels in each cartridge. Print a self-test report if the estimated ink levels are not low but you continue to experience problems printing.

  • Hold down the printer's "Cancel/Resume" button while you press the "Start Copy Color" button. Wait for the self-test report to come out into the printer's output tray, then examine it to make sure the colors print correctly and there are not breaks in the printout.

  • Fold down the printer's front cover and wait for the cartridge carriage to stop moving. Press down on the top of each cartridge, then pull it straight toward you to remove the cartridges.

  • Examine the print cartridge's metal contact area and peel off any protective tape you did not remove before. Clean the contacts with distilled water and cotton swabs if you do not find any tape. Allow the cartridges to dry, then slide them back in their slots and pull them up until you hear a click. Fold the front cover back up.

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