Created: January 21, 2023

I just installed new ink cartridges in my Envy 4520 but the cartridges will not align

The printer refuses to detect the alignment page for scanning.
Last Edit: January 21, 2023
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Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
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Customer Reply
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Christine Tomas
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Nice to meet you, *****!
What troubleshooting have you done so far?
Customer Reply
I have tried aligning the cartridges several times. The printer refuses to detect the alignment page when I try to scan it.
Envy 4520
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
Did you receive any error messages?
Customer Reply
Yes. The printer's screen told me the printer was not detecting the page.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
I see, thank you. Have you tried reinstalling the cartridges?
Customer Reply
Yes. I reinstalled them and attempted to align them but the same thing happened.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
Noted, thank you
Customer Reply
I shut the power off to the printer, reinstalled the cartridges and attempted to align the cartridges. I got the same message. I had it try it again and it appeared to align, however when I printed what I was trying to print it did not come out right.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
I see, thank you.
Please try following these instructions:
Make sure to load the input tray with plain, white paper. On the printer control panel, swipe the display to the left, and then touch Setup . Touch Tools. Swipe up on the display, then touch Align Printer
Customer Reply
I tried all that previously before I even contacted you. It didn't work.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
I see, thank you. Have you also tried aligning the printheads?
Customer Reply
No. How do you do that? By the way, I tried cleaning the heads but have not gotten an acceptable print quality. Could that have anything to do with it?
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
That is also a possibility.
Customer Reply
I also disconnected and reconnected the power.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
Noted, thank you!
Customer Reply
I tried sending an e-mail to myself and printing it. It didn't print properly and what did print was very faint.
It's probably the ink cartridges I bought and spent $77 for. I put in the old cartridges and got good prints.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
You got a good print quality and no issue with the old ones, is that correct?
Customer Reply
Yes.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
Gotcha. In this case, the issue might be as well with the quality of the cartridges
Customer Reply
They are the HP brand, not some aftermarket stuff, and they are new, not refills.
How do you align the printheads? Maybe that would make the new cartridges work.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
I totally understand your concern. There's always a chance to receive a faulty product even from the reliable brand
Sure
Do you have an HP Smart app installed on your computer?
Customer Reply
I never installed one. When I hooked up the printer the computer recognized it and started printing. I did not have to install any drivers.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
Noted, sure!
Please try installing the app by following this link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hp-smart-for-desktop/id1474276998?mt=12
Customer Reply
My computer won't install it. I guess my system is not updated.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
Gotcha. You can try following these instructions to update your software:
From the Apple menu in the corner of your screen:
Choose System Settings. Then click General in the sidebar, and Software Update on the right.
Or choose System Preferences. Then click Software Update.
Customer Reply
I may do that later. I don't have time today. I've spent all my time on this. I just hope I can get a refund on those cartridges. I have printed pages with the old and new cartridges for them to compare as well as our conversation.
Christine Tomas
Christine Tomas Tech Expert & Writer
I do hope as well!
I’m glad I was able to get that sorted out for you. Is there anything else I can assist
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