asked Oct 25, 2007 at 3:39am
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Extremely slow printing HP Deskjet 1220C


I have a HP Deskjet 1220c which hasn't given any problems at all in the several years i've had it, but as of around 4 days ago still prints, but is incredibly slow to do so. It sort of whirrs a little every maybe 8 seconds or so, as if its doing its normal thing, just far far slower.

I use it with both a Apple Macbook Pro, and a Windows 2000 PC, in both cases I connect it by USB. Its the same on both machines, so I don't think its a driver / configuration issue.

The only thing I do notice is that just underneath where the cartridges sit when the cover is closed (i.e. their normal position), there is some dried up black ink, as if a cartridge has been leaking. I'm probably going to start by opening the cover and trying to clean that.

No error lights etc. so far to speak of.

Anyone have any ideas what the problem might be? Or know what would be best to use to clean the dried ink?

Thanks in advance
Removing the case can be challenging. Here is my approach.

Deskjet 1220C, Removing the Case

1. Open the hinged cover and remove the two T20 Torx screws.
2. Release the left end cover extension that forms the left side of the paper tray. It has four clips that secure it, three accessible from the top and one from the bottom. The top three clips are released by prying three slots with a medium slot style screwdriver. The forth clip is on the underside. Patience is called for because the extensions tend to relatch. Avoid the temptation to slam the printer against a wall.
3. Release and remove the left end cover. There is clip front and rear that is accessed from underneath. Release them with a screwdriver and the cover will come off horizontally, assuming the cover extension is not latched. There will be some resistance.
4. Remove the rear cover. It has tabs that go under the right end cover. Looking from the rear, it slides to the right. There will be some resistance.
5. Remove the right end cover. Follow steps 2 and 3.

Cleaning the service station
Scrape out as much congealed ink as possible, remove the motor (you will need a T10 Torx driver), and immerse the service station in hot water. After a few rinsings it will be nearly like new. Cleaning it avoids an eventual overflow.
by Bert on Oct 25, 2007 at 9:47pm Add comment