Circa 2007, I bought an HP Photosmart C4180 all-in-one printer-scanner-copier, mainly for use with my Toshiba laptop. It only saw light use and quit printing about three years back. The analytics showed plenty of ink in the cartridges and never kicked out an error message; cleaning the print heads made no difference so I was not certain what was wrong. Except for scanning old photos, the printer sat fallow in my basement “office” for quite some time.
My need for a working printer spiked recently when I decided to fight my property tax assessment. I was faced with buying a new printer if I could not restore the old HP to working order. Today I decided to resolve the issue by first seeing if I could get the old printer to connect with my fairly new MacBook Pro. Heh! As soon as I hooked it up, the Mac asked if I wanted to download the necessary software and I answered “Heck yes!” A few minutes later, I could scan photos and documents but the printer still refused to print. On an act of faith, I shopped a couple of local stores for the best price on both the black and color ink cartridges. Yikes! Combined, they cost about half of what I originally paid for the old printer and around one-third of what I would pay for a new printer. Being a bit of a cheapskate, I took the gamble; once installed in the old printer these new cartridges would be non-refundable. Voila! The new cartridges did the trick and I can now proceed unhindered.