HP 56 black cartridge 3/4 full, will not print

I just finished several rounds of print head cleaning on a HP 56 black cartridge, which, when I installed it, wouldn't print. It still does not work. When I go to the Toolbox of the HP Officejet 5500 series and click the estimated ink level, it indicates that the tank is at least 3/4 full. This cartridge was first opened earlier when I found the previous ink cartridge (having been informed by the printer the ink level is low). It turns out that there is still ink in the old cartridge, however, if I put the spare back cartridge in its original packing, after removing the orange tape and put the cartridge and packaging in a plastic bag. Is it possible to get this cartridge goes again?


The printhead has dried up due to being exposed to the air with the Ribbon removed.  You might be able to recover by running up to three cycles of cleaning of the Toolbox.  If it does not then try to belittle the cartrdige nozzles in about 1 "of very hot water for 10 minutes.  Then, remove the cartrdige and wipe the contacts with a damp cloth cartrdige.  Gently pat dry the printhead on a damp cloth.  If you get a black streak and replace the cartridge in the printer and try again with the cleaning routine.

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