Checking Ink Levels for HP Officejet 6500 (E709a) and 6500 Wireless (E709n) All-in-One Printers
You can check ink levels to determine how soon you might need to replace a cartridge. The ink level shows an estimate of the amount of ink remaining in the cartridges.
NOTE: Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When an indicator shows low-ink levels, consider having a replacement cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not need to replace cartridges until print quality becomes unacceptable.
Use one of the following methods to check ink levels in the cartridges.
NOTE: If you installed a refilled or remanufactured cartridge, or a cartridge that
has been used in another printer, the ink level indicator might be inaccurate or
Open HP Solution Center:
Windows XP: Click Start, click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Solution Center.
Windows Vista: Click the Windows icon (), click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Solution Center.
HP Solution Center opens in a new window.
Click Settings ().
In the Print Settings area, click Printer Toolbox. The printer Toolbox opens.
Click the Estimated Ink Level tab. The estimated ink levels display in a graphic on the computer.
Figure 1: Estimated ink level graphic
The colored bars represent the ink levels in the corresponding cartridge. Full color bars represent high ink levels, while color bars that approach the bottom of the bar represent low ink.
Press the Setup button () on the product control panel repeatedly until Print Report displays, and then press OK.
Press the Right Arrow button () to select Printer Status Report, and then press OK. The Printer Status Report prints.
Figure 2: Example Printer Status Report
Examine the ink-level indicators in the Ink Delivery System Information section of the report.
Figure 3: Ink-level indicators on the Printer Status Report - Example of low black ink
The colored bars represent the ink levels in the corresponding cartridge. Full color bars represent high ink levels, while color bars that approach the left side of the bar represent low ink.