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How to Fix smeary printouts

If you use an inkjet printer and see smearing on a page, it's typically because something is sticking to the printhead. If your printer includes the nozzles in the cartridges—as most HP printers do, for example—and you see smearing immediately after changing a cartridge, remove the cartridge and check to make sure the protective tape over the nozzles is completely removed. If some of the tape is still attached, remove it, being careful not to touch the nozzle plate.

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reset printer cartridges hp l7580


HP88 CARTRIDGE RECOGNITION FAILURES/CAUSES:

The failure to recognize an ink cartridge(s) could either be a possible Cartridge connectivity, PRINTHEAD* connectivity or an end-of-life PRINTHEAD issue.

We suggest you remove all the ink cartridges and thoroughly clean BOTH PRINTHEADS manually along with cartridge chip contact surfaces (located on bottom-rear side of each ink cartridge). Clean all electrical contacts, including those inside the printer which mate to the PRINTHEADS. Reinstall both PRINTHEADS and cartridges and retest. You may refer to HP's 'manual' cleaning procedures here:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=125&prodSeriesId=2511747&prodTypeId=18972&objectID=c00844045

Ensure an "expired ink cartridge" alert state is not causing the issue, refer to this page on how to check & bypass: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1384

---- If you observe an "Expired xxxx ink cartridge" alert or message, this error may be bypassed by performing the following:
a. Press and HOLD the Power button.
b. Press Resume button 3 times.
c. Release the Power button

If the cartridge was refilled (i.e. at Costco or Fry's Electronics), following HP 88 cartridge chip replacement and complete cartridge/printhead/printer manual electrical contact cleaning, the cartridge alert message(s) continue, then you may have a damaged PRINTHEAD* (there are two printheads inside the printer) which may require re-priming or replacement depending on problem symptoms.

* The HP 88 ink-series printer models have two electronic PRINTHEADS (each of these electronic devices are responsible for pulling ink from the ink cartridges and then firing the ink droplets onto the paper) - both PRINTHEADS will eventually fail depending on printed content, printer duty cycle (i.e. typically rated for ~41, 500 printed pages depending on image content & frequency of printing). The average inkjet printer can typically be refilled with ~15 to 20 complete sets of ink cartridges over the life of the printhead, after which, either the Yellow/Black and/or Cyan/Magenta printhead will need to be replaced due to internal electrical failure (available at HP.com).

Refer to video on how the HP PRINTHEAD functions: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2054
When the PRINTHEAD electronically fails typically the printer will provide an alert message when this happens, but if a printhead has suffered a deprime (i.e. loss of ink/pressure which results in no printing of color), it is possible to recover the system using a 3rd party PRINTHEAD priming tool, such as this one: http://www.inkowl.com/?p=product&product=5035

For advanced HP printer diagnostics or information on ink refilling services, please visit Inkjet411:
http://www.inkjet411.com

Aug 15, 2013 | HP Officejet Pro L7580 All-In-One InkJet...

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my print comes out with a blank strip down the left side of page......when print out comes out about a fourth of the way from left to right theres a blank strip fromtop to bottom...about a inch wide


Hi,

If the printhead in an inkjet printer is printer but not moving then a single block of print will normally be generated along the page. When this kind of problem happens the related components include the printhead positioning motor, the timing belt, the home position sensor, the control board and possibly the power supply.
With the power off, manually move the printhead to the center of the printer. Turn the printer on to see if the printerhead seeks the home position at the far end of the printer. if the printhead moves to the end of the printer, and it doesn't turn off, or doesn't return to the center of the printer then the home position sensor is malfunctioning and needs replacing. If the printhead assembly will not move at any time, check to see if the printer is in maintenance mode. In this mode the printer typically keeps the printer assembly in the home position. If no mode problems are present, then the positioning motor should be replaced.

Good Luck!

Dec 13, 2010 | Lexmark X2600 InkJet Printer

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the new ink cartridge smears near the last sentence of the page. is there a way to clean it? This printer is a Lexmark X2580.


Perhaps the Lexmark X2580 User's Guide will be able to help you. Just click on this link: http://bit.ly/a9VQt7. Scroll to Achieving better print quality, Page 37, for instructions on how to clean the printhead. Hope this helps.

Jul 12, 2010 | Lexmark X2580 Wireless All-in-One InkJet...

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Xerox Phaser 8560, produces cyan colored streaks whenever this ink is used. No other colors produce streaks.


You are probably using "Media Sciences" ink sticks (Non-Xerox).

This means the printheads jets are clogged, and the printhead needs replacing.

Media Sciences released a defective lot of cyan ink sticks.

They are currently replacing printheads (at their cost) if you call them.

Aug 12, 2009 | Xerox Phaser 8560DN Laser Printer

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smeared lines


Okay, this was the problem I posted a few days ago. It's fixed now, so in case you have the same problem with smearing, here's what the help desk from Canon suggested: Open the cover and remove the ink cartridges. There is a gray lever in front of the cartridges. Lift this lever and the printhead can be easily removed.
Our printhead had a buildup of black ink on the surface. I carefully removed this with rubbing alcohol. I let the printhead dry and replaced everything. No more smearing. Imagine a help-desk that actually helped!

Nov 16, 2008 | Canon MultiPASS MP390 All-In-One InkJet...

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