Tip & How-To about Office Equipment & Supplies
This is a very common problem associated with almost every sort of cartridges with attached print heads such as HP, Lexmark or Dell. The first thing you have to understand is that lack of ink is not the problem, because every cartridge is tested and weighed accurately before it is dispatched from the respective factories.
The most common reason for this type of problem is that the ink head is lacking any ink to feed it. This can be mainly because the cartridges are left flat or maybe upside down for weeks or months before it is being used. So before purchasing one, make sure that the cartridge was not manufactured long before the date of purchase and see to it that it is kept in the correct position in the shop/factory outlet. Also do not stock a cartridge in your home/office every time. Buy it only when you are about to finish the earlier one.
The easiest way to solve this problem is to open up the box and make the cartridge stand in an upright position for a few minutes before using. Now get a paper towel or an useless cloth, fold it twice or thrice and keep the cartridge with the print head down on to it for about 10 minutes or so. This will facilitate ink flow towards the print head and you can see ink coming out of the print head. Finally, install the cartridge on to the printer and you can print a few test pages. These test pages may not be sufficiently bright, but it will get brighter after a few test prints.
Sometimes, IF YOU USE YOUR PRINTER ONLY AT TIMES, the ink may get clogged in the print head thus preventing you from printing again. To remove this clog place the cartridge in about a quarter to half an inch of warm water so that the print head is immersed in it. When you see ink slowly leaking out of the print head take out the cartridge from water and dry it with a SOFT cloth to the tip of the print head. Now get the cartridge installed back to your printer and run the PRINT HEAD CLEANING UTILITY that comes with your printer software. You may have to run it quite a few times before you can restore the printing quality.
CAUTION: Do not keep the print head so long in warm water as it may get destroyed. If it happens so, you should get yourself a new cartridge. You can't repair this stuff further.
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