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Based ENTIRELY of the total LACK of make and model information about your fax unit, my guess is that the software DRIVER is corrupted! But of course, that is a total GUESS! Let me show you why that is SO IMPORTANT!
My favorite ant broke her leg ... leaving her only FIVE good legs to run around on! Most people know that ants (INSECTS) have six legs. But you MIGHT have assumed that my ant was my mom's sister, or my dad's sister, and that I simply misspelled AUNT!
Print a diagnostic page
If the steps above have not helped, print and evaluate a diagnostic page to see if the cartridges or the printer is causing the problem.
Make sure the printer is on and loaded with unused, plain, white paper.
Press and hold the Power button and then press the Cancel button. Release both buttons. The diagnostic page prints.
Figure 1: Power and Cancel buttons1 - Cancel button2 - Power button
Step 4: Note which cartridges printed which areas of the diagnostic page
You must identify which cartridge printed which part of the diagnostic page, so that if you find defects on the page, you will know which cartridge is the problem.
However, you can install different combinations of print cartridges in your printer, and different cartridge combinations print different diagnostic page patterns. Your diagnostic page may not look exactly like the picture below, but the right and left cartridges will print in the same areas of the page no matter which cartridges are installed.
Figure 2: Diagnostic page layout (the patterns in each area may look slightly different on your page)1 - Printed by the right cartridge2 - Printed by the left cartridgeNOTE:
If you are printing in reserve mode (one cartridge is missing), the missing cartridge's area of the diagnostic page will be blank.
Step 5: Check ink levelsNOTE:
If you have installed a refilled or remanufactured ink cartridge, or a cartridge that has been used in another product, the ink level indicator is inaccurate or unavailable.
Look in the middle of the diagnostic page. The bars with "E" (for "empty") and "F" (for "full") at each end show the ink levels in the cartridges. As ink is used, the solid color changes to a faded color.
Figure 3: Left (tri-color) cartridge almost full - right cartridge emptyFigure 4: Both left and right cartridges almost full
Forgive me for asking this, but roughly speaking about 80 to 95% of problems involving ink or toner are resolved by the following: Are you using a factory new ink cartridge supplied by the manufacturer of the printer? If you are using a refilled or third party cartridge that may well be your problem. Most manufacturers build logic into their products to prevent the use of “Other Equipment Manufactured” cartridges as well as re-filled cartridges. They do this to prevent problems from contaminated inks causing problems with print quality or damaging the physical printhead. If you are using the manufacturer’s new ink cartridges, then please contact their technical support group.Factory new cartridges usually have warranties on them. Don
remove the ink cartridges and use a qtip dipped in rubbing alcohol and GENTLY clean the printhead on the cartridge. Reinsert and try printing again. If it prints anything at all, keep going till it becomes normal. If still nothing, replace the ink cartridges.
exchanged the black cartridge (57): the printer told me there was a problem with it, that I should remove it and re-insert it. I did, the ink button still blicks. After several efforts the printer started to work again, printed one document and then told me there was a problem with the colour cartridge. I removed it, re-inserted it several times. Finally a test page was printed - everything was okay.
Then the printer refused to print anything - the yellow LED lamp blicks continuously. Have turned the printer on and off, have also shut down the computer and re-started.
The only thing that will work now is the black cartridge, if I remove the colour one.