When printing a document (using black ink) the printer prints in alternate 6mm wide strips with every other strip missing. For example, if you try to print a vertical solid line the length of the paper, it comes out as a 6mm dashed line
Try printing a test page so that it can clean the heads of the printing cartridges and it will re-align them so that they can print correctly. Do this by going to the control panel, clicking on printers and faxes, and finding your printer in the list and right clicking on your printer and going to properties and all the way at the bottom it will say print test page and click on that. It should work after that.
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Re: Missing lines of print in BLACK
Check printout for missing black or color ink. If
any lines are missing, that indicates a clogged ink
. Click on Head Cleaning
. Run Nozzle Check
. Repeat head cleaning/nozzle check 3 times
1. If no improvement, repeat cleaning/nozzle check
sequence up to 6 times
Depending on the severity of the blockage, after going
through this cycle up to 6 times (with fresh ink
cartridges) some improvement should be noticed, if not
totally cleared. If improvement is noticed, continue
the cleaning/nozzle check cycles until the blockage is
cleared. Slight improvement may be seen after each
cycle. This could require many cleaning cycles in sets
of 3 cleaning/nozzle checks but as long as improvement
is continous it should solve the problem.
to get air in the heads is by either
using a sloppy cartridge refilling method without
creating the correct vacuum pressure.
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This is caused by dirt/debrise on the ADF (automatic document feeder) scanner glass. You need to open up the feeder where your originals are fed in and look for a strip of glass that runs from front to back. It is about an inch or so wide. You need to clean this glass to get rid of the lines. Some models have this glass just to the left of the large main glass, but in your case I beleive it is in the feeder itself.
If you lay the print on the exit tray face up and open the cover. Look on the encoder strip, the clear plastic strip behind the carriage, you should see an ink or grease spot right above where the bad spot on the page is. Wipe the encoder strip with Q-tip or wiper with alcohol. Prints should look better.
Hi e-margaret. There's a bit of confusion here. Horizontal banding is due to LACK of ink flow to the paper. "Splodging" is due to too much. The former can be due to blocked/faulty print head nozzles or a faulty/empty-ish cartridge, or some less common problem like the waste ink pipe blocked. The latter is usually due to a leaking cartridge.
The first job is to mop up ink slopping around under the print head. Cut some strips of kitchen towel and fold them into 3 layers so you have a strip about 2 cm wide. Place them on the print head track. Turn on the printer, and as soon as the print head moves, pull out the power cord from the back of the printer. Now you should be able to move the print head carefully by hand too and fro over the towels. Repeat this with clean towel strips until most of the surplus ink is cleaned up. Remove the towel strips, replug in the power chord and switch the printer back on. Do a head clean cycle and nozzle check 3 or 4 times. If the nozzle check output looks OK, try a test print of a text document
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You have a build up of ink inside the printer. I had a Canon that did this. I had to take the ink & print head out, and tear a paper towel strip 1 " wide and 13" long or however long the paper towel is. I folded it in half down the length so it was 1/2x13. Then used a plastic strip to shove it under the part the print head sits in. Once I got the towel to the other side, I grabbed it with my hand. I removed the plastic strip used to shove the paper towel under. So now the paper towel sticks out both sides underneath the print head cradle. I gently pull the paper towel back and forth so the paper towel can clean off the ink build up. Hope this helps.
Do the test for running and cleaning new cartridge heads and the alignment procedure..
(Go to Start, settings, printers, right click on printer then click properties, cartridge maintenance.)
Other thing that might cause problem is build up of ink in right side of machine below printer cartridges.
You will have to strip down machine to get at this area.
Make a note of exactly what action you take when doing this so that you can bits back together.
I use cotton buds to get at the build up of ink or tissue wound round end of pointed object.
Go gently. When you have cleared what you can care reassemble bits and go through above procedure again. Check for any unusual noises that may denote part of mechanism has worn.
I'm having the same problem, with the black strip printing on the back of each copy i make... Its very annoying. the circlular lil rubber piece that helps the paper feed out of the machine is wet with black ink. theres about 5 lil rubber things that feed the paper out and ONLY one of those seems to be wet with black ink, so everytime i print, it appears on the opposite side of my document. If someone knows how to fiz this problem, PLEASE PLEASE get in contact with me. My name is Maria M. and you can reach me by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
It sounds like you have a black ink leak and it is smearing onto the paper when you print. I don't know any reasons for this except if you topped the black ink up yourself, and didn't re-block the hole you made. Then I guess the ink would gravity drip onto the paper tray while you weren't printing. Otherwise I would suggest changing the print head, but this might be expensive.