Ink is fading fast while using brand new ink cartridges
I have returned 3 brand new ink cartridges because after using each one to print only 5-10 copies, the ink started coming out faded on the paper. I would take the cartridge out, shake it and put it back in, making the ink look darker on the paper but not for long. Then I would exchange that cartridge for another and so on. I am on the 4th cartridge now and it is doing the same thing. It must be a problem with my Canon printer--help!
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Try removing the print head again, removing the ink and re-cleaning the print head. Once it has been cleaned leave it to air dry for a few days before returning it to your printer and make sure the ink cartridges are fully clipped in. Let me know how you get on.
It depends what type of things you are printing. If you are printing text, you should be able to print more pages. If you are printing photos, you are using more ink per page. If you use more of one color, you may also run out quicker. You didn't say if you were running out of ink in the black or the color or both cartridges. The black cartridge is rated at 200 pages and the color cartridge is rated at 150 pages. This is based on printing pages that may differ drastically from what you actually print. Here's a web link that explains this in more detail.
Next time you buy a printer, spend a little more and find a printer that has a larger cartridge (check the number of ml (milliliters) in the cartridge). These printers cost a bit more but you will save on the cost of the ink. Cartridges all cost roughly the same regardless of how much ink they have. You can also look at websites that rate each printer cost per black and white and color pages.
This printer does not actually read the ink levels. It reads the documents getting sent to the printer and estimates the amount of ink used. You can buy a little scanner that resets the code on your cartridge to read as if it is brand new. This will allow you to use ALL of the ink in the cartridge before having to go buy more. This is a ploy to buy more ridiculously expensive ink than you actually need. Keep resetting it until your prints come out missing ink. Then you know you actually need a new ink cartridge. You can get this scanner on eBay or at your local electronics store.
Assuming that you are using original Canon cartridges or a brand of Compatibles that you have used before.
If print results are blurred, colors are faded or not printed correctly, the pint head nozzles are probably clogged. Follow the procedure below to print the nozzle check pattern, check the print head nozzle condition, then clean the Print Head. You may have to do this 2 or 3 times. If printed ruled lines are misaligned or print results are otherwise unsatisfactory, aligning the Print Head may improve print quality. Caution Do not rinse or wipe the Print Head and ink tanks. This can cause trouble with the Print Head and ink tanks. Note Before performing maintenance Open the Top Cover and make sure that all lamps on the ink tanks are lit red. If not, see Checking the Ink Status and take an appropriate action. Increasing the print quality in the printer driver settings may improve the print result.
YOU CAN TRY PULLING THE CARTRIDGE OUT AND WITH A CLEAN , VERY SOFT CLOTH , CLEAN THE HEAD GENTLY ....SOME CARTRIDGES ARE JUST FAULTY ....HAVE YOU TRIED RETURNING IT OR GOING TO CANON SITE AND TROUBLESHOOTING ?
If you print very much, especially with color, the best solution may be to sell the HP, and get a Canon MP520, it's super fast for an inkjet, the brand name Canon ink cartridges are much larger in (ml) ink, it comes with FULL ink cartridges, not starters with little ink. The color in is in individual cartridges C, Y M (they don't all get used at the same rate) so you will potentiall save lots of money. A Canon brand Black cartridge for $13 prints about twice as many pages as the HP $30 cartridge ... you do the math.
Oh yeah, it's a scanner and fast color&bw copier too.
$129 at walmart (the cost of about 4 HP cartridges) I am confident that you will never buy another HP printer.
..ajm Current owner of 3 HP printers, 1 HP laptop and 1 Compaq(HP) laptop, previously 3 other HP printers.