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Re: Print is dragging on my HP450C
Dragging is caused by the over drive clutch not working. Open the cover and lift up the black bar with the stars on it. The roller beneath the bar should roll towards you but not backwards. If it goes backward the overdrive clutch needs to be oiled. Not easy to get to, you have to remove the top cover and left side cover and follow the roller to the correct gear/clutch.
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You need to clear your queued up print jobs waiting to print. Go to start/control panel/printers & faxes. The print dialogue box comes up. Double click on your printer icon to open it. In the box that pops up you will most certainly, see some print jobs queued up. If you do not clear/delete them printer is likely to return to normal behavior. So select and delete them. Then restart and print.
OK, Assuming you have Photo paper loaded in your printer and your photos from your camera downloaded to a photo software program. eg Adobe Photoshop/ Serif Photoplus etc. Bring up the photo/photos you wish to print on your photo software. eg click on the open yellow folder top left and open the fotos you want.Click 'Browse' if you don't see the ones you want. ( Open as many as you want to print.) In order to make your prints economical you can print two or three fotos on one sheet. Click 'File', 'Print multiple' and you will see format sheets in the right pane. If you only want to print two pics on one sheet click in the right pane on the two 7 x 5 sheet or, to print three pics of the same or different pics click the sheet with three frames on it. You will now see your pictures in the right hand frame and the format sheet in the right hand frame. Left click and hold on the pic you want and drag it into one of the boxes in the right hand frame - let go. That pic will now appear in the box selected. you can now size it to the box it is in. If it is the right way up eg portrait in top left of a three frame page click on fit to frame to maximise picture. Click and drag another pic from the left side frame to another box in the right frame. If you have chosen the three option sheet click and drag your next foto into the bottom box on the sheet. This is a Landscape box but don't worry. After dragging your pic into it look for an icon in the function bar along the top where, when you hover your cursor over it, says - 'rotate and fit'.(It's a square with funny corner bits!) Your pic will the be realigned to fit the the box. Having all the pics you want on the sheet click the print icon. (Picture of a printer on the tool bar.) when the print box appears click on 'Properties' and open the 'Paper/quality' tab. click the drop down box for paper and select HP Photo paper - gloss or whatever you are using. The quality will automatically set to 'Best'. Click OK and OK and the files will be transferred to your printer and it will shortly start printing your pictures. Bset of luck. Any problems at all, just get back to me. Cheers. Ian
The printed output is fuzzy, blurry, or grainy, or the edges of objects in the images are jagged.
Follow these steps until the issue is resolved.
Step one: Check your paper
Many papers have printing and non-printing sides. Load the paper with the printing side down.
Use the correct paper type for the project. For everyday documents, plain paper works well. For documents with dense printing, such as high-contrast graphics or photographs, use HP Advanced paper for the best results.
If these steps do not help, try a different paper. Ink might not bleed as easily on heavier paper. Paper that does not accept ink well is also prone to bleeding and smearing. HP designs its inks and papers to work together.
Step two: Check the settings
In the program being used for printing, click File , and then click Print .
The Print window opens.
Make sure the appropriate product is selected, and then click Preferences or Properties .
The Preferences/Properties window opens.
Click the Printing Shortcuts tab.
Consider modifying some or all of the options in the Printing Shortcuts menu to increase print quality.
Print quality : If the quality of the printouts is not acceptable, try increasing the print quality. To print more quickly, try decreasing the print quality.
Paper type : If one of the options matches the paper type exactly, select it instead of Automatic .
Paper size : Make sure that this option matches the paper loaded in the product.
To see additional options, click the Advanced tab, and then click Advanced Features .
The Advanced Features window opens. Consider changing the following option:
Ink volume : Adjust the amount of ink that prints on a page. For lighter images (less ink), drag the slider to the left. For darker images (more ink), drag the slider to the right. The lighter the ink volume, the more quickly the printout dries.
Step three: Check image resolution
Make sure that the image file has enough resolution for the size of the printed picture. Although many photo applications can enlarge an image or part of an image to any size, eventually the individual pixels become visible and the whole image looks blurry.
Here are some general guidelines for image file resolutions:
94 pixels per cm (240 pixels per inch) for images to print on smaller format photo paper, such as 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 inch)
117 pixels per cm (300 pixels per inch) or higher for larger format photo papers
Lower resolutions might produce acceptable images when printed on rough-textured paper
Step four: Align the cartridges
If the previous steps have not improved the appearance of the printout, align the cartridges. See the user guide for alignment instructions.
PSC 1600 User guide:
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00276605.pdfClick on this link or copy and paste the complete link into your browser. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
If your color improved slightly when running the printhead option then doing more should help get better results. Sometime the printheads get really dirty/clogged and running the cleaning option more then once is needed.
If you get a slight line running across the page (from left to right) usually the indicates dust build up on the printhead or ink carriage. The dust acts as a paint brush being dragged across your paper as the carriage moves across the page during printing. You can clean the bottom of the carriage with a Q-tip or purchase some cleaning paper for your printer.