Although my ink levels show that I have plenty of ink, the colors are not printing out true. For example, my red color prints out brown, and my yellow color prints out lime green. Also, anything that I print in black appears straffed (not solid). To correct this I have to do a maintenance cleaning each time. In fact, I have done a complete maintenance check (i.e. nozzle check, cleaning, head refreshing, roller cleaning, etc.) several times, but to no avail. Recently I replaced my cyan ink cartridge (6-C) with an Office Max ink cartridge equivalent. I'm wondering if that is "gumming up" the works.
Can you make recommendations as to what may be causing this problems and how to address it? Thanks, Thom
I replaced the Office Max ink substitute with an original Canon ink. This did not help. I decided this problem most probably had to be a printer head issue, so I gave up and bought a new printer instead.
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Have you heard of Wysywig? What you see is what you get?
Well on color pictures on you monitor you get wysinwyg what you see is not what you get. Monitors are backlit, so colors are much more vibrant than what a printer can generally deliver. Explore the printing properties of your priinter as there are adjustments that can be made to enable better quality and true to color prints. The paper you use to print out your pics is also important in producing color that is close to original.
When you view your pics on screen try adjusting the color hue to the point it becomes overcolored and try a few experimental prints to see what level of the slide is needed to be used to achieve a brighter more vibrant picture. I would also like to say that the Canon 210 , whilst it is a very good printer, is at the cheaper end of the photo printer scale.
Talk to your ink and paper supplier, they can often show you or recommmend printers that are much higher and more accurate in delivering brighter and true to color photos.
Need one plastic plate that you don't care much about, or a plastic disposable plate.
Tear off one section from a paper towel roll and roll it up into about a 1-inch diameter roll.
Flatten the roll
Soak the flattened roll in warm water
Lay the flattened roll down on the plate
Place the nozzle area of the ink cartridge directly against the wet paper towel
Fold the flattened roll as needed to support the ink cartridge so it stands upright.
The trick here is to make sure the cartridge is supported upright so the nozzles come in full contact with the wet towel surface.
The wet towel acts as a wick to soften and draw out the ink.
After awhile, you shoudl see a kaleidoscope of colors on the paper towel. This indicates the nozzles have been opened up and the ink is flowing. Try to print and see what happens.
Repeat as needed.
You press the ink button and choose cleaning option and test print to see if colors are correct, clean again if colors are wrong. The spillage won't hurt print quality when it's around the cartridge area. If you are using generic inks they sometimes are not the correct color.
There could be a posibility that you may be low on ink. The reason i say this is that you say it prints green. Green is blue and yellow. That means that your red is empty or dried out. If you are low on ink you will have a low or no ink indication and sometimes the software for the printer only has 3-5 diffrent indications.What i mean is when you see the data for your ink there are diffrent levels that it shows. Your software may not be able to diffrenciate between the colors just the status of say one color in your case it could be red.Therefore it would read 0% of ink avaliable but still be able print green. If i were you I would buy a new ink cartridge and see if you get the same results.