Anything red or reddish does not print very well. I guess you'd say its not saturated. All other colors are just fine. The magenta cartridge is brand new, HP (not aftermarket). The old cartridge leaked alot of powder (toner) in the innards of the printer. We've cleaned up as much as we can. There appear to be two optical sensors that talk to the cartridge. I've cleaned them as well, but it's not an easy task.
We've run the calibration and cleaning routines several times. We recently replaced the fuser (a lot of fun!) but the printing problems have only shown up in the last few weeks.
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Re: Weak color (reds only)
Run the print head cleanings. Chances are that you haven't used the printer in a while and you have a clog. Also you need to clean your printer nozzles go to Start menu / Control Panel
/ Printers right click the printer and go to properties. It is in there
somewhere usually under a maintenance tab but unfortunately all
different printers have different software so you'll have to find the
clean button yourself. (you may need to run through the clean a few
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Did you use Epson Genuine Cartridges????? ALL…. Epson & Brother Requires Genuine Cartridges. !!!!!!!! That sounds like your problem. In Purchasing Epson's CX 5400, CX4600, & CX7400 and more, I found out that Epson does not like Generic Printer Cartridges. I also Purchased a Brother MFC-240C All-In-One InkJet Printer. That also does not like Generic Print Cartridges. Color that should be Yellow, will turn out Green, Blue Brown, etc. These printers have a CHIP that will detect if it is Generic or Genuine. When they see it’s Generic Cartridges, it will print lines thru the words, stripes across the picture and also do a mix match with the colors. It also will not let you print anything, if only one of the cartridges is empty.
I wanted to print only Black, and would not let me, because I did not have any ink in one of my cyan cartridges. Go figure.
That's what these Companies do., so they can keep selling the ink cartridges. Some Printers, are able to use Generic, and some are refillable. Some you can refill them up yourself and I heard, quite MESSY.
So I learned, thru trial and error, that you must use the ORIGINAL Genuine Cartridges for these PRINTERS. Some people say some models work fine compatible, but not mine.......
I had to replace the printer, but Epson, Lexmark & Brothers are always on sale. My Brother & Epson cost me $50.00 with Rebate. . IF YOU ARE USING GENERIC CARTRIDGES, MAYBE IT WOULD BE BE BETTER IF YOU DISABLE THE INK MONITOR. This is the only advice I can give you. The next step would be to disassemble the Epson, and clean the Pads/Heads. Click on link below.: http://www.hm2k.com/posts/parts-inside-your-printer-are-at-the-end-of-their-service-life
I located a page on fixyourownprinter.com’s forum, which had plenty of details about similar issues. If you find this helpful, pls rate me.
Shake the cartridges well, it seems that they become dry, try to replace them and check again, go to driver there is setting makes u clean and test the nozzels which makes the color more rich and at the same time it check the state of the cartridges.
You have to disassemble the printer and clean the prisms inside the black box within the printer. The prism for the red and yellow colors are near the bottom and face up, so they easily collect dust buildup, thereby causing weak or striped printing of these colors.
Actually magenta is the weakest compared to cyan and yellow using even K3 inks. Now epson is releasing K3 with vivid magenta ink. Using any color management I have found it very difficult to reach a real red without a lot of tweaking in my color profiles. Now it appears that Epson sees the problem and is changing magenta out for vivid magenta ink to solve the weak magenta.
try to adjust color saturation : Press Menu/Set, 3, 4. 2 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Red, Green or Blue. Press Menu/Set. 3 Press ▲ to increase the colour saturation. —OR— Press ▼ to decrease the colour saturation. Press Menu/Set. 4 Return to Step 2 to select the next colour. —OR— Press Stop/Exit.