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Prints a few lines, then blank

I also have the printing blank problem, except I usually get a few lines (once, half a page) and then the ink fades out as if it had just run out. Any subsequent page prints completely blank. I also refill my cartridges. The problem began immediately after finishing a 980-page printing, including three refills. If the printer is allowed to 'rest' a day, it will print some of the document on the first page only. Very bizarre. I was resigned to buying a new cartridge, but after the similar problems I've read here, I'm becoming resigned to a printer funeral. Any ideas?

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The ink cartridges REALLY are designed for the original life of the cartridge. I'm not saying that you absolutely should not refill them, but count on refilling only once - twice at most. Replace the cartridge with an original and your problem will be solved. I see this all the time, but I usually get to charge them $35 and THEN sell them a new cartridge! You're home free Ed

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This is worth attempting to discuss with Lexmark's Tech Support line. Or take a look at www.fixyourownprinter.com

Posted on May 18, 2007

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Blank Pages Printed

Remove the protective tape from the cartridges:
With the printer power on, open the front cover of the printer. The cartridge carrier should move to the middle.
Remove the cartridge(s) from the printer.
Look on the underside of the cartridge(s). If there is yellow tape and/or transparent blue tape there, remove it.
Clean the cartridge nozzles:

Go to the Lexmark Control Program or Solution Center and run the Clean print nozzle test.
If a black cartridge is installed, you should see black lines only.
If the color cartridge is installed, you should see yellow, magenta (a reddish purple), and cyan (a dark sky blue) lines.
If a photo cartridge is installed, you may see different colors.
Examine the diagonal lines above and below the solid horizontal lines. These diagonal lines should be solid from left to right, with no gaps.
If there are gaps in the lines, you could run the Clean Print Nozzle page a few more times to try and clear it up or try the "wicking" procedure below to conserve ink.
If the page is faded from left to right and the wicking procedure doesn't clear it up, your cartridge is probably out of ink.

Clean ("wick") the cartridges:
Remove your cartridges following the instructions in your User's Guide.
Take a warm, damp paper towel and fold it so that it has about 4- to 6-ply thickness.
Set the ink cartridge right side up on the damp paper towel so that the ink nozzles are touching the towel, and hold the cartridge in this position for about 15 seconds. The nozzles are where the ink comes out of the cartridge.
Now drag the cartridge lightly across the paper towel in one direction only (left to right) until the bottom of the cartridge looks clean.
Turn the cartridge over so that you can see the bar code sticker on the back. Note: Only perform steps 6 and 7 if the contacts look dirty or corroded.
Using a clean pencil eraser, clean the contact points on the copper strip (only the little squares just below the bar code). Caution! Do not use the eraser on the nozzles that were cleaned, as this will damage the cartridge.
Using a clean part of your dry paper towel, wipe the eraser dust off the contacts; ensure that they are dry, and snap the cartridge back into the printer.
Make sure to install the cartridges following the instructions in your User's Guide, selecting Old Cartridge. Failure to do so could reset your ink levels as explained above.
Repeat the nozzle cleaning procedure one more time. At this point the diagonal lines should be solid.
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