Hello, kodak5300 printer. tried new cart., cleaning heads,and calib. color cart. works fine. very faint printing with black cart. inserted cart. numerous times.
time for a new printer already! ANY OTHER IDEAS ?
thanks ! mike
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Most likely culprit is a dried up ink within the nozzles themselves. The best things for getting rid of dried ink in the nozzles is to use either a standard bathroom cleaner or rubbing alcohol. With the printer on open the door as if you were replacing ink. With the ink cartidges visable, unplug the printer so they stay put. Remove the cartridge and spray the cleaner in the where the ink is taking from the cartridge and clean it with whatever works. I really really good trick is if you have an old cartridge you can use a syringe to fill up the empty cartridge with your cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol. Insert the cartridge and run some test prints. This will for sure run the cleaner through the nozzle and hopefully dissolve the blockage.
I assume that you inserted an new OEM black cartridge. If you are using aftermarket of refilled cartidges, change to an OEM cartridge.
- Press on the printer
- Press of and select
- Press of to choose , or
- The machine cleans the printerhead and goes back to the Ready screen when finished.
If you clean the head 5 times and things don't improve, the printer should be serviced at a printer service center.
If you are using aftermarket or refilled cartridges the ink is typically not up to manufacter specifications and can gum up the printheads.
Indicates that the printer is using only color ink to create a black color. Check printer settings to see if you can set it to use only black cartridge. Also try printing with only the black cartridge inside if the printer permits, this way you can be sure if the black print head is faulty.
Assuming genuine ink cartThis worked for me on a HP printer
1.Try print black text ,and run many copies black only. I ran 25x12 times still no black. Run head clean after about each 50 sheets. Persevered and finally BLACK ink OK
Good Luck Inkypete
Often ink printers will get clogged. This is especially the case if it sits idle for a while between uses, but can happen even with actively used printers. Try running the Dell printer's Head Cleaning Utility.
This is usually found by going to: Start > Control Panel > Printers and Faxes
Rightclick on your printer's icon
Choose Properties off the new menu
From there you should see the controls for Printhead Cleaning.
You should see an improvement after about 2-3 cleaning runs. This does use ink, but may be your best bet to resolve the issue.
I find the best way to clean the heads is buy some cleaning cartridges as they have cleaning fluid in them and use them to clean it will take about 10 or more times to clean the heads then put the color ones back in and try again.
Just keep putting it on clean the head don't do a print out till at lest you have cleaned 10 or more times.
Clean heads, clean heads, clean heads, etc. Then do the test print to see if the heads are open. I had similar problem with an Epson, had to clean the heads often, finally got to where the heads wouldn't clean so threw it away and bought another one (HP this time, the heads are included in the ink carts, haven't had to clean the heads at all.)