For some reason my printer will print numerous amounts of good quality test pages. the ink jets are clean and full however when i go to print a document it will not print at all. when i check the status of the document...it will occasionally say that something is printing or has been printed but nothing ever comes out
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Make sure that the paper quality matches what is in the printer. If set to glossy, minimal ink is deposited on the page. Also, check the print quality - draft quality provides a minimal amount of ink as well.
Sounds like the ink is running out at the same time each printing. Check the ink supply. The printer may not be letting you know the correct amount remaining. It could also be the ink jets themselves getting clogged and not distributing the ink enough to compensate for the amount of printing ink, on the page, in time to print all of it in succession. Do a test of no printing except where it seems to be missing and just print that area (print: selection).
I have a brother MFC 3240C. My Black ink stopped printing(initially printed horizontal faded lines and gradually got worse), the other colors were printing fine. I tried cleaning numerous time( 50 -100 times over 1-2 weeks ). Still no improvement. The way I print now is:
1. I go to Printer Properties
2. Change Media type from "Plain Paper" to "Inkjet Paper".
3. Change Quality to "Photo".
This takes a long time to print 1-2 minutes per page. However, this works for me since this is my Home printer and use it for printing only few pages here are there.
The best way to tell if your problem is clogged jets, or bad maintenance kit, or something blocking jets. Is to look at light stripes test, and see if missing jets are all in a straight row or all over the place. If the missing jets number less that 10 you can use jet substitution to avoid the streaks. If you are using Media Sciences or some other after market ink, check that most of your problems are not in the cyan area. Media Sciences produced a bad batch of cyan which clogged the jets pretty bad. The good news is that if their ink caused the problem they will pay for some one to come out and replace your printhead. If you LST (Light stripes test) has a smear the entire vertical lenght of the page. You have either a bad maintenance kit, or a piece of paper, lable etc..rubbing against the drum while printing
Hi jbasset285: Your printhead may be bad do to third party ink.
Try these steps first.
Diagnosing Print-Quality Problems
The Troubleshooting Print-Quality Page provides a good overview of the most
common print quality problems. To print the Troubleshooting Print-Quality Page,
follow these steps:
1. From the Control Panel, scroll to Troubleshooting, then press OK.
2. Scroll to Print Quality Problems, then press OK.
3. Scroll to Troubleshooting Print Quality Page, then press OK.
The Troubleshooting Print Quality Page includes instructions for printing the
Eliminate Light Stripes test print. These instructions are also provided on the next
page of this manual. The Eliminate Light Stripes test print indicates individual weak
or missing jets or an obstruction in the imaging path that affects a vertical band down
the entire page. Also, you may see color variation from jet to jet on the Eliminate
Light Stripes test print. Some variation is normal, occasionally occurs, and usually
self-corrects within a few printed pages. If a print-quality problem is not resolved
with the information provided in the Diagnosing Print-Quality
Horizontal white lines usually indicate the ink cartridge is running out of ink or has some clogged ink nozzles. Try the following steps:
Some of the ink cartridge ink nozzles may be clogged with dry ink. Use the ink cartridge cleaning service to try to clear them. Follow the steps below:
check if there is plain white paper in the Input tray.
Press Setup .
Press < or >to select Tools and then press OK .
Press < or > to select Clean Print Cartridge and then press OK . The unit prints a test page.
Examine the test page. If the print quality of the page is good, stop here. If the print quality appears to be getting better, run the Clean Print Cartridge utility again
If the self test appears better, Increase the copy quality setting (Normal or Best) and try copying again. If the quality is still poor, continue to the next step.
If the quality is still poor, one or more of the cartridges may be low on ink or empty. Follow the steps below to check the ink levels.
Open HP Solution Center .
Click Settings .
Click Print Settings .
Click Printer Toolbox .
Click the Estimated Ink Levels tab.
Replace any ink cartridge that is low on ink.
If the ink levels are not low, clean the cartridge face and electrical contacts at the back of the print carriage.
Open the front of the unit to access the ink cartridges.
After the ink cartridges are at the center, unplug the power cord from the back of the unit, and remove the ink cartridges. The power cord must be removed to ensure that the unit is not damaged during the cleaning process.
Clean the cross-hatched area of the ink cartridge with a soft clean cloth that is slightly dampened with clean water to remove any build up. Avoid cleaning the ink cartridge nozzle plate. Cleaning this area can force foreign matter into the ink nozzles and plug them
With a soft lint free cloth slightly dampened with clean water, clean the copper-colored contacts on the back of the ink cartridges.
Allow the cartridges to dry before reinserting them.
Close the unit, and plug the power cord back in.
Print a self-test page to check the results. Follow the steps below to print a self-test page.
Press Setup .
Press <or > until Print Report displays and then press OK .
Press < or > until Self-Test Report displays and then press OK . The self-test report prints.
If the problem is not corrected by cleaning the ink cartridges, replace the ink cartridge(s).
absolutely. that's a good idea, but unusual for what you're experiencing. The test page is generated locally, through memory on printer. The applications depend on the driver set, interpreting the print information.