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Print Head Alignment. The alignment wizard doesn't work.

In Maintenance and print head alignment I finish up with imputting 15,15,1 and getting no nearer to alignment. Can it be fixed?

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  • Gerry Millward
    Gerry Millward May 11, 2010

    Do you mean that the straightest lines are at 15, 15 and 1, you then enter these values in the boxes and press "realignment", and in the next alighment print, the straightest lines are still at 15,15, and 1?

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Issue: Banded or streaked prints
Solution: Print Head Alignment MP530

Perform Print Head Alignment Instructions to perform a Print Head Alignment directly from the machine. If diagrams or ruled lines are misaligned, print head alignment is required. The print head alignment can be performed automatically or manually. If the automatic print head alignment does not work, adjust the print head manually. Automatic Print Head Alignment
  1. Press <ON/OFF> to turn on the machine.

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  3. Press the Open button to open the Paper Output Tray. Then open up and set the extension by pressing down the hollow on the front side.

  4. Execute automatic print head alignment.
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    2. Press <Menu> repeatedly to select [MAINTENACE].
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Manual print head alignment
  1. Press <ON/OFF> to turn on the machine.

  2. Load two sheets of Letter-sized plain paper in the auto sheet feeder or cassette.

  3. Ensure that the proper paper source is selected.

  4. Execute manual print head alignment.
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  6. Press <OK> to move the cursor to column B, and then use the left or right arrow to input the number of the pattern that has the least noticeable streaks.

  7. Repeat the procedure until you finish inputting the pattern number for column P.

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  8. When you have finished inputting all pattern numbers, press <OK>.

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    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible vertical streak

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    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible horizontal streak

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  2. Load two sheets of Letter-sized plain paper in the auto sheet feeder or cassette.

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    1. Press <Menu> repeatedly to select [MAINTENACE].
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  7. Repeat the procedure until you finish inputting the pattern number for column P.

    mp500_align_from_unit_1.jpg

  8. When you have finished inputting all pattern numbers, press <OK>.

    Note: For columns A through N select the patterns with the least visible vertical streaks. For columns O and P select the patterns with the fewest visible horizontal streaks.

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    <1> Example of the pattern with the fewest visible vertical streak

    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible vertical streak

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    <1> Example of the pattern with the fewest visible horizontal streak

    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible horizontal streak

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    a. Do not try to manually move or stop the Print Head Holder.

    b. Do not touch any metal parts.

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  7. Again, place the print head back in position and press down the lock lever.

    mp780_ph_inserted.gif

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    mp780_inktankclicked.gif

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  10. Close the Inner Cover 1.

  11. Pull the Scanning Unit Lever towards you to close the Scanning Unit.

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Automatically Aligning The Print Head Position:
  1. Load A4-or letter-size plain paper in the paper support tray. Auto alignment cannot be performed when the Feed Switch is set to [CASSETTE].

  2. Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.

  3. Press left or right arrow to select [AUTO HEAD ALIGN].

  4. Press <OK>. The print head position alignment pattern prints.

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Manually Aligning The Print Head Position:
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  1. Load A4- or letter-size plain paper in the paper support or cassette.

  2. Select the paper source with <Feed Switch> button.

  3. Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.

  4. Use left or right arrow to select [ALIGN PRINT HEAD].

  5. Press <OK>. A horizontal pattern is printed.

  6. Beginning from column A on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

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    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)

    (2): Good example (Most solid box)

  7. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column A on the printout in step 6.

    (A): Column
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  8. Press <OK>.

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  10. Press left arrow. A vertical pattern is printed.

  11. Beginning from column M on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

    mp780_alignment2.gif

    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)

    (2): Good example (Most solid box)

  12. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column M on the printout in step 11.

  13. Press <OK>.

  14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 to adjust column N.

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Perform Print Head Alignment Instructions to perform a Print Head Alignment directly from the machine. If diagrams or ruled lines are misaligned, print head alignment is required. The print head alignment can be performed automatically or manually. If the automatic print head alignment does not work, adjust the print head manually. Automatic Print Head Alignment
  1. Press <ON/OFF> to turn on the machine.

  2. Load a few sheets of letter-sized plain paper in the auto sheet feeder.

  3. Press the Open button to open the Paper Output Tray. Then open up and set the extension by pressing down the hollow on the front side.

  4. Execute automatic print head alignment.
    1. Press <COPY> button.
    2. Press <Menu> repeatedly to select [MAINTENACE].
    3. Press the left or right cursor to select [AUTO HEAD ALIGN], then press the <OK>. (A pattern is printed and the print head is automatically aligned. It takes about five minutes to finish printing the pattern.)

      05sj00165_02.jpg

Manual print head alignment
  1. Press <ON/OFF> to turn on the machine.

  2. Load two sheets of Letter-sized plain paper in the auto sheet feeder or cassette.

  3. Ensure that the proper paper source is selected.

  4. Execute manual print head alignment.
    1. Press <Menu> repeatedly to select [MAINTENACE].
    2. Press the left or right cursor to select [ALIGN PRINT HEAD], then press the <OK>. (The nozzle check pattern is printed.)

  5. Check the printed patterns and use the left or right arrow to input the number of the pattern in column A that has the least noticeable streaks.

    mp530_setvalue.gif

  6. Press <OK> to move the cursor to column B, and then use the left or right arrow to input the number of the pattern that has the least noticeable streaks.

  7. Repeat the procedure until you finish inputting the pattern number for column P.

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  8. When you have finished inputting all pattern numbers, press <OK>.

    Note: For columns A through N select the patterns with the least visible vertical streaks. For columns O and P select the patterns with the fewest visible horizontal streaks.

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    <1> Example of the pattern with the fewest visible vertical streak

    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible vertical streak

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