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Lexmark printer cartridge won't print because I had it 5 months before installing it.Think it's dry

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Lexmark is spooky.
Take some denatured alcohol and a paper towel or rag .Dampen the rag and wipe the ELECTRONICS!
Shake the cart. gently.You can feel if its full.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

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After installing new cartridges my printer went berserk, going right to left aprox. Ten times before I stopped it. The damage was the lock tab on the black cartridge case. It printed fine for several days...


That's a shame, looks like you need a new printer now. Some cheaper ones are good but time out after three or so cartridges.
Lexmark is Samsung, not bad.
It's a mine field out there. Go for a laser if you use it a lot.

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This is a dot matrix printer. The way they work is there is a print head that has a heap of little needles with flat tops on them, and they push out at high speed against the ink ribbon, and the ink ribbon is pushed against the paper to make a dot. Then the pin is retracted, spring loaded.
Pretty amazing that it can work that fast, eh!
So the only thing that can influence the ink colour on your paper is the ribbon.
Are you using original Lexmark ribbons? If so, my recommendation would be to take a sample print to where you got the printer from and get them to demonstrate the print quality of one of these printers, then compare it with yours.
Dot Matrix printers will not produce print as black or as high a quality as a laser printer, for example.
Perhaps the ink ribbons you are using have a less than top quality ink in them, and there is a bit of "bleeding" going on - it can only be the ribbon.
Another thing you can experiment with to get the best print quality is the print head gap - there will (should) be an adjustment, and getting that right will make a difference to print quality.
Hope this helps you.

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The solution center shows a question mark on both ink cartrages, and says no comutaion with the printer.


Take the cartridges off and check the connections. Make sure that there is no dust or debris on the contacts. Also take some Alcohol on a swab and clean both areas with it. I would recommend a clean swab for each contact so you do not cross contaminate the leads. When you put the cartridges back in make sure that they seat all the way. I know that there are some cases where the cartrages look like they are seated properly but not.

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but unfortuneately ( and pardon my roman terminology ) your problem does not really have a solution
other than a replacement of the ink carridge. which may cost you too much.

printers are an especialy tuff problem when they break down.

1. always print out something at least every other day so that your ink flows properly and doesn't get dried out.

2. Always remove and store your ink cartridges in a sealed plastic container if you plan to not use your printer for a while, that will help prevent things from drying up and clogging up.

3. Never use alcohol in an attempt to clean the printer head or cartridges , it will only make matters worse and will dry things up real bad.


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Did you take the tape off of the print cartridge before you put them in? Did you install the software first then when prompted turn the printer on then plug in the printer (usb) cord to the computer? Did you go into the print control panel and activate the print cartridges that you put in there? Sometimes you have to tell the printer that you installed new print cartridges.

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Is it an HP printer? We had the same problem at work with print cartridges purchased at Staples. They have a major quality control problem. Your new print cartridge may be empty or dried out (died on the shelf). It's my problem at work, as I have over 80 HP deskjets, and Purchasing still insists on buying the Staples cartridges rather than the HP.

Sometimes if you shake a print cartridge really hard it may correct the problem. However, I would buy or borrow a black HP print cartridge and try it out in your printer. Works almost every time on the job. Good luck.


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Click on your lexmark maintenance tools and click on install new cartridge. This should fix your problem.

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