My Lexmark x4270 prints great with new cartridges but before the half level, text will become sporadic. Whole lines will be missing or very faint.
I have cleaned cartridges and jets with alcohol.
I have refilled cartridges ,with mixed results.
I have run repeated deep cleanings.
I have tried different quality settings.
I have tried auto-alignment setting and it tells me the tape is still on the cartridges-it is wrong.
I'm tempted to just replace the machine but that is so wasteful and a little pricey. Any suggestions?
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Re: poor and inconsistent quality from the black ink.
The problem seems to be un-even distribution of ink. try a different and new ink cartridge. Since you are refilling the cartridge, the ink inside of the cartridge is getting magnetized, there by, the ink stick to the drum of the cartridge and don't distribute the ink evenly. shake would clear it. you need to demagnetized the drum.
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Make sure you are using genuine Lexmark cartridges. Lexmark products work best with original supplies. Lexmark does not recommend the use of refilled, re-manufactured, or clone cartridges. You might not get the print quality you expect from ink that is specially formulated by Lexmark. Check your cartridge ink levels. From the printer operator panel, go to Maintenance > View Ink Levels. Replace the cartridge that has low ink level. If your ink levels are still substantial for printing and you are using genuine Lexmark supplies, please contact Lexmark Technical Support Center for further assistance.
Make sure you are using genuine Lexmark black cartridge. Lexmark does not recommend the use of refilled, re-manufactured or clone cartridges. You might not get the print quality you expect from ink that is specially formulated by Lexmark. Try to reinsert your black cartridge and make sure it is properly seated in the cartridge carrier. If error comes back up right after placing it in the printer, then it could be a faulty cartridge. Try to replace it with a new genuine Lexmark cartridge. If you are already using a genuine Lexmark cartridge, please contact Lexmark Technical Support Center for additional assistance.
Try to reseat the cartridge into the printer. If that doesn't help, try to insert a different known working cartridge to determine if it's a faulty cartridge issue.
Note that Lexmark does not recommend the use of refilled / 3rd party / remanufactured cartridges. These type of cartridges tend to degrade print quality and cartridge performance.
Hard to tell...There are other issues which could contribute related to the printer itself, etc.
But I will say in my experience often refill kits for ink cartridges don't work if you allow them the cartridge to run bone dry. Maybe the internal components become hard and won't re saturate with new ink, not sure. If new cartridges work; and the refills don't I'd say there may be a problem with them.
GO TO MAINTANANCE SECTION IN THE MENU TRY TO TAKE SELF TEST PRINT.
IF IT COMES THEN GO TO NEXT STEP AND TRY TO CHECK THE INK LEVEL OF THE CATRIDGES IF THE INK LEVEL IS LOW DO REPLACE WITH THE GENUINE CATRIDGE ITSELF.
You probably have an air bubble. Take out cartridge and clean the head and points with proper solution. Place tissue under the ink output area, and gently blow area where you refill. This will clear block. Gently push an unscented wet wipe under ink output, and make sure colour is uniform and coming out easily, reinstall it. Your mistype of cartridge as cartledge made me laugh, as we do get so angry with printers they nearly become human to us, and we wish they did have cartledge as we could shoot them!!! lilac gerry ps don't forget to reset ink levels for new cartridge xxx