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All of a sudden my red is printing out oversaturated. And it gets worse and worse with every print. Now my blues look purple, my greens are almost brown. I don't know what to do. None of my settings are different. I've tried restarting. Nothing works. Thank you Lauren

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  • laurenjung1 Feb 23, 2009

    Thank you so much for responding. Your answer was very helpful. Rather than ordering a new printer, I'll first try ordering a new CIS. Honestly, mines lasted through 3 refills (saving thousands of dollars worth of ink) which is much longer than I would have expected. There were no pools of ink beneath the cartridges, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    Thanks again,




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Hi Lauren,

It's likely that you have a leak in one of your cartridges that is cross polluting with the other colours.

Given that magenta (red) seems to be the cause I would recommend pulling that cartridge and check inside the area it normally sits to see if there's any obvious pooling or puddles of ink.

Also worth checking all the other cartridges to see if any of these are failing or similar.

This sort of problem can happen with various 3rd party cartridges that are poorly made without many of the valves or flow controls built into the original/OEM carts.

That's not to say that ALL 3rd party carts are bad, just that some should definitely be avoided.

Once you've identified where the excess ink is coming from you'll need to replace any cartridges, clean up any mess in the printhead carriage area (the part where the cartridges plug in) and then do a little printing until most of the polluted ink has passed through the system.

You may also find it's worth blotting the parking pad area that the printhead usually sleeps on for any ink puddling that's built up there.

If you need help with any of these things report back and I'll provide the necessary info... avoid too many cleaning cycles though and take your time.



Posted on Feb 23, 2009

  • Martin Smallridge
    Martin Smallridge Feb 23, 2009

    Ah.... wish I'd known about the CIS... it's likely that the CIS is overfull or is in the wrong position causing an overflow or similar.

    Either way, glad to help...



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