Prints light but OK from computer/but light or faded from copier
I have a relatively new cartridge. When I print out something from my computer the contrast is relatively light but the printing is consistent over the entire page. I have tried increasing the contrast to no avail.
When I try to make a copy from the scanner, the result is light but uneven contrast with some parts of the copy page so light as to be unreadable.
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Re: Prints light but OK from computer/but light or faded...
The laser beam inside the optics assembly of your printer has fog or dust on it and is not able to put up a dark beam on the drum to provide dark copies.clean the internal optics by opening the printer to solve this problem completely.
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On the pixma printer each time you remove a cartridge. you will need to do a clean of the nozles and print head. you can find instructions in your online operators manual. You hold down the wi-fi button and watch the Home Click Here to Search MG3500 series > Overview of the Machine > Maintenance > When Printing Becomes Faint or Colors Are Incorrect When Printing Becomes Faint or Colors Are Incorrect
Maintenance Procedure Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern Examining the Nozzle Check Pattern Cleaning the Print Head Cleaning the Print Head Deeply Aligning the Print Head Page top error light flash. 1 flash release prints all saturation levels2 flashes prints the head alignment chart. 3 cleaning 4 flashes deep clean and so on. or its a transfer problem and this case do a transfer belt clean, and a head alignment.
I would manually clean out the printhead, I believe for your model it is a separate unit form the ink cartridge. Please follow these steps bellow.
First you will need to remove the cartridges, then remove the printhead assembly then mix some water and isopropyl alcohol in a 50/50 mixture. You can either use a cotton swab to rub the water and alcohol on the printhead or you can soak the inkjet printhead for around 2 to 5 minutes. This should loosen the dried ink. It may take a few attempts and requires patience. Dry it on a folded paper towel and reinstall it. Print a test page to check quality. If the documents are still printing with poor quality, repeat and soak the printheads for longer.
Let me know if that helped. I had the same issue and this resolved it for me.
This is very easy to solve. Remove the drum and toner cartridge. Look into the machine where they sat. Now look up and you will see (a little aukward but its there) a glass plate the width of an A4 sheet of paper. Run your finger accross it. Look at your finger and will probably be dirty. This is the window the laser beam passes thru to hit the drum. When its dirty it does not allow enough ;light to the drum hence a weak beam and light printing. simples?
Print Cartridge Status
The Print Cartridge Status Light flashes when one
or both of your print cartridges are low on ink,
improperly installed, or malfunctioning. It will
also flash if you are trying to use the wrong print
cartridge type. If the problem is low ink, the light
will stop flashing when you open the top cover.
For any other print cartridge-related problem, the
Print Cartridge Status Light will continue to flash.
To check the status of your print cartridges, open
the printer's top cover. The yellow arrow on the
print cartridge cradle aligns with one of five Print
Cartridge Status icons.
It's possible it is the new cartridge, but it sounds more like the print heads. I had the same printer and same problems until I changed the print heads. You are better off buying American Made Printer Ink Cartridges Even If They Cost A Little Less Than Name Brands. I get mine from www.officeinks.com with a 1 year quality and satisfaction guarantee with free return shipping. I have used it once and had no hassle.
Light/faint prints usually are a result from clogged ink or air bubbles between the cartridge and print head (thus changing cartridge wont fix problem). Try printing the test page print from the machine (Ink Management -> set/ok twice). Answer the question(s) in the display and repeat this up to five times. The colors should be improved after 1-3 test prints usually.