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Printing faded Printing cards out faded, the dye film and cleaning spool have been changed but this had not improved the quality of the print. Is there anything else that needs to be done to resolve?

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Hello Emma,
Try increasing the YMC Printhead Power;
Go to your printers folder (Printers & Faxes / Devices & Printers), right-click on Magicard Printer Series, choose Printing Preferences, then Advanced Options. Expand the Color section, then expand Printer head power, increase the Yellow, Magenta and Cyan power. The default value is 50. Try changing this to maybe 60. Click OK. Apply the changes, then exit Printing Preferences. You will need to restart the application you print cards from for the changes to take effect.
You can download the user manual for your printer here;
http://www.magicardonline.net
(just enter your printer's serial number in the QuickSearch box.

I hope this helps,

Regards,
MC.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013

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Hi There, 1. Make sure there is no dye film stuck to the print roller. This will cause card mis-registration (you will see feathered edges or a blurry effect. If there is dye film stuck to the print roller peel it off using adhesive tape or similar (the dye film will stick to the tape). You can move the print roller round with your finger quite easily. Then clean with a normal cleaning card. Afterwards check your print start and end position (you may be printing off the end of the card - also snaps the ribbon often!) 2. Make sure the other pinch rollers are really clean. 3. ** Check the warranty status first! *** Remove the right-hand side panel (2 screws on the side, 3 at the back). Check for free play on the card transport stepper motor pulley (there should be none!). Check the belt tension is not too loose (motor is adjustable - loosen 4 screws)). Hold the print roller with your left hand while trying to turn the large plastic pulley. You should feel no play. The grub screw on the pulley can sometimes come loose (1.5mm hex key required). Do NOT try to use a ball ended hex key. This only rounds off the grub screw socket. I hope the above helps! Regards, MC.

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Printing lines on cards


Hello Richard,

Sorry for the delay in replying to your request.
You may have already resolved your issue by now.
The advice below may help others with the same issue though.

In the case of a damaged (scratched) printhead, the lines always run along the cards longest length (landscape), and are always in exactly the same place.
They are normally White, and usually very thin (just a few pixels wide). You would also see the line on the used dye film too by unwinding some film from the take-up spool (at the front of the printer).

Sometimes in the case of older out-of warranty printers, it is easier / cheaper just to avoid that are of the card using the card design. The image can also be rotated 180 degrees in the driver's Printing Preferences. However, if the card design has a solid colour background, or the White line is in the centre of the card, printhead replacement may be the only option.

Depending on which Rio model you have (Rio, Rio 2, Rio2e, or Rio Pro), different printhead assemblies are available as a field replaceable unit. Part numbers are below;

Magicard Rio - FG/M9005-794
Magicard Rio 2 / Rio 2e - FG/M9006-630E
Magicard Rio Pro - FG/3652-0160

All are available from your local Magicard dealer / reseller.

Prevention is better than cure;

  • Replace the sticky cleaning roller in the cleaning cassette as regular as possible.
  • Only use good quality blank PVC card stock (no sharp edges, or burrs)
  • Clean the printer regularly using the appropriate cleaning kit;

    Rio, Rio 2, Rio 2e (Cleaning kit part number: M9005-761)
    Rio Pro - (Cleaning kit part number 3633-0053) *
    Rio Pro - (Sticky roller kit (5 rollers +metal shaft) - 3633-0054)*
    * A sticky cleaning roller is supplied with every new dye film

Kind Regards,

MC.

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All of my prints are faded. i have always had these issues with this thing. every now and then it prints fine but rarely.


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You can also try and change the quality from "normal" to "best" (also located in "properties", under "print quality" or something similar). Also, you should always adjust your printer to best mode when printing photos.
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Hi !!

As you are using a new cartridge, check the tips below that might help.

In this tip you will learn that how to improve the printing quality. Today most of the printers provide you the method to improve the quality of the printing. In the following section you will find step by step instructions on how to improve the printing quality.

* Go to Start > Control Panel
* In the control panel click on the “Printers and Other Hardware” or “Printers and Faxes”.
* Double Click the Printer’s Icon.
* Click the printer preferences in the printer menu.
* Select high quality or best print option in the printer preferences.

In the Windows based operating systems you can improve the quality of your printings through the above mentioned steps.

Dealing with Spool File
In Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2003 Server allows you to adjust the spool file settings for any type of printer to improve the quality. Spool file is a temporary file that holds the document while they are printed.

A spool file is created when you send a printing request from an application such as WinWord. After spool file has been created, Application gets control and it sends the document from the spool file to the printer. Moving the spool file to a faster hard drive or empty disk drive can improve the speed of the printing.

* Create a folder on any drive and name it whatever you like.
* Go to the Control Panel > Printer and Faxes.
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* Select your active printer’s icon > right click > properties > Advance tab > find the spool settings.

In the spool settings dialog box there are two sub settings that allow you to control how fast should be the printing operation. By adjusting the settings in the spool file, you can control and quality and speed of your printer.

Some General Tips

* Always use quality paper.
* Clean your printer from dust and debris.
* Make sure that there is a sufficient level of ink present in cartridges.
* Set the printing quality to high through the printing preferences.
* Read manufacture’s manual for getting the optimized performance.
* Give adequate ventilation to the laser printers because they dissipate heat.
* Clean the corona wire and roller when you change the cartridges.

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Hello,

There are a number of single issues that can cause your problem in this case. The most common are listed below:
1.) Color cartridge expended.
2.) Print Paper selection incorrect.

From your statement above. I would suggest it is both item 1 and 2. Since, we are doing this assistance via chat mail, I can't come to your aid and witness myself what the results are and what your settings are for the paper type.

When you end up with a red hue over all over the print area the cause it usually a bad print head and selecting the wrong paper type.

To answer you question then, Yes, replace your color cartridge. But, first, try this method below to clean your color cartridge bubble jets.

When you go to print a job, always go into print setup or printer properties and choose the paper type as closely as you can to match the paper you are using.

The print head manual cleaning is listed below, it is from Lexmark. Below that is a process to clean blurry and bad print results. Although this is not specifically the case in your problem. The process to achieve resolution will also correct any problem your machine may be having. Remember, I do believe you need a new color cartridge. You will know with certainty however when you clean the cartridge head. If you do not see, cyan, magenta and yellow lines upon cleaning, at all, ever, then those inks are depleted. Replace your ink cartridge and then do these steps below the head cleaning.

Also, when ever you change a black or color cartridge you will want to run a print head alignment test and adjustment. There is enough of a difference in cartridges that this is quite necessary.

Please do not hesitate to give me as much feedback as possible on any issues and results you discover. You can use the comment text area below to respond to these instructions and give me the results of your tests and procedures.

Regards, Worldvet

Cleaning procedure
  1. Remove the print cartridges.
  2. Moisten a clean, lint-free cloth with water.
  3. Gently hold the cloth against the nozzles for about three seconds, and then wipe in the direction shown below.


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  4. Using another clean section of the cloth, gently hold the cloth against the contacts for about three seconds, and then wipe in the direction shown.

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  5. With another clean section of the cloth, repeat steps 2 through 4 above.
  6. Allow the nozzles and contacts to dry completely.
  7. Reinsert the print cartridges.
  8. Print the document again.
  9. If the print quality does not improve, repeat the steps for cleaning the nozzles and contacts up to two more times.
To Resolve Print Quality Issues (below is for blurry lines, it will resolve many other issues too, so proceed after replacing your color ink cartridge if upon cleaning you see no ink coming out and the cartridge feels very light and makes little to no sound when you shake the cartridge.)

Overview This article outlines various techniques for resolving a blurry print issue. Cleaning the print cartridge nozzles is necessary when:
  • Characters are not printing completely.
  • White dashes appear in graphics or printed text.
  • Print is smudged or too dark.
  • Vertical, straight lines are not smooth.
  • Colors on print jobs are faded, or they differ from the colors on the screen.
Clean the Print Cartridge Nozzles using the Computer
    1. Load plain paper.
    2. Open the Lexmark Solution Center (go to Start, Programs, Lexmark XXXX Series, Lexmark Solution Center).
    3. From the Maintenance tab, click Clean to fix horizontal streaks.
    4. Click Print. A nozzle page prints, forcing ink through to clean the clogged nozzles.
    5. Print the document again to verify that print quality has improved.
    6. If print quality has not improved, try cleaning the print cartridge nozzles up to two more times.
Clean and Wick the Cartridge
  1. Try cleaning and wicking the cartridge to help improve the print quality. See this article for directions.
  2. When this step is complete, try to run the clean print nozzles (CPN) operation again.
Auto Alignment · Align the print cartridges
Align the print cartridges after installing them to improve print quality. To do this:
    1. Load plain paper.
    2. Open the Lexmark Solution Center.
    3. From the Maintenance tab, click Align to fix blurry edges.
    4. Click Print. NOTE: Discard the page after it prints.
User the Quality Settings in Print Properties
Print Properties is the software that controls the printing function when the All-In-One is connected to a computer. You can change the settings in Print Properties based on the type of project you want to create. Do the following:
  1. With a document open, click File, Print.
  2. In the Print dialog, click the Properties (or Preferences, or Options, or Setup) button. The Print Properties screen appears.

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    Click here for an enlarged view.
  3. Try changing the following settings to see if your print quality improves:

    Quality/Copies

    Quality/Speed
    Multiple Copies·Specify how the All-In-One should print several copies of a single print job: collated or uncollated.
    Print Color images in Black and White·Select this to print color images in black and white.

    Paper Setup

    Paper Type·Select the type of paper you are using, or allow the printer sensor to select the paper type for you.
    Paper Size·Select the size of the paper you are using, and specify whether or not you want to print borderless.
    Orientation·Specify how you want the document oriented on the printed page - portrait or landscape.

    Print Layout
    Layout·Select the print layout you require.
    Duplexing·Select this option when you want to print on both sides of the paper.
Save Settings
From the Save Settings menu, you can name and save the current Print Properties settings for future use. You can save up to five custom settings
I Want To
The I Want To menu appears when you open Print Properties. It contains a variety of task wizards·printing a banner, printing a poster, printing a photograph, printing an envelope, printing on both sides of the paper·to help you select the correct print settings for a project.
Check the Media

If the print is still blurry, try printing the same image on a different media brand/type: plain paper designed for use with inkjet printerscard stockgreeting cards, index cards, postcards, or photo cardscoated paperphoto or glossy papertransparenciesiron-on transfersbanner paper

Use the Lexmark Photo Editor

Try printing a higher quality image, or print an image from a different source.



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Mis-register


Hi There, 1. Make sure there is no dye film stuck to the print roller. This will cause card mis-registration (you will see feathered edges or a blurry effect. If there is dye film stuck to the print roller peel it off using adhesive tape or similar (the dye film will stick to the tape). You can move the print roller round with your finger quite easily. Then clean with a normal cleaning card. Afterwards check your print start and end position (you may be printing off the end of the card - also snaps the ribbon often!) 2. Make sure the other pinch rollers are really clean. 3. ** Check the warranty status first! *** Remove the right-hand side panel (2 screws on the side, 3 at the back). Check for free play on the card transport stepper motor pulley (there should be none!). Check the belt tension is not too loose (motor is adjustable - loosen 4 screws)). Hold the print roller with your left hand while trying to turn the large plastic pulley. You should feel no play. The grub screw on the pulley can sometimes come loose (1.5mm hex key required). Do NOT try to use a ball ended hex key. This only rounds off the grub screw socket. I hope the above helps! Regards, MC.

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