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Several ink based printers have a built in cleaning process. The printer will move the print head carriage assembly to a cleaning station that uses some ink to lubricate/wet the print head to loosen old ink. It lets it soak for a couple seconds and wipes it off. After the cleaning process some printer will do a test page or even calibrate colors. If a print head is too clogged up or the inkjet too clogged the cleaning process will not work then you will need to replace the print heads. May times you can not get replacement print heads for brands beyond Brothers or HP plotters so you may need to obtain a new printer. Printer Repair Service in Miami and Fort Lauderdale FL
If you fault is according to user manual, a defective Print Head/Cartridge... The Print Head/Cartridge., maybe so clogged, and clogged up so deep that can not be cleaned in the normal way. Then, the printer can not communicate with the computer at this point. So you can't send the cleaning command to printer.
Here's what to do:
1. remove all the Print Head(s)/Cartridge(s).
2. Take out the Print Head/Cartridge. by releasing the lock lever. Look in the "Easy Setup Instruction" Step to find the location. Obtain a manual.
(You can download it from manufacturers web site)
3. Put the Print Head/Cartridge. in a plastic zip lock bag. (Test the bag is air tight.)
4. Soak the covered Print Head/Cartridge. in hot water (hottest setting of the tap) for 5 minutes. The high temperature will soften up the clogged ink.
5. Immediately install thePrint Head/Cartridge. (Must be be dry) in the printer, and install all the ink cartridges.
6. Turn on the printer. If this works, you should not have a working printer, Now then, Most Important. Start the cleaning process from the computer. Run the cleaning several times to deep clean it.
I think you need to do is reinstall you software driver for the print program and start with known parameters. Then you can try to clean the heads. You should get something out of the printer if the heads are plugged it might be a dot or smear on the paper.
This issues looking printer head problem. check the following Steps for cleaning printer head :
Click on the Start button if you have Windows XP. If you have Windows Vista, click the Windows icon that resides in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
Click on "Control Panel," then "Printers and Other Hardware." Finally click on "View Installed Printers or Fax Printers."
Right-click on the name of your printer and choose "Printing Preferences." This should open a new window; next look for a tab or button marked Maintenance, or something similar.
Find the button that says "Print heads" or "Clean the Print heads" and click on it. You may be asked to choose which print heads; choose them all if you are. Make sure there is paper and ink in your printer, and that it is turned on ahead of time.
Take out the page your printer has printed and see if there are any grids or boxes missing. If there aren't, then you can just exit the program--your print heads are not clogged. If there are grids missing, then click on the "Cleaning" or similarly worded button.
Once the cleaning process has completed, print another page to be sure that your print heads are no longer clogged. If they are still clogged, repeat Steps 1-5 until your printer is printing clearly.
1. You may have a clogged print head. 2. these print head are usually good 4 so many prints then will fail. 3. I heard on tech here swear by placing the head in hot water and unclogging it but I think in the long run that will be a print head replacement. I would contact the manufacturer and ask what cleaning method (manual) they recommend because each print head design is somewhat different whereas the operation is the same. 4. I manually clean with denatured alcohol and a Q tip. Some time works /sometime it doesn't .