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Re: Can't do a test print to align new cartridges
Have you used a cotton swab (Q-Tip) with a gentle cleanser on it, to wipe both the metal strips/contcts on the bottom of the cartridges, and also the same items with which they interface in the printer's cartridge well?
If you can clean them very gently, you might find that they make better contact, thus allowing the print to work again.
Ink can be oily at times, and that will interfer with the contact between the two types of metals, which make the electrical contact to allow the printer to work.
Give it a try. Read the cartridge's packaging, as they may have some instructions on what kind of liquid cleanser to use. Perhaps an alcohol, like rubbing alcohol, or an acetone, from nail polish remover.
But you must be sure of what to use, otherwise if you use something too caustic, you can ruin it instead of fixing it.
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Turn the printer on and confirm that there is paper in the tray. After the new ink cartridges are loaded, the printer will need to run an alignment test. On the front of the printer, above and to the right of the paper tray, there is an access door that swings open sideways. Open the access door. The ink cartridges will move so that they can be reached through the door.
Press both print cartridges down until they pop out of their holders. If you will have difficulty remembering each cartridge's position, remove only one at a time. Once a cartridge is popped out of its holder, it can be lifted freely through the access door.
Prepare the new ink cartridges for installation by removing them from the packaging and removing the tape from the bottom of each cartridge. Be careful not to touch the delicate metal contacts on the bottom of the cartridges.
Install the cartridges by aligning them slightly below the holders, then pushing them up and forward until they snap into place. Close the access door when you are finished. A test sheet will begin printing to check the alignment of the cartridges.
Open the lid of the scanner and place the test page face down on the scanner bed. The upper-left corner of the test page should line up with the arrow in the corner of the scanner bed.
Push the "Scan" button on the printer control panel. The scanner will scan the test page into the printer's memory, which will then be used to make any alignment adjustments that are necessary. The printer is ready to use when the test is complete
On your computer, go to "Start," "Programs," "Lexmark Series." Click "Lexmark Control Program."
the "Cartridges" tab. Click "Change Cartridges." The Change Cartridges
screen appears, displaying the animated instructions for installing or
changing cartridges. When you have finished viewing the animation,
click the "Finished" button.
Remove the tape covering the print head of the new print cartridge. Insert the new print cartridge as shown in the animation.
the "Choose Cartridges" screen appears, select the cartridge(s) you
installed in your printer from the list boxes. Click the appropriate
box to reset the ink levels to full. Click "OK."
Automatic Alignment screen appears. Click "Align" to align the print
cartridges for best print quality. The printer prints a page with a
bi-directional alignment pattern. On the printed test page, locate the
number that comes closest to forming a straight line under the
bi-directional alignment pattern. Enter that number as the
bi-directional alignment setting in the Alignment Cartridge dialog box.
Lift the printer unit, and position the scanner
support between the tabs to hold it open.
The ink cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading
position unless the printer is busy.
Press down on the ink cartridge lever to raise
the ink cartridge lid.
Remove the old ink
Dispose of the old cartridge properly.
If you are installing a new ink cartridge,
remove the sticker and transparent tape from the back and bottom of the ink
Insert the new ink
Snap the lid closed.
Lift the printer unit, and hold the scanner
support up while lowering the printer unit until it is completely
Aligning an Ink Cartridge
You may need to align the ink cartridge when characters are not properly
formed or are not aligned at the left margin, or when vertical or straight lines
To align the ink cartridge:
Load plain paper. For more information, see Loading Paper.
In Windows XP, click Start® Control Panel® Printers and Other Hardware® Printers and Faxes.
In Windows 2000, click Start® Settings® Printers.
Right-click the Dell AIO 810
The Printing Preferences dialog box opens.
Click the Maintenance tab.
Click Align Print Cartridge.
A blue and black alignment page prints.
After the alignment page has finished printing,
place the page face-down on the scanner glass. Make sure the upper left corner
of the front of the page aligns with the arrow on the
Press the Scan button .
The page is scanned. When the scan is complete, the cartridge is
aligned. You may discard the alignment page when the alignment is complete.
Please download the manual from the link below and go to chapter Ink Cartridge Maintenance:
Calibrate your new blank ink cartridge, have some nozzle check, cleaning check, and printer alignment. This are procedure that new ink cartridge will have to calibrate before you use. Epson printer are very sensitive when capable of changing ink cartridge. Unlink HP directly work without any print test because the cartridge head and ink join together, Epson with ink cartridge and the head separate. Have some test on it at Printer Maintenance. I'm sure 100% works on it. Good luck!
# Hold the cartridge upside down, with the
bar-code label facing you and take a damp paper towel. # Use the towel to wipe the printhead of the
cartridge on the bottom (where the ink comes out). Wipe the printhead
horizontally in one direction only (left to right). # Continue doing this until it looks clean. # Then dab the cartridge on the towel to make sure
the ink is flowing. # Next, look inside the printer and locate the
carrier that holds ink cartridges. Caution: Make sure the cartridges are not
installed at this point.
1. Look for a shiny piece of metal underneath the
contacts at the back of the carrier. 2. Take a damp cotton swab (use water only!) and
wipe along the bottom of the shiny metal piece. Note: You may need more than
# Reinstall the cartridges, making sure you snap
them correctly into the printer.