My HP 940c has been a real great workhorse. Uses little ink and prints quality copies set on DRAFT. A few months back (on cooler mornings) the first page would come out very light at the top and then be fine by halfway down the page.. mostly B&W printing. Last week it started printing blank sheets. I replaced the cartridges and still the same. I get no error message.
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When you click to print something, you will get what's called the Print
Dialogue box. Before clicking "OK", click the Properties button.This will take you to a screen with some tabs. Click on the
Paper/Quality tab. Somewhere in that window you will see some options
for "Print Quality".
By default, it is probably set to "Normal". That's the middle setting.
To save ink, you can set it to Fast Normal (better for ink saving) or
Fast Draft (best for ink saving). This means the printer will use less
ink to print the page. The final copy will look a little lighter but
certainly still readable.
This option "fast draft" will print very fast and also save your ink.
1. Unless you are printing a final copy of an item it is a good idea to always print in Draft Quality (to save your ink). HP Printers allow you to do this. This setting is generally within the Print window, when you select Print.
2. When you are printing a final copy then switch from DRAFT to BEST quality.
You can try to change your print quality to a lower setting. This saves a lot on toner. If you are not printing for anything super important you can set some printers to "fast draft" or "draft" quality and that saves a ton. I personally dont usually need to print anything of high quality so I went to my local "Everything" store(not sure if I should use company names) and bought an HP, the cheapest color printer they had which was $30.00 The black and color cartridges together cost about the same as the printer. But I use the lowest setting which is the "fast draft" setting and set it to print in black ink only, and only change that when I NEED something in color and it uses very little and prints very fast.
it sounds as if you may have the picture quality set to draft, its worth a check, especially if printing is ok. Does it print colour writing well too or just black, one of the colour inks may have a block or be low, go into printer settings menu and check what print quality its set for.
Mine always makes noise too, I don't know why. But I know that it's a lot noisier when paper quality is set for draft, so you might want to check that.
If you just go into the printer properties, under the tab that's something like Paper/Quality. There will be a drop-down list where you can choose the quality of your print out, i.e. Best, Normal, Draft or FastDraft. If it's set for Draft, you might want to change it to Normal. Draft uses less ink, but it also doesn't come out quite as clear, and is very loud.
The DeskJet 940c is not really the highest quality printer out there on the market. However, having said that, the printer is still capable of producing decent quality printouts. You might play with your printer settings for print intensity, lightness, ink volume.
1.Setting DPI values 2. Follow one of these paths to select your print options, depending on the software program you are using: • Click File > Print, then select Properties –or– • Click File > Print Setup, then select Properties –or– • Click File > Print > Setup, then select Properties. The printer properties box appears with Setup, Features, and Advanced tab options. 3. Select the Setup tab, then choose the following: • Print Quality: Best • Paper Type: The appropriate photo paper type • Photo Paper Printing: - PhotoREt for best print speed and quality –or– - 2400 x 1200 dpi for source images greater than 600 dpi (requires 400 MB or more hard disk space and takes longer to print) • Paper Size: Appropriate paper size 4. Select the Features tab, then choose the following: • Orientation: Appropriate orientation • Two-Sided Printing: Unchecked • Copies: Up to 20 5. Select the Advanced tab if you wish to make optional adjustments to color, ink volume, or ink drying time. 6. Click OK to return to the Print or Print Setup screen. 7. Click OK to print.