I've cleaned the heads, & checked the nozzles-according to the instructions, & it still prints in faded colors, w/ "spots" on the page & on the edges of the page. We've replaced ALL new ink cartridges & the problem is still there, it was there before we changed the ink also. Does anyone know where to buy a new CX5400, I don't want to waste the $70.00 I've spent on ink for this?
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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.
Blocked print head nozzles Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent blocked print head nozzles. You may have blocked print head nozzles. Try the printer maintenance to clear the printer nozzles. After several deep cleaning attempts and there is no improvements in the print then a new print head is required. A new print head maybe expensive and it maybe more cost effective to purchase a new printer.
Try to re-insert the color cartridge into the printer and make sure it is properly seated in the cartridge carrier.
If that doesn't help, try to clean the print nozzles. Please follow the steps below:
1. Press Copy.
2. Press Options until Maintenance appears on the display.
3. Press the right arrow until Clean Cartridges appears on the display.
4. Press Select. A nozzle page prints, forcing ink through the nozzles to clean the clogged nozzles.
5. Print your document again to verify that your print quality has improved.
If an inkjet printer has not been used for some time and several print head cleaning has been done and it still does not print properly then the nozzles in the print head are blocked. Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent nozzles blocking with dried ink. You need to replace the print head to get the printer functioning again. But these print heads are expensive to replace, it may be better to buy a better and a later model printer for not much more costs.
You need to clean your print head nozzles. Find menu on your printer and push the button then use the up and down arrows to navigate the options. Find the one that says "maintenance" and push "ok" or "enter" from your printers key pad. Then find the "clean print head or nozzle" option and again push the "ok or enter" button on your printers keypad. Follow the instructions to complete the cleaning and print a test page to make sure your problem is solved. If not, repeat the cleaning until the ink flows through your print head correctly.
The print head is clogged.Make sure black ink cartridge have ink and then try unclogging with cleaning tests in maintenance mode.If not help try unclogging manually.Open the cover and first remove the ink cartridges.Then open the holder and remove the print head.Run hot tap water and put the print head with the nozzles up to stream water.Hold that 5 mins then turn the print head around with the nozzles down.Hold that for every color of 5 mins.Then put the print head in hot water with the nozzles down.Left it water about 15 mins and then you must very nice to dry.When the print head dry put it in printer and start cleaning.If this not help you need to replace the print head.
Assuming that you are using original Canon cartridges or a brand of Compatibles that you have used before.
If print results are blurred, colors are faded or not printed correctly, the pint head nozzles are probably clogged. Follow the procedure below to print the nozzle check pattern, check the print head nozzle condition, then clean the Print Head. You may have to do this 2 or 3 times. If printed ruled lines are misaligned or print results are otherwise unsatisfactory, aligning the Print Head may improve print quality. Caution Do not rinse or wipe the Print Head and ink tanks. This can cause trouble with the Print Head and ink tanks. Note Before performing maintenance Open the Top Cover and make sure that all lamps on the ink tanks are lit red. If not, see Checking the Ink Status and take an appropriate action. Increasing the print quality in the printer driver settings may improve the print result.
The imaging bar has speck of dust on it.
Turn printer OFF.
Open the printer.
Pull out the transfer roller. Should have a big green handle. Do not touch the roller.
Look inside for a shiny rectangular block about 5inches x 0.5 inch.
This is the imaging bar. Using a lint free cloth with no chemical and no water, gently wipe this bar to remove any specks of dust/paper specks.
Put roller back.
Close the printer.
Turn printer ON.