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Second "alignment" page prints after every document

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What you need to do is clear the printer's internat cache. Do do this, Unplug all cables from back of the printer. Leave it unplugged for at least 5 minutes. While it's unplugged, shut down & re-start your computer. When it finishes booting up, re-connect all cables to your printer & to the pc and turn on the printer. This should solve the problem.

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Alignment off


Try to re-seat the cartridges in the printer. Open the printer cover > remove the cartridges > close the printer cover > re-brick you printer by pulling out the power supply - black box behind the printer where the power cord is plugged in, and re-plug after 10 seconds. When the printer turns on, reinsert the cartridges and close the cover. Try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.


If that doesn't help, please try this approach:

  1. On your computer, go to Start menu.
  2. Go to Programs.
  3. Go to Lexmark 2600 Series folder.
  4. Select Lexmark Solution Center.

From the Maintenance tab, select Align to fix blurry edges. Your printer will then print a page and aligning your print cartridges. Try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.

Dec 11, 2011 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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How do you stop a test page from printing every time the printer is turned on?


Welcome to FixYa!

Here's how to stop the unwanted print out of test pages.

1. Let the printer print the test page.
2. Place the printed test page in the scanner face down and wait for 10 seconds.
3. Press the scan button of the printer to scan the printed test page.
Make sure that the printer scanned the document properly.

That's it. Every time you install a new cartridge, the printer aligns the print cartridge as well as testing/aligning the scanner.

Note: Try to look at the top of the test page, it should have instructions to place it in the scanner.

I hope that this will help.
Thank you for using FixYa.
Jas247

Mar 07, 2011 | HP PSC 1315 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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I have an hp 3150 all in one printer. Every time I turn it on to print a document it prints a test page. I am out of color ink so it doesn't print the additional numbers and lines to align the printer. I...


I know your problem and i want to know that have you changed or refill your cartridge?.

if yes
place one plain paper in the tray.
it will print the test paper
print it and place it on the scanner with the printed side down.
press the scan button from the printer
printer will blink the light for some time and stop blinking
now it didn't print test print every time you print

thanks

Jun 26, 2010 | HP PSC 1315 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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The HP Photosmart c3180 prints a color test sheet every time I turn it on even if only to scan a document. How do I prevent it from doing this?


1. Turn on the HP all-in-one.
2. Disconnect the USB cable from the all-in-one.
3. Press the sequence of front panel buttons below to initiate the print cartridge alignment process. The button-press sequence must be completed within ten seconds. It might take several tries to complete the sequence within ten seconds.

a. Press and hold Cancel.
b. While holding Cancel, press On.
c. When the Check Paper and Check Print Cartridge lights begin to blink simultaneously, release both buttons.
d. Press Cancel again.
e. Press Copies.
f. Press Paper Type.
g. Press Color Start Copy.
h. The alignment page will begin printing. If the alignment page does not print, repeat the button-press sequence in this step.

4. Once the alignment page is printed, place the page face down on the scanner glass and press Scan. The alignment is complete when the On light stops blinking. 5. Reconnect the USB cable.

Mar 15, 2010 | HP Photosmart C3180 All-In-One InkJet...

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My Lexmark Z 515 printer does not print clearly especially the second part of a piece of paper. How can I clean the printer?


Hi there,
To improve print quality
1 On the operator panel, press Options repeatedly until
Cartridges appears.
2 Press the right arrow button until Align appears, and then press
Select.
An alignment page prints. Once the alignment sheet prints, your
automatic alignment is complete.
You may need to clean the print cartridge nozzles.
Using the operator panel
1
Load paper in the All-In-One.
2 Press Options until Cartridges appears on the display.
3 Press the right arrow until Clean 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 your print quality has improved.
6 Try wiping the print cartridge nozzles and contacts, and then print your document again.
7 If print quality has not improved, try cleaning the print cartridge
nozzles up to two more times.
Using the Lexmark X5100 Series Solution Center
1
Load plain paper in the All-In-One. 2 Click Start Programs Lexmark X5100 Series Lexmark X5100 Series Solution Center.
3 Click the Maintenance tab.
4 From the Maintenance tab, click Clean to fix horizontal streaks.
5 Click Print.
6 Print your document again to verify your print quality has improved.
7 Try wiping the print cartridge nozzles and contacts, and then print your document again.
8 If print quality has not improved, try cleaning the print cartridge
nozzles up to two more times.
If the print quality does not improve after cleaning the print cartridge
nozzles, dried ink may be on the nozzles or contacts. To wipe the print
cartridge nozzles and contacts:
1 Remove the print cartridges.
2 Dampen a clean, lint-free cloth with water.
3 Hold the cloth against the gold nozzle area for about three seconds.
Gently blot and wipe dry in one direction (this prevents the colors in
the color cartridge from mixing).
4 Remove the old cartridges
5 Let the nozzles and contacts dry completely.
6 Reinstall the print cartridges, and then print your document again.
7 If the print quality has not improved, try cleaning the print
nozzles up to two more times
8 If print quality is still unsatisfactory, replace your print cartridges.

Hope this helps.
Thanks
Have a good day.

Dec 01, 2009 | Lexmark X5150 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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I get a blurry result when printing. almost as if it gets printed twice on the same paper


Hi, this usally is becuase the carttridges are not calibrated/aligned.
To align the cartridges:
(extrated from HP.com)
  1. Open the HP Deskjet Toolbox .
  2. Click Align the Print Cartridges .
  3. Click Align , and the first test page will print.
  4. Examine the test page and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the Align Print Cartridges dialog box.
  5. After completing the Align Print Cartridges dialog box, click Continue . The second test page prints.
  6. Compare the second test page to the onscreen example and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the alignment process.
Cheers,
Ed

Oct 24, 2009 | HP DeskJet 845c Printer

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Hp psc all-in-one 1315. At start up and after a print job, the printer now prints out a test page. How can I stop this? Thanks Colin


Dear Sir,

Welcome back to Fixya

After changing ink cartridge,did you let the unit do an alignment? If not, you need to allow the unit to finish the alignment.If couldn't print another "alignment page" since the print queue was frozen in "pending" status ,so open the printer and remove and re-insert the ink cartridges.

Then place that "alignment page" on to the scanning bed and press the printer's scan button. The scanner startup again and 60 seconds later, then it start printing the documents remaining in the printer queue.

I think it deffinately solves your problem.If you have any problem regarding this issue leave a feedback we were happy to assist you.


Have a Nice Day!

Sep 30, 2009 | HP PSC 1315 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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HP C6180 won't align print cartridges


hi Alignment of ink cartridges is very essential for the for the printer to print so first of all be sure that you are using geniun ink cartridges now lets try a reset on your printer press the # and 3 button on your printer together and then unplug the power cord from your printer and keep pressing the buttons now wait for 5 sec and while pressing # and 3 replug the power cord wait for the printer to initialize and see if it prints alignment page if no page is printed then click on the start button of the computer and then go to printers and faxes and then right ckick on the icon of your printer and click on printing preferences now go to the features tab and click on the button that says align print cartridges wait for the alignment page to print and now try and see if it prints fine

Aug 26, 2009 | HP Officejet J5780 All-In-One InkJet...

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When printing black, the first page comes out in clear black, however subsequent pages are printed in red. In doing a second document the same thing occurs.


Be sure to update your printer drivers with the newest (correct) manufacturer's drivers.

Also, make sure when you print a document you are printing in greyscale. Otherwise, you're wasting your color cartridge. Speaking of which I would try another set of cartridges, and aligning them using the software that came with your printer. Your color cartridge could be malfunctioning.

Mar 25, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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