Hi my mp530 printer, has a barcode like pattern that leaves strips of clear unprinted stripes just like a barcode. It scans ok, fax receive or copy modes,is as described pictures or text are similarily affected. I have done the deep clean, align heads, rollers top and bottom, in fact all of the choices available. Still have the issue.
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Re: Hi my mp530 printer, has a barcode like pattern
Try removing the printer from installed printers in Windows, and reinstalling the driver.Also test a different USB cable. If the problem persists, test the printer on a different computer, if it still does the ssame, then the printer has a faulty logic board.
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Cleaning a printer's printheads is an easy process. Here's how
it works (in Windows). Click the Start button (or in Vista the Windows
icon) at the lower left corner of your screen.
Click on Control Panel. Next, choose Printers and Other Hardware, and then View Installed Printers or Fax Printers.
When the Printer page opens, right click on your printer's name, and choose Printing Preferences.
the Pixma MP530, the Printing Preferences has five tabs across the top;
choose Maintenance. Again, most printers should have a very similar set
The first button is for cleaning the
printheads. You'll have to choose which printheads you want to clean
(the Pixma inkjet has five cartridges). The best bet is to choose All
Make sure the printer is turned on and that there's some paper loaded, then click on Execute.
printer will print out a pattern with a grid along the top and six bars
of different colors. Two images will display on your monitor that you
can compare to the printed image. In one, the grid and colors are sharp
and clear; in the other, some of the grid boxes are missing and the
colors are striped.
If the printout matches the sharp, clear image, simply click Exit and you're done.
the printout has missing grid boxes or stripes, then click Cleaning.
Once that's done, you'll repeat the whole process so you can ensure the
cleaning was completely successful. It may take two cleanings if your
printheads are really clogged.
If, after two
cleanings, you're still getting a poor result, there's a Deep Cleaning
option on the Maintenance tab that should do the job.
Hi Debbie, If the plastic
strip is about 10mm (or ~0.4 inches) and about the with of the printer, and if
you look very closely the strip is striped (with tiny very think vertical
lines).. .that strip is the locator strip… The ink cartridges read that strip
to know where the carriage is (ie the carriage reads/counts the strips and then
it knows where it is) Hence if the
stripe is now in your possession the printer doesn’t know where the cartridges
are and just keeps moving them back and fro hoping to “find them”.. sadly without
that stripe you printer will work no more L Sorry. Ed
5100 says the carriage is not moving back and forth correctly, look for any paper scraps left in the way, clean the encoder strip, the clear strip behind the carriage, sometimes grease gets on that part and gives the error. You can clean it with a damp Q-tip
If you have verified that there is no obstruction, nothing preventing the carriage from moving, then most likely fault is dirt, ink smudge or bits of paper on the encoder strip. The encoder strip would be the narrow long plastic strip with barcode like markings. These has to be clear in between markings as they serve as guide for the carriage to tell the printer where the print head is. Cleaning could be done with a soft cotton cloth that leaves no lint.
Dear louis, You have done right thing by cleaning the print head. If the print head still clogged after repeatedly cleaning, It seems that the print head need to be replace with new one. Make it sure by printing nozzle check pattern. Is it good or not?. Regards,