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I've just bought an s520 printer secondhand but the prints are very grainy despite high quality print setting. Can't get the right nozzle check pattern on red or yellow even after deep clean. are nozzles blocked or print head worn out? How do I repair?

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Try a new cartridge, how good is paper your using, glossy sometimes does not accept ink welll.

Use some alcohol to clean bottom of cartridge.Rubbing alcohol if u have it. use a Qtip to clean inside printer

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  3. Press the right arrow until Clean Cartridges appears on the display.
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Try these steps first:

1. Check ink level.


2. Nozzle Check Pattern
  1. Load A4- or letter-size plain paper in the Auto Sheet Feeder (ASF) or cassette.

  2. Press the <Feed Switch> button to select the appropriate paper source.

  3. Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.

  4. Press <OK>.
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  5. Confirm the pattern is not broken, missing, or a specific color is not printed.



3. Print Head Cleaning / Head Refreshing If the printed Nozzle Check Pattern is broken, missing, or a specific color is not printed, clean the print head.
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  2. Press the left [<] or right [>] arrow buttons to select the cleaning setting you want. Select [HEAD CLEANING] or [HEAD REFRESHING] for deep print head cleaning.

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  3. Press the <OK> button.

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You can also try using a higher quality print settings as follows:

Change the Print Quality Settings (Windows) The Quality setting controls how finely ink droplets are placed on the printed page. Depending on the type of paper being used a higher Print Quality setting does not always insure a better print. Print speed will decrease as the Print Quality setting is increased. Follow the instructions below to change the print quality settings in the Canon printer driver for the Windows operating system through a printing application.
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    Note: Depending on the Application software, 'Properties' may be displayed as 'Preferences'.

  2. Set the desired print quality in the 'Print Quality' section.

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  2. In the Set Print Quality dialog drag the slide bar from 'Fast' to 'Fine' to select the print quality.

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    Note: There are five options in 'Quality'. However, selectable options are limited depending on the media type.

  3. Select 'Auto', 'Dither', or 'Diffusion' from the 'Halftoning' section.


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