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Black ink fading in print jobs

I am printing lables. The first 3 rows printed fine,nice black color. The next 5 rows faded to grey. The 6th row-fine, black again.
Newer ink cartridge which shows half full on the printer display.

Test page showed black ink is only printing solid on the right hand side of the test bar. Thin grey lines across rest of test bar.

Printed a plain doc file just fine 30 minutes ago.
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SOURCE: printing black squares in word.doc

It sounds like this is an HP driver issue. HP drivers have built-in "optimizations" (that unfortunately have bugs) for things like printing photos. Different programs (word, for example) try to take advantage of these optimizations in different ways. When they work, they give superior photo printing (faster, with more accurate color). When they don't, you get black squares. This is why "converting" it to PDF worked for you -- Word printed it through the PDF driver instead of the HP printer driver, then when you printed the PDF file, that program avoided those optimizations when it sent the images to the printer. Unfortunately, the translation caused quality loss. If your goal was to print out something like a "proof-sheet" of photos, you might try the free photo organizer at www.preclick.com. It will print these for you, captions and everything, and should be able to avoid the driver issues.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007

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even though you have ink coming out of the cartridge, if it's more than a few months since it's pumped any ink, it can be clogged internally, blotting with paper doesnt always work. Try a new cartridge, or buy a new printer, it's usually cheaper now to get a whole new printer than it is to replace a set of cartridges. consider it's a few years old now

Posted on Aug 16, 2007

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SOURCE: Our lexmark Z705 printer only prints won't print black.

Clean your printer cartridge printer maintainence program or alignment or head clean

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