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Auto head alignment

The auto head alignment in maintenance has failed several times. What can I do to fix it?

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Carryout a Manual Print Head Alignment If Possible.

Manual Print Head Alignment

If the results of Automatic Print Head Alignment are not satisfactory, follow the procedure below to perform Manual Print
Head Alignment.


1 Make sure that the machine is turned on, and then load three sheets of A4 or Letter-sized plain paper in the Auto Sheet Feeder or the Cassette.

Important. You cannot print the print head alignment pattern if paper of size other than A4 or Letter is loaded. Be sure to use A4 or Letter-sized plain paper.

2 Open the Paper Output Tray, and then open the Output Tray Extension.
(1) Put your finger in the rounded indent of the Paper Output Tray and open it gently.
(2) Open the Output Tray Extension.
3 Press the Paper Feed Switch to select the paper source where you have loaded paper.
4 Select Settings on the HOME screen.
5 Select Maintenance, then press the OK button.
The Maintenance screen is displayed.
6 Select Manual head align, then press the OK button.
The confirmation screen is displayed.

Note. If you select Head alignment print, the machine exits the process after printing the current head position adjustment values.

7 Select Yes, then press the OK button.
8 When the Print Head alignment pattern is printed, select Yes, then press the OK button.
9 Look at the printout. From the patterns, select the most even, least irregular patterns for each column and input their numbers. Press the OK button.
(1) Select a column to input the pattern number.
(2) Use the or button to input the number of the pattern.
(3) Repeat the steps (1) and (2) until you finish inputting all pattern numbers, press the OK button.

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    10 When the confirmation message is displayed, press the OK button.

    11 Look at the printout. From the patterns, select the most even, least irregular patterns for each column and input their numbers. Press the OK button.



    In the same way in step 9, input the numbers.



    Columns G to J are striped vertically and columns K and L are striped horizontally. For Columns K and L, the best patterns will be smooth and have no streaks in the border indicated by the arrows.



    Note. If it is difficult to pick the best pattern, pick the setting that produces the least noticeable vertical white streaks.



    (A) Less noticeable white streaks

    (B) More noticeable white streaks

    12 When the confirmation message is displayed, press the OK button.

    13 Look at the printout. From the patterns, select the most even, least irregular patterns for each column and input their numbers. Press the OK button.

    In the same way in step 9, input the numbers.



    Note. When you turn off the machine, be sure to press the ON/OFF button on the machine. Otherwise, the settings made here will not be saved.



    If it keeps failing then the next stage is to make sure that the drivers are fully up to date and if they are or the update fails to cure the problem then you will have to replace the head.



    Check for updates at the following Canon Support link



    http://software.canon-europe.com/product...

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6128_image_6.gif A4 or Letter-sized paper is not loaded on the Auto Sheet Feeder.
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Confirm the circles were filled in as follows: Good example:

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Bad examples:

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  5. From each group, select the pattern which has the least visible streak.

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    Example of the pattern with the most visible vertical streak

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  7. Open the document cover and load the head alignment sheet on the platen glass.

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    05sj00115_06.gif Alignment Mark

  8. Close the document cover gently.

  9. Confirm that U is displayed in the LED.
    If U is not displayed, press the <Maintenance> button several times until [U] is displayed in the LED.

    05sj00106_08.jpg

  10. Press the Black or Color button.

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