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Color bad When I print a test there is no yellow ink at all and somewhat limited red.  So I assume I have a print head or two clogged.  How do I manually clear those?

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  • vroadrunner Feb 14, 2008

    I have same problem, no yellow showing at all. I started with new ink and did recommended cleaning several times, still no yellow, all other colors working and my ink showing only 1/2 cartridge. any idea how to fix only yellow? i tried to print something only yellow hoping it will get the ink going but nothing. Any idea how to fix it without taking it to repairs?

    thanx

  • Freddy35 May 14, 2008

    I have the same problem but a different color is missing.. I've gone throught the cleaning process many times and it doesn't change.. I just keep going through new cartridges.... Can this be done manually????

  • nycusa May 25, 2008

    Also have limited yellow coming through making all photos appear quite blue-toned. Have tried the clean print head action many times with no difference.

  • Cairse Nov 22, 2008

    My pictures come out red. I have performed the nozzle check, replaced the ink cartridge and done a head cleaing several times each but no luck. Thanks for any help.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    prints only mgenta, this is the second new cartridge, tried cleaning a ton of times.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2009

    i tried the solution above and now the printer says i need to replace the brand new cartridge. thanks alot!

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Follow these steps to clean the print head using the control panel on the printer:

1. On the Main Menu, press UP or DOWN arrow to highlight More Options, then press OK.
2. Press UP or DOWN arrow to highlight Maintenance, then press OK.
3. Press UP or DOWN arrow to highlight Clean Print Head, then press OK.
4. Press OK to begin cleaning the print head.
*NOTE: The cleaning takes several seconds, during which the message 'Cleaning print head. Please wait.' appears on the screen.
5. When cleaning is complete, you see a message asking if you want to print a nozzle check pattern. To see if the nozzles are clean, load a sheet of photo paper, then press OK to print the nozzle check.
6. Check the pattern to see if there are any gaps in the lines. If there are gaps, press OK to clean the print head again. If there are no gaps, press Cancel to go back to the PictureMate Main Menu.

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I have done that a few ink cartridges ago. It does not fix the problem. How do I really clean the heads?

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Follow these steps to clean the print head using the control panel on the printer:

1. On the Main Menu, press UP or DOWN arrow to highlight More Options, then press OK.
2. Press UP or DOWN arrow to highlight Maintenance, then press OK.
3. Press UP or DOWN arrow to highlight Clean Print Head, then press OK.
4. Press OK to begin cleaning the print head.
*NOTE: The cleaning takes several seconds, during which the message 'Cleaning print head. Please wait.' appears on the screen.
5. When cleaning is complete, you see a message asking if you want to print a nozzle check pattern. To see if the nozzles are clean, load a sheet of photo paper, then press OK to print the nozzle check.
6. Check the pattern to see if there are any gaps in the lines. If there are gaps, press OK to clean the print head again. If there are no gaps, press Cancel to go back to the PictureMate Main Menu.

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