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Multiple Problems Printing

This printer has not been used in a number of years and I recently tried to set it up and print off photos. After many cleanings, deep cleanings and nozzle checks and replacing the ink cartridges, I am now able to print off a photograph. Before all of these maintenance routines, I could only print vague colored lines with no resemblance of a photograph.

The resulting photograph has multiple problems that I am unable to solve. In black sections on the image printed, large plain black sections seems to bleed into other colors slightly on the border of the black color. Some shades of plain red sections print out blotchy and brownish red, while other reds print out fine. There are also horizontal lines going through the whole image, with larger horizontal bands composed of red and blue lines every 1/4 inch and in between those bands are smaller lines of blue and red bands alternating every millimeter.

I have also had trouble with the nozzle check function. After doing a nozzle check there are some horizontal white lines still going through some of the test stripes. The 6BK does not print out correctly as a gray color it only prints some gray lines, but not many at all. Even after replacing the cartridge and performing at least 20 cleanings.

This nozzle check also suggests I need to align the print head. This function of alignment is not able to be completed on my printer. It always ends in an error ("an error occurred during automatic print head alignment") and does not print out anything. It seems to have difficulty bringing the paper from the paper feed section into the printer, it grabs the paper brings it in and then backs out and then brings it in fast and shoots the paper out the paper output section. I have attempted to do the alignment both from the computer and manually from the printer. Once during an attempt to complete the print head alignment, it printed 3 rows of 6 columns and then spit the paper out. This chart does not look similar to those listed in the user's manual, so I do not think that the print heads are aligned still.

Any suggestions on what to try next?

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Re: Multiple Problems Printing

Replace the print head, and all should be just fine.

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