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This is a Thermal Printer, which means it uses tiny hot wires to create dots on special paper to form the characters. There may be little to nothing you can do to make output better. You can try unplugging the unit from the power source and using a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to clean any paper fibers or residue from the face of the print head. More likely than not however is the possibility that you will have to have the print head replaced in order to restore crisp printouts. These print heads, much like the older dot-matrix print heads, have a limited lifetime because of the way they function.

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Cleaning head and nozzles


Cleaning the Print Head


r_bullet.gifUsing the Head Cleaning utility
r_bullet.gifUsing the control panel buttons

If you find that the printout is unexpectedly faint or some dots are missing, you may be able to solve these problems by cleaning the print head, which ensures that the nozzles are delivering ink properly.

You can clean the print head from your computer using the Head Cleaning utility in the printer software or from this product itself by using the control panel buttons.


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  • Print head cleaning uses both color and black inks. To avoid wasting ink, clean the print head only if the copy quality drops (for example, blurred printout, incorrect or missing color.)
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  • Use the nozzle check first to confirm that the print head needs to be cleaned. This saves ink.
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  • When the Error light is on and a message appears on the LCD panel to prompt you to replace the ink cartridge or to indicate the ink is low, you cannot clean the print head. In this case, replace the appropriate ink cartridge first.


Using the Head Cleaning utility

Refer to the appropriate section below to use the Head Cleaning utility.


For Windows

Follow the steps below to clean the print head using the Head Cleaning utility.


r_1.gifMake sure that A4 or Letter size paper is loaded in the sheet feeder.


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r_3.gifAccess the printer software.r_arrow2.gifAccessing the Printer Software for Windows


r_4.gifClick the Maintenance tab, then click the Head Cleaning button.


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Head cleaning... appears on the LCD panel while this product performs the cleaning cycle.


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r_6.gifWhen Head cleaning... disappears from the LCD panel, click Print Nozzle Check Pattern in the Head Cleaning dialog box to confirm that the print head is clean.


Good: print head does not need to be cleaned yet.


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Not Good: print head needs to be cleaned.


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If the nozzle check page does not print satisfactorily, you may need to repeat the head cleaning and print the nozzle check pattern again. See Cleaning the Print Head.


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  • If the copy quality has not improved after repeating this procedure four or five times, turn this product off and leave it alone overnight. Then, perform the nozzle check again and repeat the head cleaning if necessary.
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  • If the copy quality still has not improved, one or both of your ink cartridges may be old or damaged and may need to be replaced. To replace an ink cartridge before it is empty, see Replacing an Ink Cartridge. If the copy quality remains a problem after replacing the ink cartridges, contact your dealer.
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  • To maintain good copy quality, we recommend copying a few pages at least once every month.

Apr 14, 2013 | Epson Stylus CX6400 All-In-One InkJet...

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My Canon 8530 printouts has wiped-out/faint prints in between prints. when you at the photocopy made by canon 8530 copier, you will see that some horizontal portion of the copy are faint or wiped-out and...


hi

please press the maintance of the printer and perform a Clean Print Head operations

either form you PC or from the printer directly.

Clean the print head and you should get better output

good luck

Aug 29, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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HI, can you tell me the procedure for 'cleaning the ink heads' on my EPSON STYLUS DX4400, Please. thank you, MARK


  1. Open the Printers or Printers and Faxes folder.
    In Windows 7, click Start then Devices and Printers. In other versions of Windows:
    • Click Start > Settings > Printers, or
    • Click Start > Printers, or
    • Click Start > Control Panel then double-click on:
      • Printers, or
      • Printers and Faxes, or
      • Printers and Other Hardware then View Installed Printers.

    • See How to open the Printers or Printers and Faxes folder in Windows in the Related Articles section for detailed instructions.


  2. Right-click on the icon for your printer and select Printing Preferences.

    Example: Windows Vista


  3. This will display the Printing Preferences window.
  4. Click on the Maintenance (or Utility) tab.


  5. Click on Head Cleaning. This will launch the utility.
  6. Click Start and wait for the printer to finish the first cleaning cycle.


    caution.gif Caution: Never turn off the printer while the On light is flashing. Doing so may damage the printer.



  7. Click Print Nozzle Check Pattern. This procedure will confirm the effectiveness of the head clean. You can also access the print Nozzle Check option from the Maintenance or Utility menu.


  8. Click Print.


  9. The printer will print a nozzle check. Compare the print out with the next window. If there are gaps, the print out is faint, click Clean, and then Finish when the procedure is complete.


    • If the nozzle check prints correctly (showing no breaks in the pattern), but the text is still broken you may need to run the Print Head Alignment utility - see How do I use the Print Head Alignment utility? for assistance.
  • If the nozzle check is complete, click Finish.
  • If there are gaps or faint print on your printout click Clean.


If gaps are still present, perform another head clean (without printing a nozzle check between the cleans). Once the second clean is complete, power off the printer.
Wait one minute before powering it back on, then print a nozzle check. Compare the printout with the example window (above).
  • If it is complete, click Finish.
  • If there are gaps or faint print on your printout carry out another set of head cleans.
  • We recommend only a maximum of six head cleans.

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it and give a testimonial for my response. Happy New Year!

Thanks, Joe

Jan 10, 2011 | Epson Office Equipment & Supplies

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PRINTING ON PAGE IS VERY FADED AND SOME PARTS NOT PRINTING AT ALL


First, checkthat the USB cable is secure in both the printer and the computer and that theprinter is sitting on a flat surface. The printer may not work if it is tilted.

Next, run a printer check to make sure the printer is operational. To run aprinter check, turn off the printer and the computer and unplug the USB cable.Turn on the printer and press the Maintenance button. Use the down arrow buttonon the printer to highlight More Options on the display screen and press OK.Highlight Nozzle Check and press OK twice. If a page prints out, reinstall theR300 software on your computer.
Lines inPrintout
R300 mayproduce printouts with light horizontal lines that are not a part of theprintout. This is called banding and can have several causes. First, trycleaning the printer head to clear any clogged nozzles. To clean the printerhead on the R300, press the down arrow button to highlight More Options andpress OK. Use the arrow buttons to highlight Head Cleaning and press OK twice.The printer will take about 30 seconds to clean the print head, after which youshould run a printer check as described above. If the printout has gaps, pressthe STOP button to run the print head cleaning feature again. Once there are nogaps in the printout, press OK.

If the printout still has banding, open the Print window on your computer andclick on Properties. In the Properties window you can choose the print quality,speed and printer type. Select a higher print quality and a lower speed andmake sure the paper type matches the type you are using for the printout.

Finally, check that the ink cartridges are not empty or close to empty andreplace them as needed.
Faint Printout
If your printout looksfaint or faded when using the R300, try cleaning the print head. Next, replaceany ink cartridges that are old, low on ink or out of ink. Check that the papersetting on the computer matches the type of paper you are using for theprintout.

Another potential cause of faded printouts is incorrectly loaded paper. Sometypes of paper have a printable side that is whiter or shinier on one sidecompared to the other. The printable side of the paper needs to be loaded intothe printer face up.

Nov 20, 2010 | Epson Stylus Photo R300 InkJet Printer

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How do I print the nozzle check pattern?


Dear Sir,

plz flow this step for solve your probelm


These are the 2 important features for maintenance of your printer.


Nozzle Check


If your printouts are unexpectedly faint or have some missing dots or lines, it means that certain colour ink does not flow out nicely and consistantly. This is when you need to perform a nozzle check. If your nozzle pattern is good, then, your printouts will be good and nice as well. If your nozzle pattern breaks at certain parts, it means you need to clean the print head. Here's how to perform a nozzle check:
1. Click Start



2. Click Control Panel



3. Click Printers and Faxes



4. Right click your printer icon



5. Click Printing Preference



6. Click Maintenance



7. Click Nozzle Check



8. Click Print



9. Click Finish (if the nozzle pattern is perfect) OR



10.Click Clean (if the nozzle pattern breaks at certain places)


The following is the sample of good nozzle pattern and a bad nozzle pattern:

Good nozzle pattern:


good+nozzle+pattern.bmp
Bad nozzle pattern (Head Cleaning needed):



bad+nozzle+pattern.bmp

Head Cleaning



Head cleaning is required when the nozzle pattern is not perfect. Usually, this action is needed when you have printed a lot or you have taken out the cartridge for refilling or for other purposes. Here's how to perform a head cleaning:

1. Click Start



2. Click Control Panel



3. Click Printers and Faxes



4. Right click your printer icon



5. Click Printing Preference



6. Click Maintenance



7. Click Head Cleaning



8. Click Start



9. Click Print Nozzle Patterns (to check the ink flow after cleaning)
Thanks For Your Time,

Apr 08, 2010 | Canon PIXMA iP1800 InkJet Photo Printer

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Banding


If your print head alignment is good, try printing at the slowest setting for the mean time until the banding is gone.

Jan 14, 2010 | Epson Stylus 1400 InkJet Photo Printer

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The 3eBK head stopped printing.


Try below some steps which might help you resolve the problem.

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.
  1. Press the <Menu> button on the printers operation panel repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears in the LCD.
  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.

    Note: [HEAD REFRESHING] uses more ink than [HEAD CLEANING], so perform [HEAD REFRESHING] only when necessary.
  3. Press the <OK> button.
  4. Print a Nozzle Check Pattern and perform at least two Head Refreshings if the pattern is not correct.
If this does not help, try removing the print head and then install it again. Once place, dont forget to aligh the head. Following are the steps:

Reseat Print Head Reseating the print head is seldomly needed to be done.
  1. Press the Open Button (1) to open the Paper Output Tray (2).

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  2. Raise the Scanning Unit until it stops.
    1. Pull and hold the Scanning Unit Lever towards you, then raise the Scanning Unit.
    2. The Print Head Holder moves to the middle.

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  3. Open the Inner Cover 1.

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  4. Open the Inner Cover 2.

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    CAUTION:

    a. Do not try to manually move or stop the Print Head Holder.

    b. Do not touch any metal parts.
  5. Press the ink tank's tab (1), then remove it from the slot (2).

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    IMPORTANT:
    Handle ink tanks carefully to avoid staining clothing or the surrounding area.
  6. Lift up the lock lever and take out the print head.

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  7. Again, place the print head back in position and press down the lock lever.

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  8. Insert the ink tank into the empty slot on the print head. Press down gently on the ink tank until an audible click is heard. Make sure the ink tank is in the correct slot.

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    IMPORTANT:

    a. Make sure that the ink tank is inserted in the slot that corresponds to the ink tank's color.

    b. If the ink tank is inserted in the wrong slot, perform two head refreshings.
  9. Close the Inner Cover 2.
  10. Close the Inner Cover 1.
  11. Pull the Scanning Unit Lever towards you to close the Scanning Unit.
  12. Align the print head position after the print head is installed. You can align the print head position either automatically or manually. When automatic alignment does not work well, align the print head position manually.
Automatically Aligning The Print Head Position:
  1. Load A4-or letter-size plain paper in the paper support tray. Auto alignment cannot be performed when the Feed Switch is set to [CASSETTE].
  2. Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.
  3. Press left or right arrow to select [AUTO HEAD ALIGN].
  4. Press <OK>. The print head position alignment pattern prints.
  5. Check the printed pattern. If the printed pattern matches the illustration, the print head position alignment is complete.
Manually Aligning The Print Head Position:
When automatic alignment does not work well, align the print head position manually.
  1. Load A4- or letter-size plain paper in the paper support or cassette.
  2. Select the paper source with <Feed Switch> button.
  3. Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.
  4. Use left or right arrow to select [ALIGN PRINT HEAD].
  5. Press <OK>. A horizontal pattern is printed.
  6. Beginning from column A on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

    mp780_alignment1.gif

    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)

    (2): Good example (Most solid box)
  7. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column A on the printout in step 6.

    (A): Column
    (0): Select pattern number with most solid image
  8. Press <OK>.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to adjust columns B to L. When all the horizontal patterns are adjusted, you will be prompted to print a vertical pattern [PRINT VERT. PATTERN].
  10. Press left arrow. A vertical pattern is printed.
  11. Beginning from column M on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

    mp780_alignment2.gif

    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)

    (2): Good example (Most solid box)
  12. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column M on the printout in step 11.
  13. Press <OK>.
  14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 to adjust column N.
I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.

If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

Apr 25, 2009 | Canon PIXMA MP780 All-In-One InkJet...

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I replaced an ink catrage on my Lexmark Z33 printer and it does not print propertly. It will print some lines on the page properly, but some it skips a line and part of another line and then prints the...


I have an Epson w/c had this problem a # of times. Go to the printer PROPERTIES tab (right click printer icon might work). Click on UTILITIES & you should see options for NOZZLE CHECK, HEAD CLEANING & PRINT HEAD ALIGNMENT. Follow instructions on all 3 until your Print Head Alignment printout is perfect. It might take a few head cleaning procedures
before you get it right. Good luck.

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My Canon PIXMA MP760 printer had been printing a horizontal stripe of a lighter cyan where ever that colour occurred. Today during printing it displayed an error. Unfortunately I didn't catch the number. I...


Maybe an obvious answer, but have you cleaned the print heads several times? You can also remove the cartridges, remove the entire print head and clean it with rubbing alcohol and a q-tip.

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I have blank lines through my printouts


Run the cleaning cycle. If that doesn't work, try to use an alcohol soaked swab on the print head. Some of the jets are clogged.

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