The print dosen't appear on the paper
Tough call on this one. There are a lot of problems that could be happening. I'll presume you have an inkjet printer, since those are the most common. Of course, you want to make sure you have ink and that the cartridges aren't so old that they're dried up. An ink cartridge that is WAY out of date isn't likely to work. Hopefully you're working with good ink cartridges, and we'll presume that they are. Try these solutions to make your printer go:
1. Run the cleaning cycle. Usually accessed through a menu on the printer, computer, or both.
2. Clean the contacts...use 100% alcohol that can be purchased in the paint department of larger stores like Walmart or Home Depot. If you have nothing else, use cotton swabs, but be sure not to leave any cotton behind on this or the next step.
3. Clean the print cartridge jets using that same alcohol. Foam swabs are best, but harder to find. If you absolutely have to, you can use 50 or 70% isopropyl, but the other part is water...doesn't evaporate as quickly.
4. If your print head is separate from the cartridge, it gets a little weird here. First you can remove the print head (your printer manual will tell you if this has a a separate one), clean it with the alcohol. If this fails (and in my experience, it usually does), take that print head and put it in hot water in a container that's expendable (it's going to change color)...let it soak for a few hours, overnight if possible. Swish it around in the water...you may have to repeat this step depending on how much ink is still left in the print head. When it appears that most of the ink has been cleared out, shake as much water as possible and let it dry for a minimum of 24 hours on a paper towel or something that's (again) expendable and won't bleed through to the surface you're putting it one, just in case more ink leaks out. You may have to repeat the print head washing steps a few times for the water to be clear. Reinstall the printhead and cartridges. Run a cleaning cycle...hopefully it'll work by then.
Nov 03, 2013 |