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Nozzle check prints wrong, but print head alignment OK

The nozzle check printout shows everything perfect, except for blue, which is top half dark and bottom half light blue. When I do a print head alignment, it shows that the printer is capable of printing a solid blue block, so I assume no nozzles are blocked. What is the problem here?

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The auto print head alignment prints ok. The Nozzle check from top to bottom prints as follows: 3eBK ok; 6C top half light blue - bottom half darker blue; 6C ok; 6M top half light pink - bottom half darker...


It sounds like your black (K) or Black/Yellow (KY) head needs to be replaced.
The problem appears to be in the top half of the black head.
Without knowing more (like what make/model the printer is) I can't help more than that.

Mar 09, 2011 | Printers & Copiers

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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 Printers & Copiers

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Epson Stylus CX4800 prints blurred pictures


ok..first you will need to print the nozzle check and see if all the color are printed out fine.. this feature is under the printer properties , under the utility tab.... assuming all your colors nozzle are printed fine..then the next thing for you to do is do the Print Head Alignment.. it's under the same place where you print the nozzle check.. when you press the Print Head Alignment, it will print a page out with many lines.. choose the one with the best alignment.. once u done that..try printing the image again..
oh..if your nozzle check print out is not good.. then you will need to perform head cleaning to clear the clogged head..

May 24, 2010 | Epson STYLUS CX3900 All-In-One InkJet...

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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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Red and blue lines across printouts


open printing preferences and click on maintenance. Run the print head alignment utility. Sometimes this will remove the horizontal banding. I had this same problem and had to uninstall the printer and reinstall just like it was new, running the alignment feature before it was corrected. Worked ok for a few days then started again. I assumed that the printhead is bad. To costly to repair and bought a new printer.

Jun 27, 2009 | Epson Printers & Copiers

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Will not print blue


clean head cardrige and calibrate color cardriges.

Jun 01, 2009 | Canon PIXMA iP3000 InkJet Photo Printer

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Printer is producing too dark and purple shaded output. I believe this has to do with nozzle jet function but there is no information on how to reset the nozzles on the basis of the colour printout. It's...


Are you trying to print
1). photgraphs in colour
2). Photographs in B&W
or
2). plain text
In canon iP4000, you can do a Nozzle check by going to the maintenance.

Go to print anything from a word file or an excel file > in the print box > go to Properties> go to Maintenance.
Here you can do Cleaning, Deep Cleaning, Print head Alignment and Nozzle check.

If your Nozzle check matches the check pattern(this you will find once the Nozzle Check gives a print), then it possible that either the right paper is not put in or your master could be very dark. Alternatively you could reduce the print setting to Standard...

Let me know if the above solves your problem..if not we can do some more trouble shooting.

Mar 04, 2009 | Canon PIXMA iP4000 InkJet Photo Printer

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PIXMA Ip4000


I assume you're using photo paper.

Go to File/Print. Click Properties. Click Media Type and chose the photo paper you are using, whether it's Photo Paper Pro or whatever. If you're printing using Plain paper and you have photo paper in the printer, you'll get the stripes.

Hope that helps

Oct 22, 2008 | Canon PIXMA iP4000 InkJet Photo Printer

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Nozzle check wrong, but no clogged printhead


on an i960 canon the magenta does not come through/thank you,Leo

Feb 17, 2008 | Canon PIXMA iP3000 InkJet Photo Printer

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