I was recently printing some color labels and all was going well until the colors started coming out blue/green almost grey. I replaced all 3 color cartridges even though they seemed fine and have run the self-cleaning several times but no luck. I think at some point the cartridges were put into the wrong spots but this was remedied. Do not know if that could cause damage. I have always used the proper ink cartridges for this printer.
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Re: Brother MFC 210C NOT Not Printing Color Properly
If the cartridges were in the wrong slots, it shouldn't take very long for it to clear up. What I don't understand is how it even ran with them in the wrong slots, but that's not the point. Having corrected that problem, Have you run many prints after that? You may just have some remnant ink not completly out. If thats not it, remove the cartridges, unplug the machine and very lightly dampen a lint free cloth with some alcohol and clean all the contacts in the machine and one the cartridges. Then again run all the set up modes and see if that helps. You should in no way have ruined the printer my having the inks in the wrong place. One other thing you can try, And I do this to ink jet printers but hesitate to mention, but it does work. Unplug the machine and remove the cartridges. Place some paper towels under the print head where the cartridges and slowly trickle some soapy cleaner, Like Fantastic into that area, then flush it out with some rubbing alcohol. Dry the area gently as best you can, and let the printer sit an hour or so to let any slight amount of liquid remaining to evaporate. Those inks can build up and clog that area causing lots of problems.
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Press the Ink or Ink Management key on the control panel of the machine. Press the up or down navigation key to select TEST PRINT and press Menu/Set or Set. Press the up or down navigation key to select PRINT QUALITY and press Menu/Set or Set. Press Color (Colour) Start. The machine begins printing the Print Quality Test Sheet. By reviewing this Test Sheet, you can determine if the print quality needs improvement. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for black and three colors. Press 2 (NO) for black or three colors with the problem.
The display will then show START CLEANING? 1.YES 2. NO. Press 1 (YES) and the machine will start cleaning the color ink cartridges.
Found this on the web. Click on link below to print the entire manual out to keep. Below are steps to do cleaning. If you find this helpful pls rate me. Thanks and Good Luck. http://www.brother-usa.com/ModelDocuments/Consumer/Users%20Manual/UM_MFC_210C_420CN_EN_286.PDF How to improve print quality Cleaning the print head To ensure good print quality, the MFC will regularly clean the print head. You can start the cleaning process manually if needed.Clean the print head and ink cartridges if you get a horizontal line inthe text or graphics on your printed pages. You can clean Black onlyor three colors at a time (Cyan/Yellow/Magenta), or all four colors at once. Cleaning the print head consumes ink. Cleaning too often uses ink unnecessarily. Caution Do NOT touch the print head. Touching the print head may cause permanent damage and may void the print head’s warranty. 1 Press Ink. 2 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Cleaning. Press Menu/Set. 3 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Black, Color or All. Press Menu/Set. The MFC will clean the print head. When cleaning is finished,the MFC will go back to standby mode automatically.If you clean the print head at least five times and the print hasnot improved, call Brother Customer Service (see Brother numbers on page i). Checking the print quality If faded or streaked colors and text appears on your output, some of the nozzles may be clogged. You can check this by printing the Print Quality Check Sheet and looking at the nozzle check pattern. 1 Press Ink. 2 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Test Print. Press Menu/Set. 3 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Print Quality. Press Menu/Set. 4 Press Color Start. The MFC begins printing the Print Quality Check Sheet. 5 Check the sheet to see if the quality is OK by following these steps: Color block quality check The LCD shows: 6 Check the quality of the four color blocks on the sheet. 7 If all lines are clear and visible, press 1 (Yes), and go to Step 10. —OR— If you can see missing short lines as shown below, press 2 (No). The LCD will ask you if the print quality is OK for black and three colors. OK Poor Is Quality OK? 1.Yes 2.No Black OK? 1.Yes 2.N 8 Press 2 (No) for Black or three colors with a problem. The LCD shows: Press 1 (Yes). The MFC will start cleaning the print head. 9 After cleaning is finished, press Color Start. The MFC will start printing the Print Quality Check Sheet again and then return to step 5. 10 Press Stop/Exit.
Press the "ink" button, you will then see "test print" on the display. Press the top of the joystick like (labeled search/speed dial) wheel until the display changes to "cleaning"; then press Set. Press Set one more time to select the color black. Cleaning should start.
If you are making copies or sending/receiving faxes Press Black Start or Color Start. Make sure your ink cartridges are fresh. Cartridges remain fresh for up to two years if kept in their original packaging, after that the ink may become clogged. Cartridge expiration dates are printed on the package.
machine needs to go into a cleaning process once you installed new cartridges to identify that there is a new one placed there.it will need 5 cleanings to do that.if you are using refillables or generic cart,then it wont properly mix up with the others causing that specific color not to print
Did you do a firmware update? If not go to brother homepage , download the update tool and do the update if it is avaiable.
Do you print with generic ink? If yes this prob is because of different color depth. Try to print with the original innobella ones or do some resettings within the printers properties when you print a pic from pc.
You may test the print out by printing directly from a picture card without pc.