Sometimes....at least once a day....and sometimes continuously on each paper....i get large blotches of ink along the side or bottom of the paper. It is a mess...it gets on my desk, other papers, my clothes, not to mention ruins the paper itself. I have performed all the maintenance I can on it...from print head cleaning, to bottom plate cleaning. I even open it up and wipe down the different parts, where there is gobs of ink. This is getting to be more of a hassle.....and with the price of ink it seems like there is more on the inside and everywhere else than where it should be on my print job.
That used to happen to me as well. It turned out that when I left the paper standing in the tray, it would bend slightly at the end. I stopped leaving the paper in the tray in the afternoons and only putting it in when i needed to print and that seemed to solve the problem. A hassle I know but thats the cost of buying a photo printer to do office jobs.
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i guess that there is a lot of paper inside the machine that you can;t see. try to block the sensor of the top cover and see the move of the carriage. sometimes there is paper in the purge unit side and the carriage can;t reach the home position.
if it is a lexmark you have to buy new cartridges because the print heads most likely are all used up kaput. actually no matter what brand the heads are gunked up. and do not soak heads in water or solvent of any kind it will make them a lot worse
you may insist to clean the drum part. Your problem is in that area. Or try to change the drum unit with another one from the other printer if you have one. You can use an vacuum cleaner to absorb the toner inside the corona part. You should be careful at the corona wire.
If you're getting spots on the prints, run the Remove Ink Smears routine in the maintenance. It will clear the ink from the preheater. User packing tape to pull dust off of pick rollers. It's easy to unclip the unit and roll it on a piece of tape to remove dust.
The little cartridges are pigment for photo printing. The Large black cart is ink for plain paper (usually text) printing. If you select a photo paper in the print setup menu, you will use very little of the ink. To check the function of the large cart print out a test sheet from the printer maintenance menu. You may need to run a head cleaning to get all the nozzles to work.
# Hold the cartridge upside down, with the
bar-code label facing you and take a damp paper towel. # Use the towel to wipe the printhead of the
cartridge on the bottom (where the ink comes out). Wipe the printhead
horizontally in one direction only (left to right). # Continue doing this until it looks clean. # Then dab the cartridge on the towel to make sure
the ink is flowing. # Next, look inside the printer and locate the
carrier that holds ink cartridges. Caution: Make sure the cartridges are not
installed at this point.
1. Look for a shiny piece of metal underneath the
contacts at the back of the carrier. 2. Take a damp cotton swab (use water only!) and
wipe along the bottom of the shiny metal piece. Note: You may need more than
# Reinstall the cartridges, making sure you snap
them correctly into the printer.
According to a service manual for a similar Canon printer, the grayscale printing should only use the Pigment Black ink PGI-5BK.
On fast it is 300x300dpi with 1 pass, standard is 600x600dpi with 1 pass and high is 600x600 with 4 passes.
On plain paper in colour it is meant to still only use the C/M/Y and again the big pigment black ink PGI-5BK, it only uses the smaller black ink once you set it to use a photo type paper in the printing settings.