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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It's possible the mirror has dome dust on it from jostling during the move. W dried water spot will do it too. The front screen will come off by removing the screws on the bezel. Be extremely careful cleaning the mirror.Any scratch by a cleaning cloth (never use paper) will permanently ruin it.
There is a degaussing resistor that activates when tv is first turned on and purifies the screen so there is no color contamination, sometimes it will become defective or develope bad connections on the circuit board. The part looks like a box "black/green" and is located near the power cord. If it has stopped working it would explain the color blotches. To fix it! the part needs to be replaced or resolded back on the board and a degaussing coil used to give it the once over, tv tech carries one just for that purpose. The other possibility is if speakers are to close to the viewing screen the magnet will leave blotches and must be degaussed to correct it.
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.
Sometimes it is caused by a metal plate coming in contact with the sensor pad inside of the tablet. It is only fixable by dismanteling the tablet and putting an A4 sheet of paper between the back side (the one that has the metal plate which can be the culprit) and the green pad (do not touch it!). This issue usually appears after continuous use when the green sensitivity pad is pushed down a little and is short-circuited by the metal pad on the inner side.
If tou put in a two part form and it types on the second form the ribbon is either empty of not lifting up. If it isn't lifting up there is a large black gear on the rt. side of the printer, wiggle it back and forth they sometimes jam tooth for tooth.
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.