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Poor print quality. The tests seem ok but the colours are washed out and the b&White is patchy. New ink cartidges installed. Machine about 13 months old. Lightly used. Hope you can help

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Please have a check on the weight and quality of your paper for printing, please do not use bad recycle papers for printing

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When you change the ink cartraige and clean printer and test the colours the quality of colour is not good on the test! what do you segested i try beacaue the machine has been on its 100th clean and...


    1. Print a Print Quality Check Sheet.

    2. Press the Ink or Ink Management key on the control panel.
    3. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Test Print and press OK.
    4. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Print Quality and press OK.
    5. Press Color (Colour) start. The machine begins printing the Print Quality Check Sheet.


    1. Closely examine the Print Quality Check Sheet. Each of the four colors is represented by a slanted square pattern made up of individual blocks. The colors should appear in the following order from left to right: Black - Yellow - Cyan - Magenta.

    2. Compare the print quality of the Check Sheet you just printed with the three examples listed below:

      (A) One or more complete blocks of colors are missing:

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      (B) Most of the short diagonal lines are missing from one or more color blocks:

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      (C)Some parts of the short diagonal lines are missing from one or more color blocks:

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    3. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for black. Press the down arrow key or 2 or "-" to choose No for black with the problem.
    4. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for Color. Press the down arrow key or 2 or "-" to choose No for color with the problem.
    5. The display will then show Start Cleaning? Yes No.
      Press the up arrow key or 1 or "+" to choose Yes and the machine will start cleaning the color ink cartridges.
    6. When the machine completes cleaning the print head, press Color(Colour) Start. Another Print Quality Check Sheet will print.

    7. Repeat the cleaning and the quality check process following the Step 4-7.

    Jun 02, 2011 | Brother MFC 6490CW InkJet Printer

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    The yellow ink will not print. There is definitely ink in the cartridge. I have tried the cleaning process 4 times.


    1. Print a Print Quality Check Sheet.


      1. Press the Ink or Ink Management button.

      2. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Test Print. Press OK.

      3. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Print Quality. Press OK.

      4. Press Color(Colour) Start.


    2. Closely examine the Print Quality Check Sheet. Each of the four colors is represented by a slanted square pattern made up of individual blocks. The colors should appear in the following order from left to right: Black - Yellow - Cyan - Magenta.

    1. The LCD asks you if the print quality is OK for black and the three colors. Choose No.

    2. The LCD asks you if you want to start cleaning. Choose Yes. The machine starts cleaning the print head.

    3. When the machine completes cleaning the print head, press Color(Colour) Start. Another Print Quality Check Sheet will print.


    4. Repeat the cleaning and the quality check process following the Step 7-9.

    5. Compare the second or third Print Quality Check Sheet with the first one you printed in Step 1:
      1. Press Stop/Exit.

    Note We do not recommend frequent unplugging and re-plugging of the machine and/or leaving the machine unplugged for extended periods of time.

    • To maintain premium print quality, our product is designed to automatically clean the print head periodically. When the machine is unplugged, it will not complete the periodic cleanings needed to ensure ink does not dry in the print head and may cause poor print quality.

    • Machines with a Message Center or Fax Preview have a 24 hour memory backup. All other machines have a 1 hour memory backup. If a machine is unplugged beyond the memory capability, the clock data is lost and causes the machine to reset. When the machine is plugged back into the outlet, the internal clock resets and the machine will automatically start a cleaning process causing the consumption of ink.
    We recommend using the On/Off or Power Save button to power down the machine. Using the On/Off or Power Save button allows minimal power to the machine ensuring periodic cleanings of the print head occur only when necessary and needed information remains in memory.


    Caution
    • Cleaning the print head consumes ink. Cleaning too often uses ink unnecessarily.

    • DO NOT touch the print head. Touching the print head may cause permanent damage and may void the print head's warranty.

    • Brother strongly recommends that you do not refill the ink cartridges provided with your machine. We also strongly recommend that you continue to use only Genuine Brother Brand replacement ink cartridges. Use or attempted use of potentially incompatible ink and/or cartridges in the Brother machine may cause damage to the machine and/or may result in unsatisfactory print quality. Our warranty coverage does not apply to any problem that is caused by the use of unauthorized third party ink and/or cartridges. To protect your investment and obtain premium performance from the Brother machine, we strongly recommend the use of Genuine Brother Supplies.
      > Brother Genuine Supplies information

    Oct 28, 2010 | Brother MFC-5890CN All-In-One InkJet...

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    I have just changed my black ink cartridge however still patchy


    Typically you do not have to change the color cartridge when you replace the black cartridge.
    As far as the spotty printing, it sounds like you have some clogged nozzles caused by the lower quality of ink in refilled or aftermarket cartridges. There cartridge inks may not be up to specification. This is especially true for the ultra fine printers.
    To clear the problem you need to insert an OEM cartridge, run the deep nozzle cleaning utiliity at least twice followed by the alignment utility. This should clear up the problem with the spotty and washed out printout.
    Let me know if this solves your problem otherwise we can explore other solutiions. For the record, which printer do you have?
    Please rate this solution. Thanks.

    Oct 07, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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    WHILE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY MY PRINT QUALITY IS SO POOR. AFTER CLEANING THE HEADS A FEW TIMES I WENT TO PRING A "QUALITY TEST PAGE". The MFC said i was out of paper. i refilled the paper (with the...


    the messages you get for cartridges other than the original are not trustful. You will get the right reading for original(from Brother) cartridges. Some ink is poor for printing photo quality.

    not any refillable ink is right for printing photos, sometimes too dark, sometimes you don't get the right mix of colors.


    Mar 30, 2009 | Brother MFC-5840CN All-In-One InkJet...

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    Poor color printing quality


    do you have the canon print management software installed? it's located in the maintenance tab on that software.

    www.canon.com has that by model number

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    ok" take cartriges out of printer , water on clean cloth make it damp, wipe ink heads, take a pencile with eraser , use eraser on printed circuite on the back of cartidges to clean contacts, use eraser back and forth, wipe with cloth , put it back in the printer . may have to run printer tools to clean cartridges also

    Jan 21, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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