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IP3300 turns out a quality check pattern- lines and bars are all intact- but except for black colours are feint. Have tried regular clean several times and deep clean to no avail.

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Did you change the black cartridge, there might be problem in that cartridge.

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Several probable causes of this.
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    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.

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    f print quality does not improve by the standard cleaning of the Print Head, clean the Print Head deeply. Cleaning the Print Head deeply consumes more ink than the standard cleaning of the Print Head, so clean the Print Head deeply only when necessary.
    1. Make sure that the power is turned on.

    2. Clean the Print Head deeply. (1) Press the g0022565.png (Maintenance) button repeatedly until y appears. g0054776.png
    (2) Press the Black or Color button.
    The machine starts cleaning the Print Head deeply. Do not perform any other operations until the machine completes the deep cleaning of the Print Head. This takes about 2 minutes.

    3. Check the print head condition.

    When the deep cleaning is completed, the LED returns to the copy standby mode. To check the print head condition, print the nozzle check pattern.

    See " Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern".

    If the problem is not resolved, turn off the power and clean the Print Head deeply again after 24 hours.
    If the problem is still not resolved, replace the FINE Cartridge with a new one.

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    Print the nozzle check pattern to determine whether the ink ejects properly from the print head nozzles.

    NOTE If the remaining ink level is low, the nozzle check pattern will not be printed correctly. Replace the FINE Cartridge whose ink is low.
    See " Replacing FINE Cartridges".



    You need to prepare: a sheet of A4 or Letter-sized plain paper

    1. Make sure that the power is turned on.

    2. Load a sheet of A4 or Letter-sized plain paper in the Rear Tray.

    3. Open the Paper Output Tray gently, and open the Output Tray Extension.

    4. Print the nozzle check pattern.

    (1) Press the g0020617.png (Maintenance) button repeatedly until A appears. g0054754.png
    (2) Press the Black or Color button.

    The nozzle check pattern will be printed.

    5. Examine the nozzle check pattern.
    See Examining the Nozzle Check Pattern.

    Examining the Nozzle Check Pattern

    Examine the nozzle check pattern, and clean the Print Head if necessary.

    1. Check if there are missing lines in the pattern (1) or horizontal white streaks in the pattern (2). g0054755.png (1) Check if lines are missing in this pattern. If yes, the cleaning is required.
    See " Cleaning the Print Head".

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    (A) Good
    (B) Bad (lines are missing)

    (2) Check if horizontal white streaks are present in this pattern. If yes, the cleaning is required.
    See " Cleaning the Print Head".
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    (A) Good
    (B) Bad (horizontal white streaks are present)
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