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Is there a way to disable the self cleaning or reduce how often so that we aren't using so much ink

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  • spsaheli Jan 01, 2009

    I'm going to guess a Brother. Mine is a Brother MFC-465CN. I barely use color printing but I have to change color cartridges because of the pointless self-cleaning schedule.

  • Cnythia Miller May 11, 2010

    hello rmjackson,

    What type of printer and model?



    Thank you

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In most printers you can set these functions within the control panel or Toolbox of the Printer.Provide detail regarding the printer that you use Make, Model.

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Posted on Apr 19, 2008

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Then press and hold the ink button ( or the button that has an ink drop embossed next to it) for three (3) seconds. The machine should perform a self clean. Try printing again.

You can also access the printer maintenance software from your printers folder which will allow you to do self cleans and nozzle checks. Good Luck finding that if you are using Windows 7 or 8.

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A color or photo cartridge is either low, clogged or has run out of one of the basic colors it mixes together to create the colors in your images. The printer cannot print correctly if it lacks one of the basic colors, even if it still contains some of the other colors. The cartridge may also be clogged. The cartridge must be replaced

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You can try to clean the printer head manually. To clean the printer head, remove the ink cartridge from the printer. Moisten a cotton swab by dipping it in hot water or isopropyl alcohol, and then gently wipe the printer head. Do this repeatedly until it softens the dried ink.

For models where the printer head is located in the printer, you can put 7 to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol in the ink receptacle where the ink flows from the cartridge to the head. Turn the printer to self-cleaning mode. You can also leave it for a few hours or overnight before repeating the self-cleaning mode.

If the print head is located in the cartridge, soak the print head in hot water and let it soak overnight. Dry the print head part using a paper towel and switch it to self-cleaning mode.

If the hot water soak does not work, place the cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and let it soak overnight. Wipe off the soaked area and dry it carefully using a damp paper towel. Turn the printer to self-cleaning mode to remove any dried ink.

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Most likey cause of this is dirty print heads. The print head is the part of the catridge that the ink comes out of.

You should be able to get the software (HP toolbox) to tell the printer to do a self-clean...otherwise you can try a manual clean below

Remove the cartridge and inspect head. If clogged with ink then you can manually clean them with a wet cloth (lint free cloth). just use water ...no cleaning solution...as ink is water based.

I would recommend re-doing the self-clean after manual clean also.

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How do you reset ink levels in a Lexmark Prospect Pro205? If there is a RFID chip somewhere in these XL100 cartridges, can it be removed or disabled someway?


Ink levels are usually calculated several ways. It typically does an average page count for the cartridges, and starts notifying you when you're running out of pages. There is also a microchip on the cartridge itself that notifies of the level. Sometimes there are even additional ways, such as cartridge weight, etc. If you're trying to reset the levels to get more life out of your cartridge, don't worry about it. It'll keep printing until the ink is gone. When you see the quality start to decline (IE colors aren't as vibrant, pages aren't as dark) that means it's time to start looking into more ink.

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Use the printer's utility program to self-clean the printer. This process may need to be repeated as many as 5 to 10 times. Often this will resolve the problem.

Turn the printer off, preferably overnight, if the self-cleaning utility has not worked. The ink may need to soften before the self-cleaning utility will be successful. Turn the printer on and try the self-cleaning utility again several times.


Determine from the owner's manual where the print head is located. Epson printers, for example, are usually in the printer. Many other brands place the print head in the cartridge.


Remove the cartridge. For models where the print head is in the printer, drop seven to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) down the ink receptacle area. This is the hole where the ink flows into the head from the cartridge. Run a few self-cleaning utilities. If necessary, allow to sit a few hours or overnight and repeat the self-cleaning utility.


Soak the cartridge print head in hot water if the print head is in the cartridge. Allow to soak overnight. Dry the print head area with a paper towel. Repeat the self-cleaning utility.


Place the cartridge print head in isopropyl alcohol if the hot water soak did not unclog the print head. Leave the print head covered in alcohol overnight. Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the print head area. Dry carefully. Try the self-cleaning utility again.


Purchase a new cartridge if the alcohol soak did not unclog the print head in the cartridge. This will provide new print heads that won't be clogged. Contact a service technician for repair of print heads in the printer if the alcohol did not unclog the print head.

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My printer won't print anything - only blank pages. However, both ink cartridges have ink. Please help!


If the self-cleaning cycle does not solve the problem, try turning the printer off overnight to allow the ink to soften. Turn the printer on the next day and try printing a test pattern to see whether the problem has either disappeared or become less noticeable. This ink-saving procedure can work effectively because sometimes the dried ink on the print head needs time to soften before the printer head can be cleaned completely. Try running the self-cleaning utility again one or more times.
Steps for Manually Cleaning the Printer Head

If the overnight cleaning still does not work, there may be a layer of thick ink that is blocking the holes of the printer's head. The next option is to manually clean the printer head. Follow these steps:

* Determine from the owner's manual where the print head is located.
* Remove the ink cartridge from your printer and then dip a cotton swab in hot water or isopropyl alcohol and rub it against the print head. This should loosen any crusted ink. NOTE: Be careful, especially if you use isopropyl alcohol to clean your print heads: Some printers use rubber gaskets, and if you get isopropyl alcohol on the gaskets it could dry them out.
* For models where the print head is in the printer, drop 7 to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol (91% denatured isopropyl alcohol - not 'rubbing' alcohol) down the ink receptacle area where the ink actually flows from the cartridge into the head. Run a few self-cleaning utilities. If possible, allow the printer to sit a few hours or overnight and repeat the self-cleaning utility.
* If the print head is in the cartridge, soak the cartridge print head in hot water. Allow it to soak overnight. Dry the print head area with a paper towel. Repeat the self-cleaning utility.
* If the hot water soak did not unclog the print head, place the cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and allow it to soak overnight. Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the print head area and dry carefully. Try the self-cleaning utility again.
* If the alcohol soak did not unclog the print head in the cartridge you may need to purchase a new cartridge. This will provide new print heads that won't be clogged. Contact a service technician for repair of print heads in the printer if the alcohol did not unclog the printer head.

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Black Horizontal lines


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Horizontal white lines usually indicate the ink cartridge is running out of ink or has some clogged ink nozzles. Try the following steps:
  1. Some of the ink cartridge ink nozzles may be clogged with dry ink. Use the ink cartridge cleaning service to try to clear them. Follow the steps below:
    1. check if there is plain white paper in the Input tray.
    2. Press Setup .
    3. Press < or >to select Tools and then press OK .
    4. Press < or > to select Clean Print Cartridge and then press OK . The unit prints a test page.
    5. Examine the test page. If the print quality of the page is good, stop here. If the print quality appears to be getting better, run the Clean Print Cartridge utility again
  2. If the self test appears better, Increase the copy quality setting (Normal or Best) and try copying again. If the quality is still poor, continue to the next step.
  3. If the quality is still poor, one or more of the cartridges may be low on ink or empty. Follow the steps below to check the ink levels.
    1. Open HP Solution Center .
    2. Click Settings .
    3. Click Print Settings .
    4. Click Printer Toolbox .
    5. Click the Estimated Ink Levels tab.
    6. Replace any ink cartridge that is low on ink.
  4. If the ink levels are not low, clean the cartridge face and electrical contacts at the back of the print carriage.
    1. Open the front of the unit to access the ink cartridges.
    2. After the ink cartridges are at the center, unplug the power cord from the back of the unit, and remove the ink cartridges. The power cord must be removed to ensure that the unit is not damaged during the cleaning process.
    3. Clean the cross-hatched area of the ink cartridge with a soft clean cloth that is slightly dampened with clean water to remove any build up. Avoid cleaning the ink cartridge nozzle plate. Cleaning this area can force foreign matter into the ink nozzles and plug them
    4. With a soft lint free cloth slightly dampened with clean water, clean the copper-colored contacts on the back of the ink cartridges.
    5. Allow the cartridges to dry before reinserting them.
    6. Close the unit, and plug the power cord back in.
    7. Print a self-test page to check the results. Follow the steps below to print a self-test page.
      1. Press Setup .
      2. Press <or > until Print Report displays and then press OK .
      3. Press < or > until Self-Test Report displays and then press OK . The self-test report prints.
    8. If the problem is not corrected by cleaning the ink cartridges, replace the ink cartridge(s).
- hope it will help to resolve you problem...

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The ink absorber (a felt pad) is provided so the ink lost during cleaning has a restricted area to ensure the ink doesn't escape into mechanical areas of the printer.
I haven't seen the inside of your model but this is probably being monitored using reflected light and once the reflection is reduced (pad changes from white to dark) this warning is triggered.

The printer has been disabled to avoid cast-off ink from overflowing the recess in which the pad is installed.

Unless you are very good at finding the sometimes many snaps that hold your printer together, it should be turned over to a professional.

As a retired tech, I need to warn you that the cost of labor and the pad needed will probably exceed the cost of a new printer.

If you decide to replace it, be advised that most printers are supplied with only minimal amounts of ink in their included ink cartridges; please consider buying cartridges along with the printer to have available when the original cartridges run dry.

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Try to print a self test page from the printer itself, do these:
  1. Press and hold the Cancel and the Color buttons at the same time.
  2. Release both buttons.
  3. The Self Test Report will be printed.
and check if it is the same output, if yes then follow the steps below:
  1. Some of the ink cartridge ink nozzles may be clogged with dry ink. Use the ink cartridge cleaning service to try to clear them. Follow the steps below:
  2. Verify that there is plain white paper in the Input tray.
  3. Press Setup .
  4. Press c00712200.gif or c00712201.gif to select Tools and then press OK .
  5. Press c00712200.gif or c00712201.gif to select Clean Print Cartridge and then press OK . The unit prints a test page.
  6. Examine the test page. If the print quality of the page is good, stop here. If the print quality appears to be getting better, run the Clean Print Cartridge utility again
  1. If the self test appears better, Increase the copy quality setting (Normal or Best) and try copying again. If the quality is still poor, continue to the next step.
  2. If the quality is still poor, one or more of the cartridges may be low on ink or empty. Follow the steps below to check the ink levels.
  3. Open HP Solution Center .
  4. Click Settings .
  5. Click Print Settings .
  6. Click Printer Toolbox .
  7. Click the Estimated Ink Levels tab
  • Replace any ink cartridge that is low on ink.
  • If the ink levels are not low, clean the cartridge face and electrical contacts at the back of the print carriage.
    1. Open the front of the unit to access the ink cartridges.
    2. After the ink cartridges are at the center, unplug the power cord from the back of the unit, and remove the ink cartridges. The power cord must be removed to ensure that the unit is not damaged during the cleaning process.
    3. Clean the cross-hatched area of the ink cartridge with a soft clean cloth that is slightly dampened with clean water to remove any build up. Avoid cleaning the ink cartridge nozzle plate. Cleaning this area can force foreign matter into the ink nozzles and plug them.
  • With a soft lint free cloth slightly dampened with clean water, clean the copper-colored contacts on the back of the ink cartridges.
  • Allow the cartridges to dry before reinserting them.
  • Close the unit, and plug the power cord back in.
  • Print a self-test page to check the results. Follow the steps below to print a self-test page.
    1. Press Setup .
    2. Press c00712200.gif or c00712201.gif until Print Report displays and then press OK .
    3. Press c00712200.gif or c00712201.gif until Self-Test Report displays and then press OK . The self-test report prints.
    If the problem is not corrected by cleaning the ink cartridges, replace the ink cartridge(s).
    IF THE SELF TEST REPORT IS CLEAN, THEN TRY TO PRINT FROM ANOTHER SOFTWARE LIKE PAINT, NOTEPAD AND IF THE OUTPUT IS OK THEN THE PROBLEM IS ON THE SOFTWARE THAT YOU ARE USING

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