Printing as though out of Ink, but has new cartridge
The ink was looking faint down the left side of the page, so I replaced the cartridge. Now the left side is even fainter with the new cartridge. I thought about cleaning it, but cannot find the HP toolbar to access this option.
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If you are using a generic toner, replace it with cartridge from Brother. Many of these are caused by using a refilled cartridge or a generic cartridge. Use a cleaning sheet and run it though a couple of times, if this does not clear it up you need a new cartridge.
1)not enough ink for the saturation of the media
2) media is not correctly saturated by the ink
sounds like the same issue- let me explain
your image may be purposely printed light because of 'ink save printing'( driver cuts down reqired ink levels to give a draft print.)
or your problem may lie with the paper type itself,
firstly have the machine print off its internal demo page ( read user manual to find how to print)
this print being held by the printer cannot be affected by external controllers, if the demo page looks nice aand even and strong in colour then your issue is software related and you should have a look at how the pc is handling these documents before they get to the printer.
if the demo image is light then you have a problem inside the printer
if it is the latter please re-post as internal demo page printing light in colour
Lift the printer unit, and position the scanner
support between the tabs to hold it open.
The ink cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading
position unless the printer is busy.
Press down on the ink cartridge lever to raise
the ink cartridge lid.
Remove the old ink
Dispose of the old cartridge properly.
If you are installing a new ink cartridge,
remove the sticker and transparent tape from the back and bottom of the ink
Insert the new ink
Snap the lid closed.
Lift the printer unit, and hold the scanner
support up while lowering the printer unit until it is completely
Aligning an Ink Cartridge
You may need to align the ink cartridge when characters are not properly
formed or are not aligned at the left margin, or when vertical or straight lines
To align the ink cartridge:
Load plain paper. For more information, see Loading Paper.
In Windows XP, click Start® Control Panel® Printers and Other Hardware® Printers and Faxes.
In Windows 2000, click Start® Settings® Printers.
Right-click the Dell AIO 810
The Printing Preferences dialog box opens.
Click the Maintenance tab.
Click Align Print Cartridge.
A blue and black alignment page prints.
After the alignment page has finished printing,
place the page face-down on the scanner glass. Make sure the upper left corner
of the front of the page aligns with the arrow on the
Press the Scan button .
The page is scanned. When the scan is complete, the cartridge is
aligned. You may discard the alignment page when the alignment is complete.
Please download the manual from the link below and go to chapter Ink Cartridge Maintenance:
Calibrate your new blank ink cartridge, have some nozzle check, cleaning check, and printer alignment. This are procedure that new ink cartridge will have to calibrate before you use. Epson printer are very sensitive when capable of changing ink cartridge. Unlink HP directly work without any print test because the cartridge head and ink join together, Epson with ink cartridge and the head separate. Have some test on it at Printer Maintenance. I'm sure 100% works on it. Good luck!
Most likely the printer has been sitting for along time not used or you have used cheap replacement ink. Epsons are notorious for clogging the jets with cheap ink. unfortunately replacing the ink cartridges will not help because the jets are seperate from them. If cleaning numerous times does not work your next best bet is to buy a cleaning ink cartridge for your model. otherwise youll need a new printhead or new printer. If your going to use cheap replacement cartridges stay away from epson.
what you may have to do is clean the rollers, good place to clean is where you insert the cartridges, open the lid so the machine thinks your going to repalce the ink, cut the power from the mains, now you can proceed to to clean the inside, remove both in cartradges and clean where they instert, toilet roll or kitchen roll will do because they soak up the ink, then, and be very gentle, slide the mechanism to the left hand side so you can clean underneath, after cleaning power the printer up so that it still thinks you are changing the ink, the cartridge housing should be where you can access them so you can the put the ink back in, then you need to use the the lexmark software to re-align the cartridges and also print a test page, keep on doing this until the inkjets are performing properly
This is Maltesecross. Turns out that the faintness of my printed pages was in fact due to a low ink cartridge, even though some pages printed out fine and others half-good. Eventually, all pages turned faint, and upon re-installing the driver, I got a low-ink warning (the first one ever). Putting in a new ink cartridge solved the problem for me.