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Printer is putting black smudges of ink of the paper. I changed the cartridge but it is still happening. What can I try next?

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A printer will smudge ink when the printer heads are dirty. To resolve this, you need to take out the printer cartridges and clean off the dirt by rubbing alcohol on the printer head using a Q-tip.

Posted on Oct 08, 2010

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    if toner cartridge is leaking/dropping ink everywhere make sure you clean the contacts for the cartridge on and inside otherwise you get error 32 unsupported cartridge


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Take your printer to a hardware engineer and tell him your problem.
thank you for your queston.

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I just changed the black ink and now I have small black blotches on any paper that I print out.

This can happen due the printer automatically running a cleaning cycle when any new cartridge is installed, to ensure the ink is properly run into the printhead down to the nozzles. In the main, what happens is the ink that is used during such cleans goes into the Waste Pad but sits on top if the pad is fairly soaked with ink from past cleans and is thus transferred on to the underside of the printhead - thus to get smudged on to the print paper. Ideally, fit a Waste Ink Bottle (search on for your printer model and for the Waste Ink Bottle installation - some dealers of ink cartridges offer packs with full instructions but is generally easy and cheap to DIY). All you need is some tubing to fit on the waste ink drain tubing (normally inside the RH side .- where the printhead parks between uses - the youtube video for your model will show how to easily remove the end panel and fit the tubing) and then to put the end of the replacement tubing into a small glass (not plastic as can be easily tipped over - glass is better as heavier) so any waste ink is drained from the felt waste pads under where the nozzles park. Meantime, put the printhead into the Change Cartridge position, then unplug the power lead - NOT turn printer off as that simply parks the head again. With the head in the CC position and power off, you can freely move the whole printhead with its cartridges to the left - then make a decent pad of kitchen paper and find the felt waste pad down on the RH end and press to soak away the surplus ink. Repeat several times until most ink has gone. There is then none to get back on to the nozzle area again and you should be free of the blotching. A small torch will help to see inside the printer. There is sure to be at least one youtube video for your printer on fitting the drain system but if not - try several print cartridge suppliers (not generally the sell-only eBay ones so search using google for main dealers)

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1. Remove the cartridge or cartridges from the printer.
2. Get a damp paper towel.
3. Set the ink cartridge right side up on the damp paper towel so that the ink nozzles are against the towel and hold the cartridge in this position for about 15 seconds.
4. Now wipe the print head (on the bottom where the ink comes out) across in one direction only (left to right) until it looks clean.
5. Next dab the cartridge on the towel to make sure that the ink is flowing.
6. Snap the cartridges back into the printer.

Next, I'd like you to attempt this printer self-test by following the steps given below:

1. Disconnect the power cord from the back of the printer.
2. Press and hold the button on the printer panel.
3. Reconnect the power cord and keep holding the button on the printer panel until the printer starts to pull paper.
4. The printer should now print a test page. Please note that the test is continuous. To stop the test, disconnect the power cord.

The self-test should at least print out a set of either black or color bars, if not both (if you have a printer with both color and black installed simultaneously). Should this test fail, try it again without cartridges installed. If the self-test still fails to take paper in and make sounds like the carrier is moving across the paper, this is a hardware issue, and the printer will require service. If the self-test completes without any cartridges installed, run the self-test again with only the color cartridge installed. (If you have both black and color cartridges, after this test, run the test again with just the black cartridge installed.) If you find that either cartridge causes the self-test to fail, please let us know.

If the self-test prints, but has lines or smudges or other print quality issues, let us know.

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