On my HP1350 all in one desk jetprinter, the ink cartridges are full but white streaks persist when printing photos. I've done an alignment 5 times in an attempt to correct, ,cleaned the ink cartridges and wiped down as much of the inside of the machine as I can from the outside--to no avail.
I asked the technician at Staples what he thought and he thought it was the ink cartridge. since I was using 3in1 cartridges and it was expensive to buy two; (1) Black with pale magenta and blue plus (2)red blue and yellow,we bought a new printer that uses one colour only cartidges so we can replace one colour at a time and also use a pale blue and pale magenta to get better reproductions. for a little more than double the price we bought an Hp printer Photosmart C7280 on sale with single cartridges. It will pay off, They are a fraction of the cost of 3in1 colours.
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If an inkjet printer gives white streaks where it should be black, it means the ink is very low, or there is dirt under the nozzles preventing it from printing properly, or, in the case of non original cartridges, ink might be leaking which prevents the bubbles of ink to squirt onto the page.
If the streaks are black where it should be white, is sounds like some dust or fluff below the cartridge leaves ink smears on the page.
It could be that your cartridge needs cleaning. Open the Lexmark Solution Center. Click Start, Programs (Windows XP: All programs), Lexmark Z600 Series. Click the Maintenance tab. Under Select a maintenancetool, select Clean to fix horizontal streaks. Click Print. If the printed bars in one color fade on either side of the page or are shorter than the other bars, the cartridge is running low on ink of that particular color. If there are thin lines running through the bars or if the diagonal lines at the bottom are broken, the cartridge may need cleaning. Follow these instructions:
Remove the problematic cartridge or cartridges from the printer.
Take a warm damp paper towel and set the ink cartridge right-side-up on it so that the ink nozzles are against the towel.
Hold the cartridge in this position for about 15 seconds.
Wipe the printhead (on the bottom where the ink comes out) across in one direction only (left to right) until it looks clean.
Next, dab the cartridge on the towel to make sure that the ink is flowing.
Use a clean part of your dry paper towel to make sure that the cartridges are dry and then snap them back into the printer.
Select Old Cartridge install in the software.
Repeat the Clean Nozzle Page test one more time.
If the problem persists, you may need to replace the cartridge.
I would try using something like rubber renew on the pickup rollers and make sure that the paper is being fed correctly. If this is happening then start looking at the ink.
Open the printer and remove the ink. Clean around the ink carriage and
the under the ink with alcohol and a cotton swab. Pay special attention
to areas with copper contacts. Some
printers will let you re-run a cleaning utility from their system menu or the computer printer properties. Keep
in mind too that some printers will not print correctly, even with full ink, if
the exact type of ink it expects you to have is not installed. If all else fails change out the ink, but double
check that the ink is correct against the manual or written
instructions inside the printer. Not every cartridge that fits the
printer necessarily is the right type and using the wrong ink can cause unexpected results.
first check the nozzle (bottom of cartridge). if u dont see black spots around the nozzle line (many nozzle that form straight line, black long straight line, color, 3 short line), or a view of burnt, u can continue below.
blow the air hole till it drop the ink. then clean it with water. but note, dont wipe the nozzle, let them wet. u must wipe the contact with dry tissue before inserting it back.
as i can suggest you that it can be the problem of head clogged internally where you insert your black cartridge .and the other main cause is while you give a head cleaning command to get the cartridge cleaned it sucks or pulls the ink from the cartridge in such a huge quantity that 3-4 cleanings make the cartridge totally empty .due to this the ink gets very low and the printouts come with streaks.many a times setting the print mode in best makes the copy perfect.but the printing gets too slow in that best mode.
Turn off the device after removing the printhead
After removing the printhead, turn off the device, wait about 20 seconds, and turn it on again without the printhead installed. After it has restarted, reinsert the printhead.
it will go through this long routine of perhaps 20 min or so. after its compleate it should print great.
First with a clean soft cloth and a very small amt of alcohol clean off the underside of the printer carridge (the holder for the print heads) also where the print heads cleaning station is clean out any large masses of congealed link. Then remove the ink cartridge in question and with a pencileraser gently rub the contacts and both the cartridge and the carridge replace the cartridge. Using the software tools for the printer clean and align the printheads ( if there is an option to do so). If this dosn't fix the problem try a different ink cartridge.