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I am trying to print my guest receipts and it is only printing out a quarter of the sheet with no ink.

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Hello, lets see if we can seperate problem with computer and printer, try running printers self test, i am curios if the machine will print properly, turn printer off, then hold paper feed button and turn machine on, paper will feed and print, once the first test pass, if you want to print the rest, press paper feed button, and machine will print and cut paper, this test is rather a little long, but it will give you info regarding paper feed, and cutting as well as impressions. if paper is dragging, check to see if the paper in machine is in correctly, you might want to check this out first, if the paper is in correctly, then problem is feeding, this is a little hard to clean, but you might want to try some isoproply alcohol and put some on the lead in paper, just enough to get paper wet, and try to allow machine to feed in, or maybe, if paper is already feeding in wet some area before going into machine with alcohol, and press feed button, and allow the paper to feed thru. tear off paper and try the printer test again. if still fails then machine has a problem and will need service.

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Black ink seems to be clogged even after putting in a new cartridge.


Try thi:

Cleaning the Print Head
  1. Press the Ink, Ink/Reports, Ink Management/Reports or Ink Management key.

  2. Use the up or down navigation key to select CLEANING.

  3. Press Menu/Set to confirm your choice.

  4. Use the up or down navigation key to select the color that is not printing
    -OR-
    Select ALL if more than one color is not printing.

  5. Press Menu/Set to confirm you choice.

  6. The machine should begin cleaning automatically, and the LCD will alternately show "CLEANING" and "PLEASE WAIT". When the machine completes its cleaning cycle, the LCD will display the date and time.

  7. Test by printing the "Print Quality Check Sheet":

    1. Press the Ink, Ink/Reports, Ink Management/Reports or Ink Management key.
    2. Use the up or down navigation key to select TEST PRINT.
    3. Press Menu/Set to confirm your choice.
    4. Use the up or down navigation key to select PRINT QUALITY.
    5. Press Menu/Set to confirm your choice. Press the Color(Colour) Start key to print the Test Sheet.
If one or more of the ink colors is still missing from the printed page, repeat the print head cleaning steps listed above up to 4 more times. After each cleaning, print the Print Quality Check Sheet to see if there is any improvement.

Jan 17, 2011 | Brother MFC-5840CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Print head is not printing seems to be clogged from non-use. Have tried test printing through several new cartridges and still not working. Can the old - dryed ink be cleaned off of the print heads?


Hi, below is from the brother website for your model. Very common for the ink heads to become clogged /dry out. You probably have done this but here it is anyway. your print head is part of the machine, so it will need to be disassembled to clean it, That can be very difficult. Try the following anyway, it might help you. also, you could try using a Q-Tip wet with vinegar water to get under to the bottom of the print heads, if you can get the head to move off its dock and then unplug it when its moved over. anyway here is the Brother link info (without pictures-see the link above if you need the pictures)
  • Print a Print Quality Check Sheet.

    1. ress the Ink or Ink Management key on the control panel of the machine.

    2. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Test Print and press OK.
    3. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Print Quality and press OK.
    4. 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:
    (B) Most of the short diagonal lines are missing from one or more color blocks:
    (C)Some parts of the short diagonal lines are missing from one or more color blocks:

  3. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for black. Press the down arrow key or 2 or "-" to chooseNo for black with the problem.
  4. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for Color. Press down the arrow key or 2 or "-" to chooseNo 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.

  8. Compare the second or third Print Quality Check Sheet with the first one you printed in step1:


    • If the print quality on the first Check Sheet matched Example (A) or (B) and you do not see any improvement on the second or third Check Sheet

    • If the print quality on the first Check Sheet matched Example (A) or (B) and you see some improvement on the second or third Check Sheet but it's not perfect, repeat the cleaning and the quality check process three more times (totally five times).

    • If the print quality on the first Check Sheet matched Example (C) and you do not see any improvement on the second or third Check Sheet, repeat the cleaning and the quality check process three more times (totally five times).
    Press Stop/Exit.

Aug 29, 2010 | Brother MFC-5460CN InkJet Printer

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My printer wnt work i boght new ink but it wont print


Hi

whenever you put new ink cartridges,your printer prints an alignment sheet
if your printer isn't printing,
one of the concern could be that it didn't print the alignment,uninstall the cartridges and put them back again.

also try printing an alignment sheet using the printer driver located in the control panel,printers and faxes
once you go into the properties and click on the device settings and click on service this device you will get option to print alignment sheet
this should work

Jul 17, 2009 | Dell 926 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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My copy prints come out blurry after changing ink cartiges


Try this:
Checking the print quality:
  1. Press the Ink or Ink Management key on the control panel.
  2. Press the up or down navigation key to select TEST PRINT and press Menu/Set or Set.
  3. Press the up or down navigation key to select PRINT QUALITY and press Menu/Set or Set.
  4. Press Color (Colour) Start. The MFC/DCP begins printing the Print Quality Test Sheet.
  5. By reviewing this Test Sheet, you can determine if the print quality needs improvement.
  6. Closely examine the print quality of the four color blocks that are formed by short diagonal lines on the Test Sheet.
    If all lines are clear and visible, press 1 (YES) and press Stop/Exit.
    If you can see missing short lines, press 2 (NO) and go to Step 7.
  7. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for black and three colors. Press 2 (NO) for black or three colors with the problem.
  8. The display will then show START CLEANING? 1.YES 2. NO.
    Press 1 (YES) and the MFC will start cleaning the color ink cartridges.
  9. After the cleaning is finished, press Color (Colour) Start. The MFC/DCP will print another Print Quality Test Sheet.
  10. If you can see missing short lines in any of the four color blocks press 2 (NO) and repeat the quality check and cleaning process. Repeat this procedure at least 5 times if print quality remains a problem. If short lines are still missing after the fifth cleaning and test print, replace the necessary ink cartridges. If the print quality of the 4 color blocks is OK, press 1 (YES).
Setting the Alignment:
  1. Press the Ink or Ink Management key on the control panel.
  2. Press the up or down navigation key to select TEST PRINT and press Menu/Set or Set.
  3. Press the up or down navigation key to select ALIGNMENT and press Menu/Set or Set.
  4. Press Black (Mono) Start or Color (Colour) Start. The MFC/DCP begins printing the Alignment Check Sheet.
  5. By reviewing this Test Sheet, you can determine if the alignment needs adjustment.
  6. Examine the 600 DPI and 1200 DPI test prints on the Alignment Check Sheet. If the number 5 sample of both the 600 DPI and 1200 DPI most closely matches the 0 sample, press 1 (YES).
    If one of the other samples is a better match for the 0 sample, press 2 (NO). The display will then prompt you to select the sample that most closely matches the 0 sample for 600 DPI and then 1200 DPI.
  7. Press Stop/Exit.
    If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please RATE it.
    Thanks, Joe

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Problem printing multiple pages on one sheet!


This is not the fault of the printer but the fault of word.

The way I did it successfully was as follow:
File > Page Setup > Layout = Landscape (sounds like you have already done this)

In the print dialoge, instead of OK, click Properties. On the layout tab, select landscape and below that select pages per sheet = 4 and then click ok... Then click OK to print.

May 22, 2008 | HP LaserJet 2200 Printer

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Text printing problem


maybe your black ink cartridge is empty.....try replacing it... but before you do that try the clean up utility first it might work if its not empty.....

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Red line on last quarter of photos


I assume that the red line is not on the photos themselves (make sure this is the case - if they're scanned photos, it might be a scanner problem). If this is a 4" by 6" paper, set it in the printer after bending it in the opposite direction. 1) Set a sheet of paper on the printing side of the paper to be printed on. (If the print surface is touched by hand, the print surface may be soiled by skin oils, and the print quality may deteriorate.) 2) To bend the paper, hold the paper in a rounded shape for about 10 seconds. 3) Remove the paper not to be used in printing, and confirm that, when laid flat with the print side up, the center of the paper to be printed on is raised between 2 to 5 mm (0.2 in.) . 4) The curled paper to be printed on should be set in the printer, and printed, sheet by sheet. Canon recommends using Photo Paper Pro PC-101S 4" x 6" sized paper. When using PC-101S, printing is performed at the center of paper and streaks or uneven printing is avoided. If this is an A4 sized paper, try using Photo Paper Pro PR-101 paper, and make sure that the printing quality is set to "high" or "fine". If nothing helps, I would suggest trying a new ink cartridge. If you still have this problem and nothing solves it, call a repairman.

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