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Follow manufacturers instructuion on cleaning print head/ ribbon this might help

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Regarding your recent inquiry about the HP 96 or HP 96 ink cartridge poor print quality problems with your HP printer (i.e. severe print fade, streaking, degraded or missing colors), we suggest you perform the following corrective steps to help resolve the issue:

Cartridge & Printer maintenance should be evaluated - ensure both ink cartridges and flex cable contact surfaces (where the cartridge interfaces to the carriage inside the printer) are thoroughly clean: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1519

1) Gently blot the cartridge Nozzle Plate with a damp lint-free towel/wipe - a small amount of ink should be dispensed, and be visible, on the towel (all 3 colors should be present for a Tri-color cartridge).

2) If no ink is dispersed from nozzle plate (i.e. visible on towel) or ink cartridge completely fails to print on paper after installed in printer, then more drastic cartridge and printer cleaning steps will likely need to be performed to recover ink cartridge (NOTE: foam inside cartridge can dry out and become very hard - the foam must be moist with ink to function correctly (i.e. ink flows and wets the nozzle plate). Refer to 'clogged ink cartridge recovery' video here: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2818

Providing the ink cartridges are clean, the problem may be caused by a dirty wiper blade or poor seal in the service station (capping station where the ink cartridges park when not in use) and this is causing the poor jetting / print performance issue you are observing. Remove the ink cartridges and thoroughly clean the wipers and seals: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1519

If the issue continues then please refer to 'Troubleshooting' section on our website - the printer manufacturer websites are also provided here: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=106

Run a quick printer 'self test' (see link below for instructions) or print one of the Inkjet411 test prints to evaluate cartridge performance (i.e. 4-color test print): http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=146

Advanced HP Printer Diagnostics (i.e. printer self tests, etc.): http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1813

You can also check our 'Print Quality' page of the 'General Information' section of the Inkjet 411 website and follow additional suggestions provided, particularly if the cartridge is not causing the poor image quality problem (i.e. printer driver settings issue): http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1432

If the poor print quality problem persists please return the cartridge to Costco and request the operator to 'stamp test' the ink cartridge.

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NOTE: If your printer works routinely after inserting a brand new HP integrated ink cartridge in it, this will confirm that the ink cartridge's internal foam was too dry to recover or the internal micro-electronics were electrically damaged.
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Please note that we provide professional ink cartridge refilling services in multiple countries and at multiple retail outlets:

INK REFILL SERVICES:
Costco USA (462 stores): http://www.costcoinkjetrefill.com
Costco Canada (57 stores, more coming soon): http://www.ca.costcoinkjetrefill.com
Costco Mexico (35 stores): http://es.costcoinkjetrefill.com/
Fry's Electronics (34 stores): http://www.frys.com/ads/page51
Best Buy Canada (13 stores): www.geeksquad.ca/inkrefill/
Micro Center (8 stores): http://www.microcenter.com/site/content/refill-service.aspx
9 Major Universities in USA & Canada
Ink Cartridge Refill Store Map Locator: http://www.go2ris.com/

Our network of retailers stand behind the product and performance - guaranteed. Customers who have questions regarding the use of refilled ink cartridges can visit http://www.inkjet411.com or contact us directly at INKJET411HELP@GMAIL.COM

NOTE: If you need to purchase a new ink cartridge(s) in the interest of saving on original manufacturer ink costs, we suggest you try a remanufactured ink cartridge from http://www.inkplicity.com/ as their ink cartridges typically have the lowest cost in the USA, have a high reliability rating, provide a 1-year warranty and free shipping over $20.

For any additional questions please contact us directly: Inkjet411help@gmail.com

-Thank you

Sep 27, 2014 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Im trying to print a black and white document but it wont let me print because my color cartridge is missing


The Lexmark X2600 requires both cartridges to have ink in them to continue printing, even if your printing in "black and white". To print true black, you actually use some of the color ink. , Leaving the color cartridge empty or dry isn't good for the printer. It can lead to poor print quality issues.

Sep 22, 2011 | Lexmark X2600 InkJet Printer

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Canon ip2700 after refill of Black cartridge ink status still shows 'low' and print is very poor - breaks, incomplete - as ink running out. How to reset ink level, or to disable warning, and to get print...


For your ip2700, even if you reset your refilled cartridge, they are not going to be usable.
After 4~5 times of color refill, you will see e5 error that cartridge is not readable anymore.

So you need to replace your cartridge with new one somehow.

If you would like to save money, try refill kit by "ROADINK".
Not only they are easy, but also the printing quality is good.
For your better understanding pls check out my youtube video.
And will see how easy ink refill can be done.

Apr 20, 2011 | Canon iP2700 Inkjet Photo Printer

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Photos are printing with poor tone and color. cartridges are new. how do i adjust?


Take the cartridges out and see if the ink is coming out evenly on the tape. It can also be the quality of photo paper you are purchasing. I found Kodak brand works best.

Apr 25, 2010 | HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One InkJet...

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Canon MP150 consumes color ink when ''Ink Cartidge'' = ''Black Only''


In order to keep the printhead free of clogs, all inkjet printers 'clean' the cartridges (color & black) fairly often. In my experience, a printer that is used regularly doesn't need 'cleaning' as often as it is done since this is an ink-wasting procedure and one that keeps the orders coming in for new cartridges where the vast majority of the profit is. Printers used only infrequently do have a tendency to clog and produce the poor quality we all hate.
Epson printers have ceramic printheads (the models I know) which will last just about forever providing they are used regularly. In home use, they have an ugly tendency to clog and often cannot be restored to their otherwise excellent performance. Printers using the integrated printhead/cartridge are easier to keep printing but this system makes the replacement cost much higher and the manufacturing cost slightly higher.
While HP hardware and consumables were made in the US (outside San Diego), I knew employees there and the early integrated cartridges cost a whole ~ 85 cents to produce and $20-$30 dollars to buy at retail.
Printing quality has unquestionably improved but it isn't likely to get any cheaper.

Dec 02, 2009 | Canon Office Equipment & Supplies

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J4680 printer cartridge problem with color will not print color


Is this cartridge an HP factory new cartridge?

Most companies build logic into the printer to prevent refilled cartridges or third party cartridges from being used.

They do this because they have protect both the print quality and the printer from damage by poor quality ink.

Don

Oct 22, 2009 | HP J4680 Office Jet All-In-One Printer

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Poor photo printing quality with new color cartridge


Shaking these cartridges does nothing except give you a little exercise. If this is a brand new HP cartridge you are having problems with I would return it to the store you purchased it from. HP brand cartridges should not give you these problems right out of the box. The print defects you are seeing are due to a dried up or clogged print head. If you like you can try hydrating the print head on a water soaked paper towel until the ink starts flowing, but there's a risk you will cross contaminate the colors.

Oct 08, 2009 | HP PhotoSmart C4480 All-in-One Printer ...

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Color cartridge is new. quality is poor. Have


make sure the cartridge is firmly seated in the carriage. If so you may just have a defective cartridge. Return it to Walmart and exchange it as a defective cartridge otherwise.

Jun 13, 2009 | Lexmark X6170 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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WHILE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY MY PRINT QUALITY IS SO POOR. AFTER CLEANING THE HEADS A FEW TIMES I WENT TO PRING A "QUALITY TEST PAGE". The MFC said i was out of paper. i refilled the paper (with the...


the messages you get for cartridges other than the original are not trustful. You will get the right reading for original(from Brother) cartridges. Some ink is poor for printing photo quality.

not any refillable ink is right for printing photos, sometimes too dark, sometimes you don't get the right mix of colors.


Mar 30, 2009 | Brother MFC-5840CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Poor color printing quality


do you have the canon print management software installed? it's located in the maintenance tab on that software.

www.canon.com has that by model number

Jun 16, 2008 | Canon PIXMA iP3000 InkJet Photo Printer

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