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Faded print quality

I purchased a new printer, and upon replacing the ink cartridge for the first time I got a faded quality. I followed all the steps recommended by Brother; I checked to be sure the toner saver was off; I manually set the toner quality darker; and I even contacted Brother directly, but no solution. All they did was refer me back to the original recommendations. I tried a new toner cartridge (Brother brand, as recommended), but still faded print. This is getting expensive.

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  • iggysz Sep 07, 2008

    I am having the exact same problem. I replaced the toner cartridge for the first time. I followed the instruction for chaning the toner cartridge including shaking it from side to side. I cleaned the inside and outside of the printer as suggested in the manual. I also made sure the "toner saver" feature was off as suggested in the tips for improving printer quality portion of the manual. The only thing I have not tried is replacing the printer drum. (The drum light has not come on, so I doubt this is the problem.



    None of these steps has helped. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks.

  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2008

    Exact same problem here - I replaced the cartridge and printing is still faded.

  • bucket46 May 11, 2010

    Did you lightly shake the cartridge back and forth to spread the toner?

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If your toner saver is off and still getting faded quality means you mirrors and Scanning Lamp are not reflecting images properly.
Now if you are handy on printer then you need to take off glass
faded print quality - bb15714.jpg from printer then you need to clean ADF units (mirrors,lense lamp etc)
0a45468.jpg but if you unaware of printer repairing, i highly recommend to call a printer tech who ca fix back it quick.

sometime printer acts weired due to this problem while printer or make copies.

Good luck
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Canon MX882 won't print. I put in new ink cartridges, cleaned the print head, shut the printer off and turned it back on. Nothing worked. I'm about to throw it out and buy a new printer. Any suggestions...


Regarding your recent inquiry about the Canon MX882 poor print quality/lack of printing performance, it sounds like the semi-permanent PRINTHEAD* is either clogged (from dried ink), has an electrical connection issue or has reached END-OF-LIFE*. To help determine which is causing the error condition, please perform the following steps (if you have already performed a step, please continue to the next step in the order shown):


Canon Cartridge Troubleshooting: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1537
(Review all steps below prior to beginning - ensure nothing has been overlooked)

1. Go into the printer's maintenance/tools menu and print a print quality test (i.e. heading cleaning, nozzle test or similar) to help identify which color (of number of colors) is impacted.

NOTE: To help determine which color has run out, use the following suggestions in sequence until you are able to identify the empty color: 1) Generate a Print Quality Test Page from your printer control panel; a faded color band indicates empty. 2) To distinguish between a black and photo black cartridge, print a text document and/or a photo. Faded black in a text document indicates the black cartridge is empty; faded black in a photo indicates the photo black cartridge is empty. 3) To distinguish between cyan, yellow, and magenta click here: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=146 A faded or missing color band indicates empty.

2. At the printer's control panel under the 'Maintenance' or 'Tools' menu, activate a 'CLEANING' or 'HEAD CLEANING' to prime the ink system. Then Run the Inkjet411 'Ink Recovery Test Print' from our Test Prints page to verify all colors are firing properly (all printers also provide some form of a Self Test page): http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=146

3. Check your user's manual to see if there are any procedures on cleaning the service station/capping station assembly (this is where the carriage/cartridges 'park' when not in use). A dirty service station can cause all kinds of improper color output problems (assuming the printhead is working correctly of course). NOTE: May not be applicable for your model depending on the printer design.

4. The Ink Absorber, if applicable depending on print model, may also be full which could also cause printing related issues (typically an error code will be displayed when the ink absorber is full)...here is a customer/yahoo response on this particular issue: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130523085451AAE1TqW

5. Refer to our print quality support page to ensure other variables are not causing the issue such as printer driver settings or operating system device conflict, etc: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1432

6. If this does not remedy the problem, then one or more of the ink ports may be dry within the PRINTHEAD assembly (the ink cartridges physically connect to this electronic assembly). We suggest you either remove the printhead and perform a hot water flush for 2 minutes (in a sink) or using an eye-dropper, or similar, drip 5-10 milliliters (i.e. 1-2 teaspoons) of distilled water into the respective color ink port to help saturate the foam. http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2804

7. Reinstall ink cartridges and retest.

8. If all ink cartridges are printing normally then the problem may the printer driver (i.e. file conversion issue); if one or more of the colors remain missing (...on internal test print) then we suggest you return to your retail refiller (i.e. Costco) and request to have the cyan/black (or more) ink cartridges weighed and checked. They should also ensure the smart chips are properly reset.

9. If the problem persists with full ink cartridges, then the PRINTHEAD* is likely clogged or electrically damaged - see below.

-Thank you

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Inkjet411 Suggested PRINTHEAD Cleaning Procedures - ADVANCED RECOVERY RESOLUTIONS ONLY

1.Canon Printhead Warm-Water Flush Procedure: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2804

3rd party PRINTHEAD CLEANING solutions (for additional reference only):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL8QaFVwsEs (Canon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZheZf-vdho8 (Canon Printhead removal / water flush)

2.If the problem persists, then you may have a damaged PRINTHEAD (worst case scenario), unrelated to the refilled cartridges. The printhead is a separate electronic assembly (which the cartridges are installed into) and is responsible for firing the ink drops onto the paper. Over time and based on usage this assembly will eventually fail (typically lasts ~4,000 to 5000 printed pages on avg). Refer to video on how the PRINTHEAD functions: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2054

A replacement PRINTHEAD can normally be purchased from Canon.com (genuine part) or from Alibaba.com (aftermarket part).

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PRINTHEAD TECHNICAL NOTES:
http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2934

IIT (individual ink tank-based) printer models have an electronic PRINTHEAD within the base of the carriage assembly (responsible for pulling ink from the 4, 5 or 6 ink cartridges and then firing the ink droplets onto the paper) - these will eventually fail depending on print usage type and printer duty cycle (i.e. rated for approximately 10,000 printed pages over life, but the consumer average is typically closer ~4,000-5,000 thruput pages). The printhead is replaceable and can be ordered directly from the manufacturer or www.Amazon.com . For information on how the PRINTHEAD functions, please watch the following video: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2054

Typically the printhead should not reach it's end-of-life until after a minimum of 8 or more complete sets of cartridge changes. While some printheads may last 10,000+ pages others may only last 2000 pages, actual results will vary. The printhead will eventually fail in time due to an internal micro-electronics failure, due to the following leading factors: general customer print usage and printer care, printer duty cycle (i.e. # pages printed per month), printing frequency (i.e. time between each print job), print mode (i.e. draft vs. normal) and content printed (i.e. photos vs plain pages) and color mode (black and white only vs. color/greyscale printing).

Paper types used (i.e. plain paper, photo papers & matte/heavy bond papers) and paper edge curl (i.e. duration in printer and/or exposure to low relative humidity) can also quickly lead to premature printhead failures due to physical 'head strikes' of the paper edges making repeated contact with the printhead nozzle plate surfaces.
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CAUTION: the use of compatible/clone cartridges (i.e. sold thru the internet from overseas) are known to be problematic and may cause printer errors and permanent PRINTHEAD damage. We do NOT suggest refilling these types of ink cartridges.....refilling of original/genuine ink cartridges is only suggested!

Canon BCI-3e Ink Refilling Services & Additional Cautions:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvnrAsG2DIk
Canon BCI-6 Ink Refilling Services & Additional Cautions:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1dQuuJQYuo
Canon PGI-5/CL-8 Ink Refilling Services & Additional Cautions:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SSnu4XhWG0
Canon 220/221 Ink Refilling Services & Additional Cautions:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvXiiKVNVf8
Canon 225/226 Ink Refilling Services & Additional Cautions:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1QDEDRZapY
Canon 250/251 Ink Refilling Services & Additional Cautions:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJHUtt8M6Vw
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Please advise if the above suggestions do not help remedy the current issue. For any additional questions please contact us directly: Inkjet411help@gmail.com

If you ever need to purchase a new Canon ink cartridge(s) and are trying to cut 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, come with a 1-year warranty and provide free shipping for all orders above $20 (purchases available to USA residents only).

-Thank you







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How do you remove the printer head to clean it?


Regarding your recent inquiry about your MX892 poor print quality/lack of printing performance (or similar), it sounds like your PRINTHEAD is either clogged (from dried ink) or has reached END-OF-LIFE, to help determine which please perform the following steps (if you have already performed a step, please continue to the next step in the order shown):



Canon Cartridge Troubleshooting: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1537





1.Go into the printer\'s maintenance/tools menu and print a print quality test (i.e. heading cleaning, nozzle test or similar) to help identify which color (of number of colors) is impacted.



NOTE: To help determine which color has run out, use the following suggestions in sequence until you are able to identify the empty color:



1) Generate a Print Quality Test Page from your printer control panel; a faded color band indicates empty. 2) To distinguish between a black and photo black cartridge, print a text document and/or a photo. Faded black in a text document indicates the black cartridge is empty; faded black in a photo indicates the photo black cartridge is empty. 3) To distinguish between cyan, yellow, and magenta click here: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=146 A faded or missing color band indicates empty.



2.At the printer\'s control panel under the \'Maintenance\' or \'Tools\' menu, activate a \'CLEANING\' or \'HEAD CLEANING\' to prime the ink system. Then Run the Inkjet411 \'Ink Recovery Test Print\' from our Test Prints page to verify all colors are firing properly (all printers also provide some form of a Self Test page): http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=146



3.Check your user\'s manual to see if there are any procedures on cleaning the service station/capping station assembly (this is where the carriage/cartridges \'park\' when not in use). A dirty service station can cause all kinds of improper color output problems (assuming the printhead is working correctly of course). NOTE: May not be applicable for your model depending on the printer design.



4.If this does not remedy the problem, then one or more of the ink ports may be dry within the PRINTHEAD assembly (the ink cartridges physically connect to this electronic assembly). We suggest you either remove the printhead and perform a hot water flush for 2 minutes (in a sink) or using an eye-dropper, or similar, drip 5-10 milliliters (i.e. 1-2 teaspoons) of distilled water into the respective color ink port to help saturate the foam. http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2804



7.Reinstall ink cartridges and retest.



      Inkjet411 Suggested PRINTHEAD Cleaning Procedures:

      Canon Printhead Warm-Water Flush Procedure: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2804



      3rd party PRINTHEAD CLEANING solutions (for additional reference only):

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL8QaFVwsEs(Canon)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZheZf-vdho8 (Canon Printhead removal / water flush)



      8.If the problem persists, then you may have a damaged PRINTHEAD (worst case scenario), unrelated to the refilled cartridges. The printhead is a separate electronic assembly (which the cartridges are installed into) and is responsible for firing the ink drops onto the paper. Over time and based on usage this assembly will eventually fail (typically lasts ~4,000 to 5000 printed pages on avg). Refer to video on how the PRINTHEAD functions: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2054


        ----

        PRINHEAD TECHNICAL NOTES:



        IIT (individual ink tank-based) printer models have an electronic PRINTHEAD within the base of the carriage assembly (responsible for pulling ink from the 4, 5 or 6 ink cartridges and then firing the ink droplets onto the paper) - these will eventually fail depending on print usage type and printer duty cycle (i.e. rated for approximately 10,000 printed pages over life, but the consumer average is typically closer ~4,000-5,000 thruput pages). The printhead is replaceable and can be ordered directly from the manufacturer or www.Amazon.com . For information on how the PRINTHEAD functions, please watch the following video: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2054



        Typically the printhead should not reach it\'s end-of-life until after a minimum of 8 or more complete sets of cartridge changes. While some printheads may last 10,000+ pages others may only last 2000 pages, actual results will vary. The printhead will eventually fail in time due to an internal micro-electronics failure, due to the following leading factors: general customer print usage and printer care, printer duty cycle (i.e. # pages printed per month), printing frequency (i.e. time between each print job), print mode (i.e. draft vs. normal) and content printed (i.e. photos vs plain pages) and color mode (black and white only vs. color/greyscale printing).



        Paper types used (i.e. plain paper, photo papers & matte/heavy bond papers) and paper edge curl (i.e. duration in printer and/or exposure to low relative humidity) can also quickly lead to premature printhead failures due to physical \'head strikes\' of the paper edges making repeated contact with the printhead nozzle plate surfaces.



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



        NOTE: If you need to purchase a new ink cartridge(s), 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 and have a high reliability rating.



        -Thank you









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Hi,

Here are some steps you can check to resolve your issue.

Check if the ink cartridges are low, specially the color black since if the black is empty, you are using the colored cartridges to print black. If the cartridges are newly replaced check the cartridges by reseating it. Try to consider changing the print quality high but doing so will use more ink. If still the same try to clean your printer heads.

Here are the instruction for cleaning your printer.

Open the printer tool box. (open a word, then click on file then print, choose properties, then services)
click on clean the print cartridges, then clean. Do test printing as well to check if the color is correct. If still the same calibrate the color which can be found in the same menu.

For more information here is the link for step by step instruction with visuals.

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I have been told my printhead is malfunctioning. Can I clean it myself?


You can look in thr user guide or printer help for Troubleshooting and Routine Manteinance.Make sure that the Printer Driver or Paper Type setting in the menu matches the
type of paper you are using. (See Printing in the Software User's Guide on the CDROM.Make sure that your ink cartridges are fresh. The following may cause ink to clog The expiration date written on the cartridge package has passed. (Cartridges
stay usable for up to two years if kept in their original packaging.) The ink cartridge was in your machine over six months.The ink cartridge may not have been stored properly before use.
Try using the recommended types of paper.
CLEANING:
Press Ink.
Press a or b to choose Cleaning.
Press OK.
Press a or b to choose Black, Color
or All.
Press OK.
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When cleaning is finished, the machine
will go back to standby mode
automatically.

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Press Ink.
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Press OK.
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Quality Check Sheet.
Check the quality of the four color blocks
on the sheet.
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1.Yes 2.No
Do one of the following:
If all lines are clear and visible, press
1 to choose Yes, and go to step j.
If you can see missing short lines as
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Black OK?
1.Yes 2.No
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1.Yes 2.No
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head.
After cleaning is finished, press Color
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return to step e.
Press Stop/Exit.
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color.
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new ink cartridge. If ink is still missing,
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Hi,

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ANSER #1

Assuming that you are using original Canon cartridges or a brand of Compatibles that you have used before.

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