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Really bad clunking sounds while printing

The alignment of the heads is way out and i can't seem to get them back to normal. When i print a page it comes out blurry, and i get terrible clunking sounds maybe from the little gear cogs

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The commonest cause of blurry print is oscillation of the print head running along the track. This is usually due to contamination of the grease by dust etc. Wipe the track clean and try a print. If the blur has gone, you've found that problem - but you will now need to re-lubricate the track. A light lithium grease is ideal.

If the blur has not gone, the clunking noises might or might not be associated. You now need to take off the printer top cover to have a look at what is going on. To help you with this, download the Service Manual from:

http://www.mediafire.com/?m6ouftizois

Report back what you find.

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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Solution: Reseat MP750 / MP780 print head

Reseat Print Head Reseating the print head is seldomly needed to be done.
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      mp780_scanunit.gif

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  4. Open the Inner Cover 2.

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  6. Lift up the lock lever and take out the print head.

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  7. Again, place the print head back in position and press down the lock lever.

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  8. Insert the ink tank into the empty slot on the print head. Press down gently on the ink tank until an audible click is heard. Make sure the ink tank is in the correct slot.

mp780_inktankclicked.gif

IMPORTANT:
a. Make sure that the ink tank is inserted in the slot that corresponds to the ink tank's color.
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  2. Close the Inner Cover 1.
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Manually Aligning The Print Head Position:
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  2. Select the paper source with <Feed Switch> button.
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  6. Beginning from column A on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

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    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)
    (2): Good example (Most solid box)
  7. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column A on the printout in step 6.
    (A): Column
    (0): Select pattern number with most solid image
  8. Press <OK>.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to adjust columns B to L. When all the horizontal patterns are adjusted, you will be prompted to print a vertical pattern [PRINT VERT. PATTERN].
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  11. Beginning from column M on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

    mp780_alignment2.gif

    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)
    (2): Good example (Most solid box)
  12. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column M on the printout in step 11.
  13. Press <OK>.
  14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 to adjust column N.
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