I print alot of information from the web with my X1185 Jet printer. The color has been deteiorating. I have replaced the color print cartridge #26 with a brand new LXD 26 color print cartridge and the problem continues. I have run several of the test sheets and the color strip is pail blue. The colors are all off. occasionally the black color is os off too. Some suggested that the nozzels might be clogged. The said you don't use alchohol to clean. What and how do you clean the nozzles. Thank you.
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Ink is a lubricant for the print heads. Some color ink is used even if you only print in black or viceversa. If you printed with a color missing, you could destroy that print head from the friction of running without ink to lubricate it. That's why most printers won't allow you to print with a color missing even if you aren't using it.
If you allow a color to go empty, the residual ink in the head could clog and become permanently blocked. You would never be able to print that color again. So always replace ink cartridges as soon as they are empty.
Leaving your printer on takes very little power. Every so often the printer sends a signal to cycle the ink in the heads so it doesn't clog. If you turn your printer off, the next time you turn it on it will do a cleaning which wastes a lot of ink. The excess ink is soaked up by the waste pad beneath the printer. When the waste pad is full, the printer stops working. Unless you want to spend more than the cost of the printer or waste a lot of time on a messy cleanup you will end up throwing the printer out. So shutting it off actually shortens its life.
If you leave the printer off for extended periods of time, the ink in the heads will clog and you will have to throw the printer away. Someone I know with a Canon (though this can happen with any inkjet) had to have the heads replaced twice within the first few months before the Canon tech told her to stop turning it off. Since then it has worked perfectly for over a year.
How to clear blocked print heads: -leave the printer on for a day -run several head cleanings and print the nozzle check pattern -if that doesn't fix it, remove the cartridge(s) from the blocked head and drop alcohol where the ink enters the printer. -reinsert the cartridges -run one head cleaning -wait about an hour then run some head cleanings. -dip the print heads in Isopropyl Alcohol overnight, which you can buy from chemist
-if that still doesn't work, your heads may be clogged to the point where they need repair or replacement, which will probably cost more than a new printer.
Your black cartridge is most definitely clogged. You can easily check that by removing the cartridge and press the print head on some tissue. If there is no mark, the print head on your black cartridge is clogged. Now, HP has some kind of software head cleaning. It doesn't always work, but you can try. Here is a link to HP site, referring to your problem: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01361894&cc=bg&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3692888 Read carefully and follow the instructions. If that doesn't solve your problem, you should buy a new black cartridge. Also, bear in mind that with ink-jet printers, you need to print something at least once in 10-15 days, otherwise the print head will again get clogged and you will be facing the same issue over and over again. If you do not print on a regular basis, make some kind of test page, that contains black, yellow, magenta and cyan. Print that page once in 2 weeks and your printer will always work fine.
It's likely the print head is clogged. You have 2 options:
1) Remove and clean the print head. Open the printer and lift the gray lever and just pull out the print head. There are no tabs to push, it simply slides out. Search the web for cleaning techniques. Looks like people have tried hot water, isopropyl alcohol, and ammonia. I don't know what the best technique is. It's probably a good idea to finish with a distilled water rinse and soak up the excess water with regular towels or paper towels. Remember to clean the ink jet at the bottom of the print head and not the electronic circuitry at the back of the print head.
2) Buy a replacement print head for $50-$65 off the web.
Hope that helps :-)
If the ink cartridge is not empty it is probably clogged. The Print nozzles are very sensitive and cleaning attempts can make the situation even worse if carried out wrong. You can try cleaning with dry gas alcohol as it contains no water. Use a piece of leather sham or other non lint material like eyeglass lens cleaner wipes and the dry gas. Wet your cloth and gently hold it on the print nozzles allowing the alcohol to dissolve the dried ink in the nozzles. Do not rub hard or you will ruin the print head. Hold it in place for at least 2 minutes with a generous amount of alcohol in the cloth. Imm ediately place the cartridge in the printer and perfom the clean nozzle function. If this does not remedy your problem the print cartridge must be replaced. Hope this helps you out.
Im sorry to inform but yes, Epson ink jet printers require all of the ink cartridges to have ink in them in order to print any color, black and white, or grayscale images. Epson printers contain a permanent print head that needs to be charged with all colors to work. Even when users are printing black text only, a small amount of color ink is used to keep the print head charged for color printing and prevent air bubbles from entering the color print nozzles which can damage the print head. Therefore, once one of the cartridges are expended, the printer signals you to replace the cartridge in order for printing to continue.
If yes, buy original brother ink carts and do the cleaning cycle again. If you are lucky the printhead isnt clogged due to the third party ink which has not the additives and glycerin needed for the printhead to run without probs.
In case the head is clogged there is nothing more what you can do. Sorry! A replacement might costs more than a new mfc 440cn!
if you purchased generic replacement cartridges,you may have gotton bad cartridge(this happens alot),if not you're print head may be clogged,if that's the case you will need to bring it to a repair shop to be cleaned,very messy you would not want to try to clean