A couple things can cause this you may not have tried yet.
- First in your printer driver properties, select the highest dpi setting and the correct paper setting for your type of printer.
- Run a print head cleaning cycle. Run up to five cycles in sequence. Print a nozzle check
pattern after every one or two cleaning cycles to see if you have made any
progress. On most printers, after approximately every fifth cycle, the printer
will perform a more powerful head cleaning routine.
- Clean the capping station The capping station is a rectangular flat sponge surrounded
by a raised gasket. When the print head is in the “parked position,” at the
right side of the printer carriage, the gasket of the cap presses against the
print head, sealing it. One purpose of this is to keep the print head from
drying out due to air exposure. Instructions: (1) push the “ink change” button to move print head off the cap. Unplug
the printer (2)
Look inside the printer case, below where the print head was originally
sitting, to find the cap or caps. A cap is a rectangular piece, approximately
1” high by 2” wide(3) Look at the cap, using a flashlight if necessary. It
should be horizontal, not tilted at an angle. If it tilted, there may be a
problem with the fixture supporting it. (4) Clean the cap. Sometimes you may notice a buildup of residue or liquid
in the cap or on the gasket; other times you will not. Use a drinking straw to
deposit warm water, or use the tube from the inside of a bottle of Windex to
deposit Windex, onto the sponge. Use your finger to dispense only two or three
drops of liquid at a time. The liquid will remain in the cap for a few seconds,
but will soon drain out. Repeat this several times. Try not to let the Windex
or water spill around the cap, and into the printer. (5) Fold a paper towel into a 4”x4” (10cm X 10cm) pad. Press the towel gently
on the sponge to dab away ink and water or Windex. As you push on the sponge,
push down and slightly to the right, to protect the spring-loaded mechanism
that supports it. (6)
Dip a cotton swab (Q-Tip) in water, and use it to wipe gently around the
edge of the capping station gasket, to remove dirt buildup there.
- Ink flow problems can occur if the air channels on the top
of the cartridge become blocked. Check to make sure the cartridges that their is not bits of machined plastic on the top that was not properly removed.