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Printing nice but very light

I've not used my IP90 in several months. It would not print - well it would barely print and not in correct colors. I had experienced this on my older i70 and flushed the ink cartridges with alcohol and then did deep cleaning a few times and installed new cartridges. Did the same now on my IP90 and it's printing nicely. The test print looks fine, but the color is just not very rich - it's very light - almost as if it were printing at 50% resolution? I know this printer is capable of beautiful rich, deep color and I'm not getting it. Ideas??

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  • glenmoyer Jul 30, 2008

    I just purchased brand new cartridges and installed them after the cleaning. Not old ink but thanks for the help.

  • glenmoyer Jul 30, 2008

    I'm on a Mac OSX 10.4.9 and I've gone into preferences, print & fax, and found the IP90 but the when I go to printer settings thee are no controls like you mention. Nothing shows under 'installable options". Should I be looking elsewhere?

  • glenmoyer Jul 31, 2008

    I've narrowed the problem down to software, not the printer. I printed a document from MS Word and there found the printer setup preferences. I was able to adjust the printer output to 'fine' and the results are perfect.

    The document I was trying to print originally was done in InDesign CS. I went back and tried to print it and again got the less than satisfactory results. On a hunch, I saved one of the pages from this document out of IDCS to a pdf file. When I opened and printed the pdf file, again, perfect results. Clearly then the issue is with the printer settings - or lack thereof within InDesign CS. I've searched and found nothing like those available thru MS Word.

    If anyone here has an idea about the IP90 and InDesign CS feel free to comment, but I think I've solved the problem - except for when I want to print from InDesign - wthich is what most of my publishing work is done in.


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Did you try going into printer settings and checking for printer relotion settings. If the printer is set to a low resolution value or to fast print the color will be dim.
Check also that you are using correct paper type settings.
By the way the IP90 is a basic printer.

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The ink may have become very old. i would suggest you to make a refill again.

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  • dewan nafees ahmed Jul 30, 2008

    yes.. as said by ginko i would suggest you to check for the printer settings.

    the default settings will be in text mode. change it to text with image or image

    that may help you.


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