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After each cartidge change keep getting sheet with the following to get best quality follow these steps and a bunch of dit and lines can you advise how i can get rid of this sheet when printer is turned on

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  • aivan Aug 20, 2008

    how do i check settings for the printer as i am just a nonice at this

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Its an alignment page. after you replace your cartridge, the printer needs to be realigned with most models so that the cartridge can accurately print without blurring or making pictures look funny.

its automatic. check your settings for the printer. you might be able to change that.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

  • Chris Stevens
    Chris Stevens Aug 21, 2008

    it would be in the program that came with the printer as part of the driver package.

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When you change the ink cartraige and clean printer and test the colours the quality of colour is not good on the test! what do you segested i try beacaue the machine has been on its 100th clean and...


    1. Print a Print Quality Check Sheet.

    2. Press the Ink or Ink Management key on the control panel.
    3. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Test Print and press OK.
    4. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Print Quality and press OK.
    5. Press Color (Colour) start. The machine begins printing the Print Quality Check Sheet.


    1. Closely examine the Print Quality Check Sheet. Each of the four colors is represented by a slanted square pattern made up of individual blocks. The colors should appear in the following order from left to right: Black - Yellow - Cyan - Magenta.

    2. Compare the print quality of the Check Sheet you just printed with the three examples listed below:

      (A) One or more complete blocks of colors are missing:

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      (B) Most of the short diagonal lines are missing from one or more color blocks:

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      (C)Some parts of the short diagonal lines are missing from one or more color blocks:

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    3. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for black. Press the down arrow key or 2 or "-" to choose No for black with the problem.
    4. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for Color. Press the down arrow key or 2 or "-" to choose No for color with the problem.
    5. The display will then show Start Cleaning? Yes No.
      Press the up arrow key or 1 or "+" to choose Yes and the machine will start cleaning the color ink cartridges.
    6. When the machine completes cleaning the print head, press Color(Colour) Start. Another Print Quality Check Sheet will print.

    7. Repeat the cleaning and the quality check process following the Step 4-7.

    Jun 02, 2011 | Brother MFC 6490CW InkJet Printer

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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.
    The machine cleans the print head.
    When cleaning is finished, the machine
    will go back to standby mode
    automatically.

    Checking the print quality
    If faded or streaked colors and text appear on
    your output, some of the nozzles may be
    clogged. You can check this by printing the
    Print Quality Check Sheet and looking at the
    nozzle check pattern.
    Press Ink.
    Press a or b to choose Test Print.
    Press OK.
    Press a or b to choose
    Print Quality.
    Press OK.
    Press Color Start.
    The machine begins printing the Print
    Quality Check Sheet.
    Check the quality of the four color blocks
    on the sheet.
    Is Quality OK?
    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
    shown below, press 2 to choose No.
    The LCD asks you if the print quality is
    OK for black and three colors.
    Black OK?
    1.Yes 2.No
    Press 1 (Yes) or 2 (No).
    The LCD asks you if you want to start
    cleaning.
    Start Cleaning?
    1.Yes 2.No
    Press 1 (Yes).
    The machine starts cleaning the print
    head.
    After cleaning is finished, press Color
    Start.
    The machine starts printing the Print
    Quality Check Sheet again and then
    return to step e.
    Press Stop/Exit.
    If you repeat this procedure at least five
    times and the print quality is still poor,
    replace the ink cartridge for the clogged
    color.
    After replacing the ink cartridge, check
    the print quality. If the problem still
    exists, repeat the cleaning and test print
    procedures at least five times for the
    new ink cartridge. If ink is still missing,
    call Brother Customer Service

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    Print head is not printing seems to be clogged from non-use. Have tried test printing through several new cartridges and still not working. Can the old - dryed ink be cleaned off of the print heads?


    Hi, below is from the brother website for your model. Very common for the ink heads to become clogged /dry out. You probably have done this but here it is anyway. your print head is part of the machine, so it will need to be disassembled to clean it, That can be very difficult. Try the following anyway, it might help you. also, you could try using a Q-Tip wet with vinegar water to get under to the bottom of the print heads, if you can get the head to move off its dock and then unplug it when its moved over. anyway here is the Brother link info (without pictures-see the link above if you need the pictures)
    • Print a Print Quality Check Sheet.

      1. ress the Ink or Ink Management key on the control panel of the machine.

      2. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Test Print and press OK.
      3. Press the up or down arrow key to choose Print Quality and press OK.
      4. Press Color (Colour) start. The machine begins printing the Print Quality Check Sheet.
    1. Closely examine the Print Quality Check Sheet. Each of the four colors is represented by a slanted square pattern made up of individual blocks. The colors should appear in the following order from left to right: Black - Yellow - Cyan - Magenta.
    2. Compare the print quality of the Check Sheet you just printed with the three examples listed below:

      (A) One or more complete blocks of colors are missing:
      (B) Most of the short diagonal lines are missing from one or more color blocks:
      (C)Some parts of the short diagonal lines are missing from one or more color blocks:

    3. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for black. Press the down arrow key or 2 or "-" to chooseNo for black with the problem.
    4. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for Color. Press down the arrow key or 2 or "-" to chooseNo for color with the problem.
    5. The display will then show Start Cleaning? Yes No.
      Press the up arrow key or 1 or "+" to choose Yes and the machine will start cleaning the color ink cartridges.
    6. When the machine completes cleaning the print head, press Color(Colour) Start. Another Print Quality Check Sheet will print.

    7. Repeat the cleaning and the quality check process following the Step 4-7.

    8. Compare the second or third Print Quality Check Sheet with the first one you printed in step1:


      • If the print quality on the first Check Sheet matched Example (A) or (B) and you do not see any improvement on the second or third Check Sheet

      • If the print quality on the first Check Sheet matched Example (A) or (B) and you see some improvement on the second or third Check Sheet but it's not perfect, repeat the cleaning and the quality check process three more times (totally five times).

      • If the print quality on the first Check Sheet matched Example (C) and you do not see any improvement on the second or third Check Sheet, repeat the cleaning and the quality check process three more times (totally five times).
      Press Stop/Exit.

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    My hp 4355 printer, error code cartridge error, n


    No problem ... just try to follow these steps please and it will give all the answer for your question

    remove the cartidge from the printer and clean up the bronze dotted spots on the cartidge as well as the place where the cartidge is placed inside the printer... then turn on your printer it will ask you to insert the cartidges .....
    hope it will owrk for you if does not you may try another cartidge if does not work either its time to call the Manufacturer and get the printer replaced....

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    Toubleshooting and routine maintainance is what comes oout on myscreen


    Found this on the web. Click on link below to print the entire manual out to keep. Below are steps to do cleaning. If you find this helpful pls rate me. Thanks and Good Luck.

    http://www.brother-usa.com/ModelDocuments/Consumer/Users%20Manual/UM_MFC_210C_420CN_EN_286.PDF

    How to improve print quality Cleaning the print head
    To ensure good print quality, the MFC will regularly clean the print head. You can start the cleaning process manually if needed. Clean the print head and ink cartridges if you get a horizontal line in the text or graphics on your printed pages. You can clean Black only or three colors at a time (Cyan/Yellow/Magenta), or all four colors at once.
    Cleaning the print head consumes ink. Cleaning too often uses ink unnecessarily.
    Caution
    Do NOT touch the print head. Touching the print head may cause permanent damage and may void the print head’s warranty.
    1 Press Ink.
    2 Press or to select Cleaning.
    Press Menu/Set.
    3 Press or to select Black, Color or All.
    Press Menu/Set.
    The MFC will clean the print head. When cleaning is finished, the MFC will go back to standby mode automatically. If you clean the print head at least five times and the print has not improved, call Brother Customer Service (see Brother numbers on page i).
    Checking the print quality
    If faded or streaked colors and text appears on your output, some of the nozzles may be clogged. You can check this by printing the Print Quality Check Sheet and looking at the nozzle check pattern.
    1 Press Ink.
    2 Press or to select Test Print.
    Press Menu/Set.
    3 Press or to select Print Quality.
    Press Menu/Set.
    4 Press Color Start.
    The MFC begins printing the Print Quality Check Sheet.
    5 Check the sheet to see if the quality is OK by following these steps:
    Color block quality check
    The LCD shows:
    6 Check the quality of the four color blocks on the sheet.
    7 If all lines are clear and visible, press 1 (Yes), and go to Step 10.
    OR
    If you can see missing short lines as shown below, press 2 (No).
    The LCD will ask you if the print quality is OK for black and three colors.
    OK Poor
    Is Quality OK?
    1.Yes 2.No
    Black OK?
    1.Yes 2.N
    8 Press 2 (No) for Black or three colors
    with a problem.
    The LCD shows:
    Press 1 (Yes). The MFC will start cleaning the print head.
    9 After cleaning is finished, press Color Start. The MFC will start
    printing the Print Quality Check Sheet again and then return to
    step 5.
    10 Press Stop/Exit.

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    Found this on the web. Click on link below to print the entire manual out to keep. Below are steps to do cleaning. If you find this helpful pls rate me. Thanks and Good Luck.

    http://www.brother-usa.com/ModelDocuments/Consumer/Users%20Manual/UM_MFC_210C_420CN_EN_286.PDF

    How to improve print quality Cleaning the print head
    To ensure good print quality, the MFC will regularly clean the print head. You can start the cleaning process manually if needed. Clean the print head and ink cartridges if you get a horizontal line in the text or graphics on your printed pages. You can clean Black only or three colors at a time (Cyan/Yellow/Magenta), or all four colors at once.
    Cleaning the print head consumes ink. Cleaning too often uses ink unnecessarily.
    Caution
    Do NOT touch the print head. Touching the print head may cause permanent damage and may void the print head’s warranty.
    1 Press Ink.
    2 Press or to select Cleaning.
    Press Menu/Set.
    3 Press or to select Black, Color or All.
    Press Menu/Set.
    The MFC will clean the print head. When cleaning is finished, the MFC will go back to standby mode automatically. If you clean the print head at least five times and the print has not improved, call Brother Customer Service (see Brother numbers on page i).
    Checking the print quality
    If faded or streaked colors and text appears on your output, some of the nozzles may be clogged. You can check this by printing the Print Quality Check Sheet and looking at the nozzle check pattern.
    1 Press Ink.
    2 Press or to select Test Print.
    Press Menu/Set.
    3 Press or to select Print Quality.
    Press Menu/Set.
    4 Press Color Start.
    The MFC begins printing the Print Quality Check Sheet.
    5 Check the sheet to see if the quality is OK by following these steps:
    Color block quality check
    The LCD shows:
    6 Check the quality of the four color blocks on the sheet.
    7 If all lines are clear and visible, press 1 (Yes), and go to Step 10.
    OR
    If you can see missing short lines as shown below, press 2 (No).
    The LCD will ask you if the print quality is OK for black and three colors.
    OK Poor
    Is Quality OK?
    1.Yes 2.No
    Black OK?
    1.Yes 2.N
    8 Press 2 (No) for Black or three colors
    with a problem.
    The LCD shows:
    Press 1 (Yes). The MFC will start cleaning the print head.
    9 After cleaning is finished, press Color Start. The MFC will start
    printing the Print Quality Check Sheet again and then return to
    step 5.
    10 Press Stop/Exit.
    There is more, but too long to put here.

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    Before changing the print settings, decide whether to change the settings for the current print job only, or to make the settings the default for all future print jobs. How print settings are displayed depends on whether to apply the change to all future print jobs or just to the current print job
    Change the print settings for all future jobs:
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    On the File menu in the software program, click Print . Make sure that the HP All-in-One is the selected printer.
    Click the button that opens the Properties dialog box. Depending on the software program, this button might be called Properties , Options , PrinterSetup , or Printer .
    Select the appropriate options for the print job by using the features available on the Paper/Quality , Finishing , Effects , Basics , and Color tabs.
    Click OK to close the Properties dialog box. Click Print or OK to begin printing.
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    This document contains basic information about using the HP All-in-One to print on labels using a software program. For additional information, such as printing a poster, printing multiple pages on a single sheet, and more, see the onscreen Help that came with the HP software.
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    · Make sure to load labels in the input tray. Always use letter or A4 label sheets designed for use with HP inkjet devices (such as HP inkjet labels).
    · Make sure the labels are no more than two years old. Labels on older sheets might peel off when the paper is pulled through the HP All-in-One, causing paper jams.
    • Fan the stack of labels to make sure no pages are sticking together. Place a stack of label sheets on top of full-size sheet of plain paper in the paper tray, label side down. Do not insert labels one sheet at a time.
      1. On the File menu in the software program, click Print . Select the HP All-in-One as the printer. To change settings, click the button that opens the Properties dialog box.
      2. Select the appropriate options for the print job by using the features available on the Paper/Quality , Finishing , Effects , Basics , and Color tabs.
      3. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box. Click Print or OK to begin printing.

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    After replacing the ink cartridges ran out I replaced them for new ones and the machine is not telling me that cartridges are empty tried and tried to rereplace them and I still keep getting the same


    1. Press the Menu/Set key.
    2. Press the up or down navigation key until TEST PRINT appears on the LCD.
    3. Press Fax Start. The DCP/MFC begins printing the Print Quality Test Sheet.
    4. By reviewing this Test Sheet, you can determine if the print quality or alignment needs improvement or adjustment.
    StepA - Checking the print quality:
    1. The display will read "IS STEP "A" OK?" 1.YES 2. NO.
      Before choosing YES or NO, closely examine the print quality of the four color blocks that are formed by short diagonal lines on the Test Sheet.
      If all lines are clear and visible, press 1 (YES) and proceed to StepB. If you can see missing short lines, press 2 (NO).

    2. The display will then ask you if the print quality is OK for each color. Press 2(NO) for any color with the problem.

    3. The display will then show START CLEANING? 1.YES 2. NO.
      Press 1(YES) and the DCP/MFC will start cleaning the color ink cartridges.

    4. After the cleaning is finished, press Fax Start. The DCP/MFC will print another Print Quality Test Sheet.

    5. If you can see missing short lines in any of the four color blocks press 2 (NO) and repea the quality check and cleaning process. Repeat this procedure at least 5 times if print quality remains a problem. If short lines are still missing after the fifth cleaning and test print, replace the necessary ink cartridges. If the print quality of the 4 color blocks is OK, press 1 (YES).
    StepB - Setting the Alignment:
    1. The display will then read "IS STEP "B" OK?".

    2. Examine the 600 DPI and 1200 DPI test prints on the Print Quality Test Sheet. If the number 5 sample of both the 600 DPI and 1200 DPI most closely matches the 0 sample, press 1(YES).
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    4. Press Stop/Exit.

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