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Whenever I turn my printer on , it prints a test pattern before the print preview & print?

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Try this:

Start --> Run --> Type in --> msconfig --> go to Start up Tab --> uncheck printer entries -- >

Reboot PC.

Then check for printer. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards
Ellin

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

  • Puneet Jain
    Puneet Jain Oct 18, 2008

    Reply please if the soluton work for you. Give your rating to the solution either Helful or Fixya.


    If you dont fix the problem yet by the solution given then I would suggest you more options, let me know for it.


    Since your voting is precious to me in providing the help for others.


    Have a Nice day.


    Regards,


    Ellin


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Running the pen recovery diagnostic test If printouts have incomplete text or graphics that are not corrected by cleaning the print cartridges, use the pen recovery diagnostic test. The pen recovery diagnostic test is a three-level cleaning procedure that attempts to clear blocked print cartridge nozzles. The tests can be run either from the Toolbox under Printer Services or by pressing the button sequences below. The Level 1 print cartridge cleaning is a light cleaning mode. Use this level first to clear blocked nozzles.
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After running the Level 1 print cartridge cleaning routine, run the nozzle pattern test explained in the "Printing the nozzle pattern test" section below to verify that the cartridge has recovered. If no irregular gaps are present on the printout of the nozzle pattern test, the print cartridge has recovered. If there are irregular gaps in the printout, run the Level 2 pen recovery. The Level 2 cleaning is an intermediate cleaning mode to be used if the Level 1 mode does not recover the nozzles.
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  1. Turn the power on.
  2. Press and hold down the POWER button.
  3. While holding down the POWER button, press the RESUME button three times.
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