I have changed colour and black ink cartridges, done full maintenance etc. Printer is still printing out documents in very pale and distorted form which is barely legible. Printer is only two years old and has never given problems until now. Is not used frequently. Would be so very grateful for any help or advise as I urgently need to print an important document. Am using windows XP. Please be so kind and respond to my request for help at your earliest convenience.
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on a colour printer, black is mixed with the other colours. Try printing a black and withe photo and you always get a colour cast. If your black cartridge is empty or the nozzles are blocked, you get bad colour and fussy prints.
test all nozzles, like is explained in the manual.
Check, if you know how to do, if nothing fell in the printer, that is now on the print head. Sometimes just dust or paper scraps are picked up by the printhead, making it difficult for the printer to print a normal page.
Try to check the ink level for the black cartridge. Press Setup > Maintenance > Ink Levels. If black ink is substantial for printing, try to reseat the cartridge. It could be that it's not seated properly in the carrier.
Also, make sure your printer is updated. You can download and install the update by visiting the Lexmark website at http://bit.ly/s405fw.
apply the following; after you done pressing into the PRINT button click first the MAINTENANCE button then click again the PRINT TEST PAGE button, then kindly and patiently do the procedures over and over again until the test print paper will resume to its normal color and functions..in that way the black and color cartridges will be recognize in that kind of procedures..in that way your problem has been solved already...
keep cleaning untill it starts to print clearly, you may reuse the same paper for that purpose, if you don't see any progress after 10 cleans, consider getting lasser printers, they are immune to print head drying and save alot of money on ink replacements. go with brother color or black and white series. I switched and don't have problems anymore
Do not throw it away. It has taken you so much cost ok?. Print blank can be caused by:
Purge unit is faulty cannot **** ink from ink cartridge
Print head is faulty
Logic board is faulty
In some cases short circuitry in print head can cause this problem. Please be careful of this. Replacing print head can damage new print head. I suggest you to bring the printer to nearest service center.
I hope this will be useful for you and please your rating
I have an Epson stylus 6000 series, second hand but was working just fine. I changed the ink cartridges and now the color won't print. Utilities shows all cartridges full, but only black and pale green-blue print. While it was printing color it was drinking the ink, but that's another story.
I asked the technician at Staples what he thought and he thought it was the ink cartridge. since I was using 3in1 cartridges and it was expensive to buy two; (1) Black with pale magenta and blue plus (2)red blue and yellow,we bought a new printer that uses one colour only cartidges so we can replace one colour at a time and also use a pale blue and pale magenta to get better reproductions. for a little more than double the price we bought an Hp printer Photosmart C7280 on sale with single cartridges. It will pay off, They are a fraction of the cost of 3in1 colours.
Unfortunately, like most multi cartridge ink jet printers when one ink is empty the printer will cease printing regardless of whether you just want to print in black and white and you have plenty of black ink left.
I have heard of people tricking the printer into believing the cartridge is full by placing coloured tape etc in front of the ink sensing device but I am not sure how the Brother senses the ink levels as i have some aftermarket ink cartridges for mine which seem to be completely non-opaque (unlike the originals).
The need to have colour cartridges in even if you only ever print with black ink is good news for Brother as the MFC-210c uses a large amount of ink during it's routine cleaning cycles (that you cant stop) and will empty all 3 cartridges in under 6 months without ever printer a single drop of colour ink.
Sorry about all the bad news, at least your not alone......