If I print one or two pages, the print quality is fine. Test print page looks great. But when I print a 5+page document, the print quality gets progressively poorer. There are black streaks on the pages. I start to get ghosting, The more pages, the poorer the quality. What is perplexing is that print quality on one or two pages is great. Any help would be appreciated.
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Press the Ink button -> Test Print -> then choose Print Quality -> the printer will then go through and print a series of small squares in each of the four colors in the shape of parallelograms. If you see any gaps in parallelograms then you will be asked asked to clean the cartridge, do so. -> Just keep repeating process until there are no gaps
Then I did an Alignment check right after the cleaning through pretty much same process:
Press Ink button-> Test Print -> then choose Alignment-> and make sure the patterns match to the closest number
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Check the alignment. Press the key for Ink or Ink Management on the Control Panel. Select Test Print (the up/down arrows) and hit Menu/Set or Set. Select Alignment and press Menu/Set or Set. Next hit Mono (Black) Start. Look at the Alignment Sheet that prints out. Press 1 if the number 5 sample matches line 0 for both 600 and 1200 DPI samples. Press 2 and then the number for the line that matches that matches the 0 sample. Then press Stop/Exit. Repeat this for color printing by using the Color button.
You should also check the Print Quality. (Very similar menu choices - just choose Print Quality after choosing Test Print but you only need to hit the Color button to print the test sheet.) This will initiate a cleaning cycle for any poor quality ink test pattern. You will need to respond Yes or No for the print quality and each ink (if you answered No). If you do the cleaning 5 times with problems, replace the cartridges in question.
Finally try cleaning the printhead (Press Ink or Ink Management and then 1 for cleaning) If 5 repeats do not help, contact Brother support, the print head may need to be replaced. (Unfortunately, this isn't the only reason for the problem. Once you put in a print head, it isn't returnable. It could be that the entire printer is ready for recycling.)
Try a few cleanings. Press the ink button then test print then quality, it will print a test page, from here you follow the instructions if the quality is bad. It will take you through a cleaning process.
You may need to clean the printhead: (make sure you have paper in the tray)
1) Press <Menu>
2) Press <Up> or <Down> arrow to select "Ink" then press <OK>
3) Press <Up> or <Down> arrow to select "Test print" then press <OK>
4) Press <Up> or <Down> arrow to select "Print quality" then press <OK>
5) Press the <Color Start> button. The quality test sheet will be printed. Check this printout for gaps in any of the colors or black in the pattern across the page.
6) The display on the printer will ask if the print quality is OK:
- If all lines are clear and visible, select "Yes"
- If gaps appear in the pattern, select "No"
7) If you select "No" the display asks (in turn) if the print quality is OK for black, and the three colors.
Respond "Yes" or "No" accordingly. (In this manner you may clean just the black or color nozzle that is giving you the problem)
8) The display asks if you want to start cleaning - choose "Yes"
9) After cleaning is finished press the <Color Start> button - the print quality sheet will print again.
At this point you may determine that another cleaning cycle is necessary. You may need to repeat cleanings (up to five times) to resolve the problem. Any more than that indicates a problem that may need brother customer support.
10) When the print quality test sheet meets with your approval, you may exit by pressing <Stop/Exit>
i have the same problem. repeated cleanings seem to help, when i print large fonts they come out pretty clear, but the smaller the font, the worse the blurring. 600 DPI prints mismatching patterns, but 1200 DPI prints perfectly fine. so i have found that printing on "fine" quality instead of "fast" or "normal" quality improves print quality ALOT. it uses more ink, but i am in business and need to be able to read very fine print!