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How to Identify and Fix Common Problems ?

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Make sure the Black/Grayscale or Grayscale setting is not selected in your printer software. Run a nozzle check to see if any of the print head nozzles are clogged. Then clean the print head, if necessary. The ink levels may be low and you may need to refill the ink.
Here are the most common causes of a printer printing faded text or images: Low ink or toner levels. Toner sticking to the fuser roller or problems with the transfer roller. Low ink or toner density settings.
The Cause of Clogs

Printheads clog because nozzles get blocked by either air or ink. Clogs usually happen when: You keep printing with depleted ink cartridges. Using empty ink cartridges can result in air bubbles that can clog your cartridge and/or printhead.

First, check your printer settings on the file or picture your trying to print. If your page is setup to print in “grayscale” it will only print in black and white. Change the setting to “default” so it will print in color. If your settings look good from the start, the cartridge may just need to be primed.
If your PC or the LCD screen on your printer is telling you that your ink cartridges are full but no ink is passing through to the paper, then it`s most likely that you are dealing with a clogged printhead. Blurry documents and images that appear faded are also signs that it`s time to remove the excess ink.
Press the left or right arrow button to select Maintenance > Reset Ink Level. Press the start button, the OK button twice, and then the start button again. Press the right or left arrow button to highlight the ink tank you refilled and press the OK button to select it. Repeat for each ink tank color you refilled.
The ink cartridges may be old or low on ink, and you may need to replace them. Your printed colors can never exactly match your on-screen colors. However, you can use a color management system to get as close as possible. Try using the color management options in your printer software.
Just above the circuit board on most printer cartridges, you`ll find a small button. You`ve seen these tiny buttons before on cell phones, phone chargers, etc. This is your reset button, and the only way to get in there is either with a paper clip or the tip of a pen (which will leave a tiny ink smudge on the button).
Customizing print settings

Click Advanced, then click More Settings. The following dialog box appears. Choose Color or Black as the Color setting.

Conclusion: CMYK Produces Superior Color in Printing

Ink on paper must use the CMYK color space to achieve the optimum results by creating an unlimited number and shades of color. CMYK will produce full, dark, rich and vibrant colors to bring your project on paper to life!

Both of these color modes mix colors to create different color possibilities. The main difference is what they are generally used for in design: RGB is the color mode best for digital designs and CMYK is best for printing.
While RGB is the better color mode for screens and digital uses, CMYK is preferred when you`re designing something that will be printed. CMYK is intended for print-based design because the color values determine how much cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink is used by the printer for each color.
Prints appear too dark.

The main reason this occurs is because the brightness level on the computer monitor is too high. It`s common with newer monitors, many of which are designed for gaming and have their brightness levels set higher by default.

The product prints a nozzle check pattern. Check the printed pattern to see if there are gaps in the lines. If there are no gaps, the print head is clean and you can continue printing. If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, clean the print head.
Make sure that the printer is turned on and the ink out light is off. Access the Print or Page Setup dialog box and click the Utility icon button, then click the Head Cleaning button. Follow the on-screen instructions. The power light and the ink lights flash while the printer performs the cleaning cycle.
Click Print or Page Setup on the File menu of your application. The Print dialog box appears. Click the Utility icon button, then click the EPSON StatusMonitor button in the Utility dialog box. A graphic displaying the amount of ink remaining will appear.
The nozzle check function allows you to check whether the print head is working properly by printing a nozzle check pattern. Print the pattern if printing becomes faint, or if a specific color fails to print.
A Nozzle Check is a self test print to verify that the Ink Delivery System of the printer is producing adequate ink output. If the Nozzle Check meets specification the ink delivery system is typically in good working order.
If you still see white or dark lines or missing colors in your printouts, even after cleaning the print head several times, you can perform a Power Ink Flushing. Note: After a Power Ink Flushing, you must turn off the product and wait at least 12 hours before printing again.
Customizing print settings

Click Advanced, then click More Settings. The following dialog box appears. Choose Color or Black as the Color setting.

You can visually inspect the remaining cartridge levels on your printer. If they are full but you still cannot print properly, check the cartridge`s expiry date. Expired ink cartridges often dry up which causes problems in the print results.
Click the Screen Calibration Utility icon button. The Screen Calibration dialog box appears. Move the slider to the right or left until the two shades of the gray horizontal stripes match. Click OK when you have finished calibrating your scanner and monitor.
Customizing print settings

Click Advanced, then click More Settings. The following dialog box appears. Choose Color or Black as the Color setting.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

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Ink Problem
ANSWER : Remove the color cartridge and do a “blot” test by pushing the heads on the bottom onto a paper towel. You should see all the colors. If not, then run hot tap water on the heads. Could be a bad ink cartridge if it still doesn’t work.

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Photosmart 8250 ink system failure problem??
ANSWER : To anyone looking for the firmware file

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Epson 7880 ink pump sucking ink
ANSWER : Not ink pump, but air pump, to put the ink feed under pressure.

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Reseting the ink levels for hp c7280,
ANSWER : I held the # and 6 down long enough to start a complete re-set of the printer But the Black ink level still shows as depleted when it is actually still half full.

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Oki C5300 problem : network menu disappeared.
ANSWER : You need MuWin and your NIC firmware to upload to the host, but both things are keep under cover by OKI… Find attached old (and probably useless for you) files; check and say.. (https://mega.nz/#F!oEkA3JKZ)By the way, you should specify what firmware do you need ¿isn’t it? I don’t know yet what firmware uses my c511dn nor what NIC host it mounts… :~(

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HP PSC 2410 clicking noise problem
ANSWER : I have the same issue… I’ve tried everything above… I don’t believe it’s dust as this happens on and off occasionally… I think I may need to make a youtube video of me “fixing” this printer! I’m really frustrated with this thing!! If it doesn’t work soon, I’m gonna by the solution in the form of a hammer!

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epson printer problems
ANSWER : My Printer Has A Internal Erro

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HP DeskJet 950C Leaking Ink
ANSWER : Thanks for the “loose, white rectangular piece” comment in my 990cse. I found this same white piece of rubber today jamming up the cleaning station carriage assembly and was wondering where it came from!

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