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Black ink is bleeding into the yellow

Problems first started with print job having bands.. so I cleaned the heads. Still had troubles. Cleaning the heads again emptied the black ink so I changed the black. After that, the black was bleeding into the yellow according to the nozzle check page. where the yellow was supposed to be, it was mostly black. cleaning the heads helped for about one-two pages than it was doing it again. I used a Q tip to clean the area where you put the cartridge around the nozzle that sticks into the cartridge. it still was not printing correctly so i changed the black ink cartridge again. for one or two pages it printed correctly but is back to the same story. Nozzle check shows mostly black where yellow should be.. also black where it should be as well. I can't just keep cleaning the heads after every other page. Any help?

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You may try to clean up the sensor, it behind the cross bar is a clear plastic strip clean whit alcohol, good luck!

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Cleaning head and nozzles


Cleaning the Print Head


r_bullet.gifUsing the Head Cleaning utility
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If you find that the printout is unexpectedly faint or some dots are missing, you may be able to solve these problems by cleaning the print head, which ensures that the nozzles are delivering ink properly.

You can clean the print head from your computer using the Head Cleaning utility in the printer software or from this product itself by using the control panel buttons.


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  • Print head cleaning uses both color and black inks. To avoid wasting ink, clean the print head only if the copy quality drops (for example, blurred printout, incorrect or missing color.)
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  • Use the nozzle check first to confirm that the print head needs to be cleaned. This saves ink.
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  • When the Error light is on and a message appears on the LCD panel to prompt you to replace the ink cartridge or to indicate the ink is low, you cannot clean the print head. In this case, replace the appropriate ink cartridge first.


Using the Head Cleaning utility

Refer to the appropriate section below to use the Head Cleaning utility.


For Windows

Follow the steps below to clean the print head using the Head Cleaning utility.


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r_3.gifAccess the printer software.r_arrow2.gifAccessing the Printer Software for Windows


r_4.gifClick the Maintenance tab, then click the Head Cleaning button.


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Head cleaning... appears on the LCD panel while this product performs the cleaning cycle.


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r_6.gifWhen Head cleaning... disappears from the LCD panel, click Print Nozzle Check Pattern in the Head Cleaning dialog box to confirm that the print head is clean.


Good: print head does not need to be cleaned yet.


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Not Good: print head needs to be cleaned.


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If the nozzle check page does not print satisfactorily, you may need to repeat the head cleaning and print the nozzle check pattern again. See Cleaning the Print Head.


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  • If the copy quality has not improved after repeating this procedure four or five times, turn this product off and leave it alone overnight. Then, perform the nozzle check again and repeat the head cleaning if necessary.
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  • To maintain good copy quality, we recommend copying a few pages at least once every month.

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    Note: When performing Cleaning for Color only, deselect 'All Colors', and check 'Color'.

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  4. After selecting the target ink group click 'Execute' to perform the cleaning of the print head nozzles.

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  5. When the confirming message is displayed, check the contents, and click 'OK'.


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    Note: The layout varies depending on the printer and version of Windows you are using.

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