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« on: August 15, 2015, 03:23:30 AM »

All of my printouts look like draft mode. It doesn't matter what setting I use. Then after changing printer settings a couple of times all I got where blank pages. I had to re-seat the cartridges. I cleaned the print head and the printouts were back to draft mode quality.

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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2015, 08:09:16 PM »


Sorry for the late reply, but may you please explain what do you mean when the prints look like "Draft Mode" ?

If the prints are coming out blank, please be sure to have installed your Air-Filters on your ink tanks (if you're using a CISS).

If the air filters are not installed, no prints will come out on the pages. It will get progressively blanker and blank. If this is happening to you, try to make sure you install the fat end of the air filters down into the smaller hole of the CISS . If you are using "Refillables" , be sure that you remove the air vent plug, so that air may circulate the cartridges while printing.

If you ALREADY have the air filters installed and this quality was still persisting, I'd suggest checking to make sure that there are no inks trapped inside the air filter of your CISS. IF there is, this will constitute in the lag in print quality. You will need to clean them by placing the filters in a cup of hot/warm water for 10-20 minutes. This should allow the ink to dissipate. Air blow dry them, and then prime them to make sure they are clear of any air bubbles.

If this problem still persists, or there was no ink inside the air filters, I'd suggest priming the cartridges instead of doing too many head cleanings.  Performing too many, may damage the printer's ink pad in the long run. Any time you feel like you need to do a head cleaning, keep it to a maximum of 3 head cleanings per row. Then I'd let the printer sit overnight to let the ink soak. Doing too many will give ink catching on the sides of the paper.

If all else fails, make sure to print a nozzle check to compare the quality from the previous trouble-shooting tips. You will start to see some improvement. If all else fails, I'd suggest doing a nozzle prime on the cartridges. Here is a video showing you how :


Pull the ink from underneath the cartridge , should have the ink running freely from the cartridge. Then print a nozzle-check and you will see the colors improve. You may need to prime each color 1-3 times depending on the flow of your pull. If you pull it and it is bubbly, I would try again until it flows freely. Twisting the syringe while drawing up will greatly improve the yield of the ink pull.

If you print a nozzle-check and is near perfect, you can finish it off with 1x head cleaning. This will get them printing in good condition.

Let us know if you have any questions.

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