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Gahhhh, Printer problems.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Software & Troubleshooting' started by WaitForTheRain, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. WaitForTheRain

    WaitForTheRain New Member

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    I was given a printer about a week ago - a Dell AIO "something or other" and I've just bought a new B&W and a new colour cartridge for it. Now for some reason when printing in colour the printer doesn't seem to be printing any yellow, giving everything a cyan cast. My first thought was blocked nozzle on the cartridge, but however there does seem to be ink flowing from it when I wipe it over a piece of tissue, so that would suggest that it isn't blocked. I'm printing stuff straight from the printer, not from a computer, so that would eliminate any driver problems. I'm unsure whether the problems is with the cartridge or the printer, so does anyone have any suggestions as to which it would be?
    - I'm probably going to take the cartridge back anyway, because if it's the printer then there's not much pointing keeping it and if it's the cartridge then it should be returned.

    Together the two cartridges cost more than I spend on food for a week. I prefer eating to printing.
     
  2. Hunter

    Hunter BeyondUnreal Newsie

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    tried doing the test prints etc to see if the yellow is being printed?
     
  3. BITE_ME

    BITE_ME Bye-Bye

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    What are you printing that needs color?
    Pee?
     
  4. Plumb_Drumb

    Plumb_Drumb yumb

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    Yeah, use the printer's self cleaning process, then try a test print.
    If it still doesn't show up, exchange the cartridge.
    Then, If it still doesn't show up, then you may want to return the printer or get it fixed.

    Probably not much else you can do about it, aside from taking it apart.

    What sucks is it doesn't sound like you have separate cartridges for each color.
     
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  5. WaitForTheRain

    WaitForTheRain New Member

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    Yep, I tried cleaning it and printing a test page, that's how I know it's definitely just the yellow that isn't working.

    I'm fairly sure it was a cheapy printer to start with, hence the lack of separate colour cartridges. It just has a B&W and a single colour cartridge.

    The printer was given to me for free, so thankfully it isn't too big a deal if it doesn't work and it's probably not worth getting it repaired. It'll still be useful for printing in B&W and scanning stuff in.
     
  6. Plumb_Drumb

    Plumb_Drumb yumb

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    Yellow always seems to be the first color to go in my printer, like way before the other colors.
    That probably has nothing to do with your problem though, since the cartridge was new.
     
  7. SkaarjMaster

    SkaarjMaster enemy of time

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    I just had a problem with black on my Canon i455 and just gave up after f-ing with it for a while. Did you do a google search about problems with your printer and anything people have tried? I did with mine and got a lot of ideas, but nothing worked. I did open it up and cleaned the print head and cleaned it up inside a bit, but it's down to either a purge unit I really don't want to try and get to or a fried (not blocked) black nozzle. I'm just going to print with color in photo paper-mode until I get sick of replacing too many color cartridges, then get a new printer. To me it sounds like your yellow nozzle is fried.
     
  8. WaitForTheRain

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    Did plenty of googling and the yellow not working seems to be fairly common, however no one seems to have really found any working solutions. I'm probably just going to try and get a refund as opposed to an exchange, because if it is the printer then I'm not sure if I'll be able to return the new cartridge and frankly I'd rather have the £20 that it cost.

    Cheers for all your help guys.
     

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