Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Printer smearing paper

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    At the corner of WALK and DONT WALK

    Printer smearing paper

    Why is my printer putting smudges of ink on whatever I print and how do I fix this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    What kind of printer? Anything you can say would be helpful, personally I've experienced this once before, all it needed was a bit of cleaning, and the manual that came with the thing explained that. If you can find a manual for the thing it might be more useful than our speculations(but of course that's not always true).
    If you are using PHP please use the [PHP] and [/PHP] forum tags for highlighting...
    The same applies to HTML and the forums [HTML][/HTML] tags.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    At the corner of WALK and DONT WALK

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Fluff and dust gather over time and more so if you have a pet and more of a problem if it is a cat as the cats hairs get everywhere.

    This is the problem that keeps on cropping up with her machine, once it was to do wit a cartridge but rest of the time it was dust and fluff.

    If your lucky, you can kust use a wad of kitchen towel to clean off the ink caddy / cradle.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    At the corner of WALK and DONT WALK
    I'm mostly getting the smear down one side of the paper. But thanks for the advice.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Would that smear be on the cartridge bay side? If so, it may be because of build up of ink that has collected and filled the evaporation tray and leaked over the side, this then smears the paper. I have an old HP printer that does this from time to time and its either that or fluff and hairs shed from the cat that are the cause.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    At the corner of WALK and DONT WALK
    Yeah, I do believe it is. What can I do about it?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    How I used to deal with this problem was to put the printer in to the cartridge access mode, usually lifting the lid on the cartridge bay will do that for you but on chaper printers its often a button press for which you will need to consult the manual.

    1. Check the ink cartridge caddy is not fouled up with ink and hairs, etc.

    2. if this appears to be the issue, clean using kitchen towel and cotton buds where access is difficult then try a test page when you have cleaned it.

    if not!

    3. using similar processes applied to the caddy, clean the inside of the printer with kitchen towel and especially where the caddy rests when not printing, this is possibly where most of your issues may lie, thats what I found with my HP printer when it started streaking the pages.

    4. paper... not many people know this but paper has a knap to it and if your paper is loaded wrong and it absorbs moisture from the air, it can have a slight curl in the wrong direction and then you get streaking. in a photocopier & laser printers, this wrong loading results in a paper jam.

    You can in most cases use an alcohol based cleaner with care. if you do then get a pair of latex gloves and avoid skin contact.

    Alcohol is readily absorbed by the skin and the component that is put in to it to stop you drinking it is also poisonous like the alcohol so use with care. No smoking or naked lights and ensure your in a well ventilated area like an open garage.

    If its giving you a real headache, remember that cost of printers has plumeted. I got fed up with my old HP that much, I replaced it and that only cost me 29 ($50~ish) for an Epson D92 which does the job for me and does print a nice picture on proper photo paper for the price of it.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Initial Man View Post
    Why is my printer putting smudges of ink on whatever I print and how do I fix this?

    Ink drying of various processes, said Hugh J. Price, editor of the production planning. Linseed oil inks dry by oxidation in air, which solidifies the vehicle. Ink with solvents or alcohol petroleum-based dry by evaporation, often assisted by heating the paper.

    Canon PGI-5BK OEM Black Ink Cartridge
    Canon PG 60 OEM Black Ink Cartridge

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
HTML5 Development Center



X vBulletin 4.2.2 Debug Information

  • Page Generation 0.10080 seconds
  • Memory Usage 2,925KB
  • Queries Executed 13 (?)
More Information
Template Usage (33):
  • (1)ad_footer_end
  • (1)ad_footer_start
  • (1)ad_global_above_footer
  • (1)ad_global_below_navbar
  • (1)ad_global_header1
  • (1)ad_global_header2
  • (1)ad_navbar_below
  • (1)ad_showthread_firstpost_sig
  • (1)ad_showthread_firstpost_start
  • (1)ad_thread_first_post_content
  • (1)ad_thread_last_post_content
  • (1)bbcode_quote
  • (1)footer
  • (1)forumjump
  • (1)forumrules
  • (1)gobutton
  • (1)header
  • (1)headinclude
  • (1)headinclude_bottom
  • (9)memberaction_dropdown
  • (1)navbar
  • (4)navbar_link
  • (1)navbar_moderation
  • (1)navbar_noticebit
  • (1)navbar_tabs
  • (2)option
  • (9)postbit
  • (9)postbit_onlinestatus
  • (9)postbit_wrapper
  • (1)spacer_close
  • (1)spacer_open
  • (1)tagbit_wrapper 

Phrase Groups Available (6):
  • global
  • inlinemod
  • postbit
  • posting
  • reputationlevel
  • showthread
Included Files (26):
  • ./showthread.php
  • ./global.php
  • ./includes/class_bootstrap.php
  • ./includes/init.php
  • ./includes/class_core.php
  • ./includes/config.php
  • ./includes/functions.php
  • ./includes/functions_navigation.php
  • ./includes/class_friendly_url.php
  • ./includes/class_hook.php
  • ./includes/class_bootstrap_framework.php
  • ./vb/vb.php
  • ./vb/phrase.php
  • ./includes/functions_facebook.php
  • ./includes/functions_calendar.php
  • ./includes/functions_bigthree.php
  • ./includes/class_postbit.php
  • ./includes/class_bbcode.php
  • ./includes/functions_reputation.php
  • ./includes/functions_notice.php
  • ./packages/vbattach/attach.php
  • ./vb/types.php
  • ./vb/cache.php
  • ./vb/cache/db.php
  • ./vb/cache/observer/db.php
  • ./vb/cache/observer.php 

Hooks Called (70):
  • init_startup
  • friendlyurl_resolve_class
  • init_startup_session_setup_start
  • database_pre_fetch_array
  • database_post_fetch_array
  • init_startup_session_setup_complete
  • global_bootstrap_init_start
  • global_bootstrap_init_complete
  • cache_permissions
  • fetch_threadinfo_query
  • fetch_threadinfo
  • fetch_foruminfo
  • load_show_variables
  • load_forum_show_variables
  • global_state_check
  • global_bootstrap_complete
  • global_start
  • style_fetch
  • global_setup_complete
  • showthread_start
  • showthread_getinfo
  • strip_bbcode
  • friendlyurl_clean_fragment
  • friendlyurl_geturl
  • forumjump
  • cache_templates
  • cache_templates_process
  • template_register_var
  • template_render_output
  • fetch_template_start
  • fetch_template_complete
  • parse_templates
  • fetch_musername
  • notices_check_start
  • notices_noticebit
  • process_templates_complete
  • friendlyurl_redirect_canonical
  • showthread_post_start
  • showthread_query_postids
  • showthread_query
  • bbcode_fetch_tags
  • bbcode_create
  • showthread_postbit_create
  • postbit_factory
  • postbit_display_start
  • bbcode_parse_start
  • postbit_imicons
  • bbcode_parse_complete_precache
  • bbcode_parse_complete
  • postbit_display_complete
  • memberaction_dropdown
  • tag_fetchbit_complete
  • forumrules
  • navbits
  • navbits_complete
  • build_navigation_data
  • build_navigation_array
  • check_navigation_permission
  • process_navigation_links_start
  • process_navigation_links_complete
  • set_navigation_menu_element
  • build_navigation_menudata
  • build_navigation_listdata
  • build_navigation_list
  • set_navigation_tab_main
  • set_navigation_tab_fallback
  • navigation_tab_complete
  • fb_like_button
  • showthread_complete
  • page_templates