PRINTER CARTRIDGE NOT WORKING? WHY NOT?
You have an urgent print run to do, and just as you start, the printer no longer functions.
What should you do to rectify the problem? First things first. Make sure that the printer is switched on, and that it is connected to your computer, and that the computer knows the printer is there. If someone changed your settings, then you may have a problem.
But the above is not normally the reason for a non-print, especially if you are the sole operator of the computer/printer. The next step is to check that there is ink/toner in the installed printer cartridges. Usually the printer will provide a message on a LCD screen advising if the ink/toner levels are low, or ceased.
If the cartridge is low, then you might take it out and give it a not too strenuous shake, and replace it into the cradle, as there is often residue of ink/toner left in the cartridge that the sensors have failed to register. If levels appear adequate, then if the printer has a drum cartridge, that may be the culprit. Or the printer might be suffering from over usage, or some other mechanical problem. Check your user manual, for troubleshooting. That should put you in the right direction.
All of the above, with the exception of a mechanical failure, should be ascertained in a very short period of time. The next step is to replace the printer cartridge. If after doing this, the printer is not working, then firstly check to make sure yo have followed the cartridge installation instructions from your user manual, where you were advised, amongst other steps, to remove any plastic tabs that are stoppers to prevent the ink/toner from leaking.
Next, make sure you ordered and are using the correct cartridge for your printer. This often happens, as printers can have very similar model numbers. For instance, the Brother HL2142 and HL2242 printers use Brother TN2150 and TN2250 cartridges respectively.
CARTRIDGE FAILURE OR PRINTER MAINTENANCE?
Getting poor quality print outs from your inkjet/toner printer, is it the cartridge or printer maintenance to blame?
Are you seeing smudges on the paper, colours mixing, or missing sections? Then it could pay you to have a look at the maintenance of your printer,
Here are some things you should regularly do to maintain good printer quality:
– Use your inkjet printer regularly
When your printer is left unused for long stretches of time, the ink in the print head and nozzles can dry and cause printing flaws such as jagged lines and incorrect colors. To prevent this, use your printer frequently, even if just a page of printing.
– Perform nozzle checks
If you leave your printer unused for a long period of time, you should perform a nozzle check before you use it again. This will make sure your printer prints normally. The nozzle check can often be run thorough your printer’s utility function. Look at your printer’s user manual for specific directions.
– Clean the print heads
If your nozzle is clogged, cleaning the print heads should fix any poor print quality issues. Cleaning utilities come with your printer drivers. Some printers even have a print head cleaning button on their control panel. Your printer’s user manual will have specific directions.
– Align the print heads
If your printouts have vertical lines or horizontal bands this generally means that your print head needs to be aligned. This utility can be found with your printer drivers or in your printer control panel. When you align the print heads, the printer will print a pattern on a piece of paper. You then follow prompts from your printer to adjust the pattern. Specific information for performing a print head alignment can be found in your printer’s user manual.
– Replace your inkjet cartridges
Flawed printouts can often be caused by cartridges that are low on ink. Your printer will prompt you when a black or color cartridge reaches a certain level of ink. Printer manufactures say you should replace your cartridge when you receive this warning because print quality will suffer if you don’t. When replacing your printer cartridges, be sure your purchase the correct replacement cartridge ( check the printer models on the cartridge box or from the web page) and install it as the supplied instructions or your printer’s user manual directs. Incorrect installation can cause more flawed printouts.
– Turn your printer off (the correct way)
Leaving your inkjet printer on for extended periods of time can cause clogged nozzles and flawed printouts. After you finish using your printer for the day you should turn it off using the printer’s own power button. In most printers, the power button initiates a process that seals the print head from outside air, preventing clogged nozzles. If you unplug your printer, or turn it off using a power strip, the print head sealing function may not run.
Alternatively, to check your cartridge, insert an alternative one, if it prints well, then contact your supplier to replace the malfunctioning one. But remember, cartridges don't last forever - if it is over 3 months since you've received it, or experienced abnormal temperature conditions, then discard it as the supplier is unlikely to offer replacement.
WHY CHOOSE COMPATIBLE PRINTER CARTRIDGES?
Many printer users are still anxious about using compatible cartridges, and for that reason they have to pay substantially more for genuine cartridges. If you pay a lot more then it is better..yes...no, read on.
We promote and sell both genuine and compatible printer cartridges. But we believe it is important in providing support to our users, that we pass on to you, information we come across, to assist in your decision making.
The following information is provided by a major compatible printer cartridge wholesaler:
Will compatible ink and toner cartridges work just as well as genuine?
Compatible ink & toner manufacturers have developed their own solutions that work just as well as the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products...if not better.
They have had the opportunity to reverse engineer the OEM product and develop outstanding print & toner solutions to ensure the quality of the finished printed page is of the same high quality that you are familiar with. The print quality is guaranteed to be the same as the OEM printer cartridges.
Don't be bullied by OEM print machine manufacturers.
Because if you do, you'll lose the opportunity to make significant savings. At times, dealers technicians advise that a printer is not covered by warranty because the customer is not using genuine cartridges. By saying this he is not complying with Australian law, which states that a non-genuine made for any machine and used will not void the warranty unless the OEM (the dealer) can prove it is the toner that has caused the damage to the printer. This needs to be in writing.
Australian consumers are entitled to a number of statutory guarantees pursuant to Schedule 2, Chapter 3, Part 3-2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (“Act”). If a part is “not genuine”, but is interchangeable with a “genuine part”, then the non-genuine part would still be seen as being fit for the appropriate purpose and would therefore not void any manufacturers’ guarantee/warranty.
Our advice to the user is this. Try a set of remanufactured or compatible cartridges the next time you order. If you find they are not to your satisfaction because of inferior quality, send us a photo of the resultant print, and we will refund you your payment. That is our confidence in non genuine cartridges.
Brother LC233 newly released compatible Ink cartridges
A new compatible range of printer cartridges have been released to the market.
BROTHER MFC J5320DW PRINTER
They are the Brother LC 233 black, cyan, magenta, and yellow ink cartridges, with a yield of approx. 550 pages, for each colour.
If you are a heavy user, you might be more interested in the High Yield, or as in the case of the black, the extra High Yield. In this range, the colours have a yield of 1,200 pages each, and the black has a yield of 2,400 pages.
The high yield ink cartridges do provide much more 'bang for your buck', although the standard size presents good savings when compared to genuine prices.
The Brother printers that use these ink cartridges are the DCP J4120DW, MFC J4620DW, MFC J5320DW, & MFC J5720DW for the standard and high yield sizes, but that the Extra high yield black cartridge is only available for the MFC J5320DW & MFC J5720DW printers.
So if you are considering purchasing a new ink printer, and you are favourable towards the Brother brand, then this might be the way to go.
Highlighted is a review of the Brother MFC J4620DW printer..
To find the prices of the compatible cartridges, go to Brother LC233 ink cartridges.
PRINTER CARTRIDGES EXPLAINED - INSTALMENT B
Words such as 'toner', "laser', 'remanufactured', 'compatible', 'yield' etc, can be confusing for many computer printer users (cont..)
When searching for a printer cartridge, you should always search by the model number for the printer, unless you know for certain what printer cartridge model it is that you require. For instance, the Epson Expression Photo XP850 printer model has 6 different colours of dye cartridge with a standard yield C13T277192 to C13T277692. Then there are also a further six cartridges that have high yield C13T278192 to C13T278692. So there are 12 possible cartridges for this printer. The best way to see all of these options is to search for 'XP850'. This should throw up all 12 options, plus bundles if applcable.
By searching by the printer model, you also eliminate transposition errors that can occur by incorrectly entering a digit in a cartridge model number For instance, Brother brand has the TN2150, the TN2250, and the TN2350 printer cartidges. An incorrectly entered digit as indicated by the bold digits above would result in sa getting a cartridge for the Brother MFC2703DW printer instead of the Brother HL2142.
PRINTER CARTRIDGES EXPLAINED - INSTALMENT A
Words such as 'toner', "laser', 'remanufactured', 'compatible', 'yield' etc, can be confusing for many computer printer users.
So following we unravel some of the mystery of the printer cartridge world.
You recently buy a printer, and need to replace your cartridge, after what seems a short period of usage. This is because the printer manufacturer usually only provides that cartridge which was supplied with the printer at 40% capacity. As it comes with the printer, who's complaining.
So its time to buy your first printer cartridge, and this can be a confusing ordeal, as you get all these variants thrown up at you. For instance you have brought an HP LaserJet Pro P1102 printer, what cartridge should you get?
You enter the above printer model along with the word 'cartridge' on an internet search page and all these confusing options become available to you: HP #85, CE285A, genuine, compatible, remanufactured, toner cartridge, laser cartridge, etc. What to do?
In the above example, #85 is simply an abbreviation that HP uses, starting at #1, and rising to #971. For any individual #, there can be a number of different printers that use that cartidge.
The OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer code for this cartridge is 'CE285A', which is the definitive model number for the cartridge. In some cases, where the brand supplier sells a high yield cartridge as well as the standard, then the coding could be say Q5649A (#49A) for the former, and Q4649X (#49X) for the latter.
In each example above (CE285A & Q5649A/X), the printer cartridges are referred to as 'Mono Laser' cartridges. This is the same as saying black toner cartridges. Mono means 'one' or 'single', as in no colour. And laser is the electronic filtering that enables the toner powder to form into pixels, be it text or image.
2015 BEST PHOTO PRINTERS
There are printers (and relative printer cartridges) that are best suited for photo quality. We are not talking professional printers here, which are extremely costly, but more the amateur & professional photographers (prosumer photo printers) and graphic artists, who desire good quality.
These are among the best of colour printers currently available on the market. It is not a review, but a click & paste of any of these models will provide you with detailed descriptions of each printer.
For those of you who want a photo quality printer, here are a number of choices in 2015:
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF Inkjat Printer- colours are bright and solid, with phot prints detailed and clean, with natural colours
Canon Maxify MB5350 Photo prints are tremendous
CANON PIXMA MG7520 a very capable six-color photo printer, the MG7520 delivers quality photo prints that will make amateur photographers happy -
a flagship photo-capable home printer
EPSON STYLUS PRO 3880 prosumer model
- it’s not a printer for the part time user. It produces the highest quality images, even if you don’t know a thing about color management; for those who
, it is capable of developing color and monochrome prints up to 17 x 22 inches in size with extra pizazz that’s suitable for hanging in a public place
Epson Artisan 1430 wide-format inkjet printer - This printer gives extremely high quality print-outs on photo paper when using high resolution images
Canon PIXMA iP8720 Ink Jet - For the advanced photographer to the small business or studio, this would be a perfect printer to create beautiful prints up to 13 × 19 inches
as well as all the business documents you may ever need - .create high resolution 9600 x 2400 dpi full color prints.
Canon Pixma Pro-100 ($499) is a serious photo printer for those serious about their photography.
It probably won’t give you the same quality as one of the prosumer photo printers in the $1,000 price range, but someone would have to look very closely to see any difference.
Other highl rated colour printers include:
HP Photosmart C310A Canon Pixma iP100 HP Photosmart D110A Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225
Canon Selphy CP800 Canon Selphy CP780 Canon Pixma Ip90v Printer