My black ink cartridge on my HP 5150 printer gave out last night, so I bought two cartridges today. HP56 black ink. They are both guaranteed,
remanufactured cartridges (=refilled and repackaged, I think).
The ink seems to be too dark, with additional ink lightly showing up outside most of the letters, giving the printing a blurry look.
In print preferences, I have tried it with the Automatic ink volume and Automatic drying time turned on, and turned off, but am getting the same apparent result.
I have it set to print black ink, grayscale (so as not to have any colors like red or blue in a document disappear, which is likely to happen since I do not keep the expensive color cartridges properly supplied. Such a thing might happen if I cut and paste from a web document that has some colored text in it and don't notice it to change it).
What would you do? Do you think the cartridge is just over-saturated in some way, that will correct itself after a few dozen pages?
Under the "Advanced" tab in printing preferences, I have turned off "automatic" and decreased the ink volume and the overspray settings. The
print does not look so over-dark, but it is still very solidly printing, and the faint in outside the print characters that gives the document a sort
of blurry, or perhaps dirty look is still present.
What to do?
I'm thinking that there may be ink somewhere besides the cartridge nozzle, and I might try cleaning it with my stretchy gloves and some Q tips.
It might be the paper you are using.
It had been working OK with the previous cartridge.
But, I could have it in upside-down. I remember learning, years ago, that there is a right-side-up for many printing uses (that may date to the photocopy days).
It wont work upside down. I think Leigh might have a point about the paper.
The solvent moves through the paper by capiliary action, giving the hairy fuzzy edges often seen. It depends on the solvent used and the actual dye
used - different dyes will move at different rates depending on their partition co-efficent between the solvent and water (google paper
chromotography, a common school science demo, a simple version of a useful chemical separation techique).
One side of the paper is often better than the other for printing due to a coating applied to the surface.
So as you've played with fine tuning the actual print cartridge, try a test print on either side of the paper, or buy better paper. Or check who exactly remanufactured the cartiridge - was it HP or another company who took genuine empty hp cartridges, and refilled them.
My money is on the ink in the refilled cartridge being the culprit. You get what you pay for, and while I'm of Scottish descent and love my money as much as my grandfathers did, I don't skimp on my ink cartridges.
I don't have HP printer, but have you tried the printer head cleaning mode?
The only time you'll have problems printing on the wrong side of a page is if the paper is coated, e.g. photographic.