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I put in a new print cartridge, and there is extra ink on the paper
scholar - 22-10-2017 at 22:37

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?


scholar - 22-10-2017 at 22:48

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.


LSemmens - 23-10-2017 at 00:21

It might be the paper you are using.


scholar - 23-10-2017 at 01:16

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).


John_Little - 23-10-2017 at 15:55

It wont work upside down. I think Leigh might have a point about the paper.


dr john - 24-10-2017 at 11:33

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.


Redwolf5150 - 9-11-2017 at 03:22

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.


scholar - 9-11-2017 at 22:22

Quote:
Originally posted by John_Little
It wont work upside down. I think Leigh might have a point about the paper.

I mean, the paper could have had the wrong side facing the print cartridge. Paper will print with the wrong side facing, but sometimes not give as good a print.


scholar - 9-11-2017 at 22:23

Quote:
Originally posted by dr john
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.

Good ideas. doffs_cap


scholar - 9-11-2017 at 22:25

Quote:
Originally posted by Redwolf5150
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've had good luck from the same company and store, many times.

But, it may be an odd, bad one.

Of course, a photographer would want professional quality printing for his work.


Quaver - 10-11-2017 at 15:51

I don't have HP printer, but have you tried the printer head cleaning mode?


LSemmens - 12-11-2017 at 04:05

The only time you'll have problems printing on the wrong side of a page is if the paper is coated, e.g. photographic.