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Got a Black or Light Prints
Got a blank page after changing cartridges?

Sometimes, overlooked details can result in poor image quality from a functioning toner or inkjet cartridge. In this segment we will review commonly overlooked steps that you can take to correct blank prints and light prints before replacing your cartridge or having your printer serviced.

Toner Cartridges Tips
  • Make sure that the toner seal has been removed. On some cartridge models, the seal can be very easy to miss. Carefully inspect the sides of the cartridge for a plastic or nylon strip.
  • Most laser printers feature an "econo mode." Using this setting reduces the amount of toner used on a print and does result in lighter prints. Make sure this setting is turned off if your prints are lighter than preferred.
  • Print density is a another setting that effects how light or dark your prints are. By increasing the print density, you can increase the darkness of your prints.
Inkjet Cartridges Tip
  • Make sure that the ventilation seal has been removed. On some cartridge models, the seal can be very easy to miss. Carefully inspect the cartridge for a plastic strip that will usually be yellow in color and say "PULL".
  • Use your print utility software or printer panel controls to run a print head cleaning. This feature can usually be found in the maintenance section of your printer's features. If desired results are not achieved the first time, repeat 1-3 times as necessary.
  • If you have a print head type cartridge (a cartridge that houses the ink and print head in one unit) you can also try the soaking technique available here.
  • Most inkjet printers feature an "econo mode." Using this setting reduces the amount of ink used on a print and does result in lighter prints. Make sure this setting is turned off if your prints are lighter than preferred.