If your new cartridges have been installed and the printer has successfully recognised and registered them with the printer, 99 times out of 100 you will be able to print straight away without any need to perform any maintenance tasks.
Occasionally you may find that when attempting to print for the first time, no ink is coming through on to the paper, print quality is poor or certain colours do not appear to be printing. There are a few reasons why this may be the case.
- Perform a nozzle check. This will print a specific test pattern to determine which cartridges are not printing through correctly. Do not use a generic test print as this will not give a clear indication to the problem. Nozzle checks are designed to only print the pure colour of each cartridge to aid in the troubleshooting process
- If any cartridge is not printing at all on the nozzle check, the first thing to do is to check the cartridge has had the tear off 'PULL' strip removed prior to installation. Failure to remove this can prevent the ink flow from the cartridge.
- If the 'PULL' strip has been removed, double check that all adhesive from the strip is clear of the air inlet hole. Sometimes the adhesive can block the hole. Simply use a pin to clear any blockage if you find this to be the case.
- If the nozzle check shows partially missing sections or lines running through a particular colour it could be that there is an air lock somewhere between the cartridge nozzle and the print head. Usually a head clean will force any air out of the system and will solve the problem. Performing a further nozzle check will provide further confirmation.
- If after 3 consecutive head clean/nozzle check cycles there is still no improvement, it is worth trying another cartridge if you have one available.