Inkjet Cartridge Troubleshooting
The following websites provide extensive troubleshooting tips for inkjet cartridges.
Ink Cartridge Help recommended
Print Quality Issues in Inkjet printing:
Most print quality issues involve dried ink blocking the nozzles in the printhead.
For Two Cartridge Style Printers:
If your printer takes two cartridges, you can generally solve the problem just by replacing the cartridge. You can also remove the cartridge and try wiping off the printhead with a damp paper towel. While you are at it, clean the electrical contacts with rubbing alcohol and a q-tip.
For Printers with four or more cartridges:
Consult your printer's manual to figure out how to clean the printhead, or visit our general clean printheads page.
Brother Power-Purge / Maintenance Mode
If you own a Brother inkjet printer, and continue to have problems even after cleaning it several times, you may want to do a "power purge." Brother inkjet printers have a hidden "maintenance mode" which give advanced options. Among these is "power-purge" which allows you a deeper cleaning of individual colors.
To power purge MFC-J475/J470DW, J430W and many other models
Press the "fax" button
Press the "menu" button
Press the Color/Black "start" button
Press "0" (this will open maintenance mode)
Press "763" (this will show power-purge options)
Use the left/right arrow keys to choose which color to purge.