First, check the print speed setting of your printer. If you have it set to draft mode, it’s going to give you a lighter, less defined print. For an easy fix, shift your print settings to a regular print mode. If you have a laser printer and you’ve recently swapped out your toner cartridge, it’s possible that the toner in the cartridge has settled and needs to be distributed evenly. Remove the cartridge and shake it side to side to evenly distribute the toner and try again. Using an inkjet? A clogged printhead may be the culprit. How you clean your printhead will depend on the manufacturer of your cartridge, but in most cases you can usually fix it by running the print cleaning function on your machine. Check your printer’s user guide for specifics!
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- Why is my new ink cartridge not printing?
- What's the difference between black ink and photo black ink?
- Is it normal for my cartridge to read low or empty?
- Why does the cartridge I received look bigger/smaller/different than the OEM?
- Printhead Cleaning Tips for an Inkjet Printer
- How can I unclog a printhead?
- How can I get dried ink out of my inkjet print head so I can continue to print?
- Why is the toner not working in my machine?
- Why am I getting an error message when I install my new cartridge?
- How should I handle my new cartridge?