Ink Jet Printer Streaks Photos

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Dave Head, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. Dave Head

    Dave Head Guest

    Hi,

    Has anyone had this problem and cured it? I can think of a lot of things to
    _try_, but would like to hear from someone who has had it and fixed it.

    A little more detail - the printer will streak prints I make on glossy photo
    paper. If I make the same prints on regular copier paper, they are OK - no
    visible streaking. I haven't tried "flat" finish photo paper, but don't want
    that result anyway.

    In my experience, which is fairly limited in this area, ink jet printers do
    this frequently. I decided not to buy one, a 3 in one printer/copier/fax,
    because the guy demonstrating it in the store couldn't get it to stop streaking
    the output on photos.

    Do they all streak, and people just put up with this? I'd get a laserjet
    except for the hideously expensive price of the ink cartridges, somewhere
    around $300 on some of them. Maybe just have them printed commercially and
    quit worrying about doing it myself? That might be the cheapest and most
    effective way to get good prints.

    My printer is an HP 952C, BTW, but doesn't seem to be close to unique in doing
    this. The streaking is not really bad, but can be seen in homogeneous color
    areas like sky areas.

    Dave Head
     
    Dave Head, Jun 23, 2005
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  2. From: "Dave Head" <>

    | Hi,
    |
    | Has anyone had this problem and cured it? I can think of a lot of things to
    | _try_, but would like to hear from someone who has had it and fixed it.
    |
    | A little more detail - the printer will streak prints I make on glossy photo
    | paper. If I make the same prints on regular copier paper, they are OK - no
    | visible streaking. I haven't tried "flat" finish photo paper, but don't want
    | that result anyway.
    |
    | In my experience, which is fairly limited in this area, ink jet printers do
    | this frequently. I decided not to buy one, a 3 in one printer/copier/fax,
    | because the guy demonstrating it in the store couldn't get it to stop streaking
    | the output on photos.
    |
    | Do they all streak, and people just put up with this? I'd get a laserjet
    | except for the hideously expensive price of the ink cartridges, somewhere
    | around $300 on some of them. Maybe just have them printed commercially and
    | quit worrying about doing it myself? That might be the cheapest and most
    | effective way to get good prints.
    |
    | My printer is an HP 952C, BTW, but doesn't seem to be close to unique in doing
    | this. The streaking is not really bad, but can be seen in homogeneous color
    | areas like sky areas.
    |
    | Dave Head

    Printer needs maintenance/cleaning.
     
    David H. Lipman, Jun 23, 2005
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  3. Dave Head

    Bigguy Guest

    Use the 'genuine' paper and inks, set printer to use the correct paper type,
    run printer cleaning routine... if it still makes streaks then it is broken
    and needs repairing - or replacing.

    Streaking suggests too much ink on the paper or a print head problem.

    Guy
     
    Bigguy, Jun 23, 2005
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  4. Dave Head

    Dave Head Guest


    Thanks. I'll give the cleaning a try. I seem to have everything I need
    (swabs, distileld water) to try that except the time (gotta get to work...)
    Maybe tonight.

    Hopefully I won't have to send it someplace for maintenance...

    Dave Head
     
    Dave Head, Jun 23, 2005
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  5. Dave Head

    Dave Head Guest

    Not sure what this means. Is FujiFilm printer paper "genuine"?
    I'm not familar with any setting like this, but I just downloaded the manual
    (seem to have misplaced the paper one) so I'll look for such a setting in
    there.
    Have considered replacing but don't know what would be better than an HP
    anyway.
    Maybe dirty. Will try cleaning 1st, as its also the cheapest.

    Dave Head
     
    Dave Head, Jun 23, 2005
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  6. From: "Dave Head" <>


    |
    | Thanks. I'll give the cleaning a try. I seem to have everything I need
    | (swabs, distileld water) to try that except the time (gotta get to work...)
    | Maybe tonight.
    |
    | Hopefully I won't have to send it someplace for maintenance...
    |
    | Dave Head

    Isopropyl Alcohol is better at removing ink.
     
    David H. Lipman, Jun 23, 2005
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  7. Dave Head

    Siggy Guest

    <snipped>

    Personally speaking, I am getting tired of inkjet printer nozzle foibles,
    and am changing to a High-Touch 730PS Dye-sub printer which does up to 6"x8"
    in size for my photos. Choice of Matt or Gloss finish and water resistant to
    boot. Costing about £300 new here in UK, and paper/ink ribbon cost £18 for
    60 sheets of 6"x4" and £21 for 30 sheets of 6"x8". As we are nearly always
    dearer proportionally than USA prices, I've no doubt you will be even more
    pleasantly surprised.

    However, this is OT for this group, so suggest we leave it at that for now.
    ;-)

    Kind regards
     
    Siggy, Jun 23, 2005
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  8. Dave Head

    tomm101 Guest

    You need to increase the ink output to the paper. The glossy coating
    takes much more ink. If you are using HP paper you can set the printer
    to automatic and it should adjust the ink acording to the paper in the
    printer. Non HP paper you have to adjust the ink load by choosing the
    complimentry paper from the printers preferences just before you print.
    HPs tend to revert to their default so if you are using a paper a lot
    change the paper chice in the main printer setup section of your
    operating system.

    Tom
     
    tomm101, Jun 23, 2005
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  9. Dave Head

    Oscar Guest

    I'm not familiar with HP printer commands but somewhere there should be
    a file for maintenance and head cleaning. I had an Epson and recently
    purchased a Canon i9900. You have to print at least every other day or
    the nozzles will get plugged, no matter what brand of printer you have.

    1)Be sure to use the right printer setting for the type of paper you're
    using.
    2)Make sure your printer heads are properly aligned.
    3)You may have to do a head cleaning over and over until the streaks are
    gone.

    If the streaking isn't improving with each cleaning, you may need to
    have it serviced.

    Hope this helps,
    Oscar
     
    Oscar, Jun 23, 2005
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  10. Keep a particular eye out for dust/fibers stuck to the underside of the
    print carriage. They can stick to some drying ink on the carriage and
    proceed to paintbrush every swath of new ink. This drove me nuts for a
    couple weeks once with an old HP inkjet until I found it.

    Dave
     
    David Geesaman, Jun 24, 2005
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  11. Dave Head

    Dave Head Guest


    Yes - I thought of that as soon as I saw the procedure for cleaning the
    undercarriage for the print cartridges in the manual I downloaded. They have
    never been cleaned, and I've had the thing for maybe 3 years... <G> I forgot
    you actually have to clean it! I figured that the changing of the ink
    cartridges periodically would take any foreign matter with it - forgot about
    the possibility of stuff accumulating on the cartridge carrier. Aw well,
    cleaning stuff is one of my least favorite activities, anyway...

    I'm getting ready to take a pile of pictures at ham radio field day this
    weekend, and so will new pictures to print. Will clean it and print some
    things and we'll see.

    Dave Head
     
    Dave Head, Jun 24, 2005
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  12. Dave Head

    Dave Head Guest

    Thanks for the tip. That looks interesting. If things are still
    unsatisfactory after I clean the HP, I might be buying yet another printer, and
    that might just be a solution!

    Dave Head
     
    Dave Head, Jun 24, 2005
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  13. Dave Head

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    [ ... ]

    [ ... ]
    I know that I printed a particular photo at 8x10 size from my
    D70 (closeup of the cat) on my Epson ink spitter, and compared that to
    the same image (carried in on a CF card to the local photo store)
    printed to the same size on a dye-sub printer which they were promoting
    at the time.

    The colors were perhaps a bit more accurate. (I had to go back
    to the objects in the original scene to be sure.)

    But -- the resolution was terrible compared to the Epson. Areas
    where I could count individual hairs on the cat in one photo were just
    colored blurs in the other.

    So -- for my purposes, the Epson is more satisfactory.

    The only problem is that both printers only have a USB port
    (plus a slot for sticking CF cards into), and my serious computers don't
    use USB, so the CF card is the only way to feed it an image.

    Enjoy,
    DoN.
     
    DoN. Nichols, Jun 24, 2005
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  14. Dave Head

    G.T. Guest

    Isn't it time to get a newer "serious computer", I assume they don't have
    Firewire, either? Sun Blade 2500, maybe?

    Greg
     
    G.T., Jun 24, 2005
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  15. Dave Head

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    [ ... ]
    I've got a Sun Blade 100 (which has USB), but it wound up being
    my wife's machine in a shuffle of machines recently, so I don't have it
    to experiment with talking to the Epsom printer.

    And the Sun Blade 2500 is still a bit out of reach. I'm
    retired, on a fixed income, and I'm getting Sun computers for less than
    $200.00 each, so my choices are perforce somewhat older.

    Enjoy,
    DoN.
     
    DoN. Nichols, Jun 24, 2005
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  16. From: "DoN. Nichols" <>


    |
    | I've got a Sun Blade 100 (which has USB), but it wound up being
    | my wife's machine in a shuffle of machines recently, so I don't have it
    | to experiment with talking to the Epsom printer.
    |
    | And the Sun Blade 2500 is still a bit out of reach. I'm
    | retired, on a fixed income, and I'm getting Sun computers for less than
    | $200.00 each, so my choices are perforce somewhat older.
    |
    | Enjoy,
    | DoN.
    | --
    | Email: <> | Voice (all times): (703) 938-4564
    | (too) near Washington D.C. | http://www.d-and-d.com/dnichols/DoN.html
    | --- Black Holes are where God is dividing by zero ---

    At ~$10.00 US per USB v2.0 port, get a USB v2.0 PCI card.
     
    David H. Lipman, Jun 24, 2005
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  17. Dave Head

    G.T. Guest

    Uhhh, what if he doesn't have anything but SBus slots?

    Greg
     
    G.T., Jun 24, 2005
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  18. Dave Head

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    [ ... ]
    Exactly the situation. And I have been *watching* for SBus
    cards capable of talking USB -- and not seen any. Remember -- not all
    the world is PC-Compatible.

    Enjoy,
    DoN.
     
    DoN. Nichols, Jun 24, 2005
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  19. From: "G.T." <>


    | Uhhh, what if he doesn't have anything but SBus slots?
    |
    | Greg
    |

    That'sd another story !
     
    David H. Lipman, Jun 24, 2005
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  20. From: "DoN. Nichols" <>

    |>>> I've got a Sun Blade 100 (which has USB), but it wound up being
    |>>> my wife's machine in a shuffle of machines recently, so I don't have it
    |>>> to experiment with talking to the Epsom printer.
    |>>>
    |>>> And the Sun Blade 2500 is still a bit out of reach. I'm
    |>>> retired, on a fixed income, and I'm getting Sun computers for less than
    |>>> $200.00 each, so my choices are perforce somewhat older.
    |
    | [ ... ]
    ||
    | Exactly the situation. And I have been *watching* for SBus
    | cards capable of talking USB -- and not seen any. Remember -- not all
    | the world is PC-Compatible.
    |
    | Enjoy,
    | DoN.
    | --
    | Email: <> | Voice (all times): (703) 938-4564
    | (too) near Washington D.C. | http://www.d-and-d.com/dnichols/DoN.html
    | --- Black Holes are where God is dividing by zero ---

    PCI is a well excepted 32bit/64bit bus supported by many vendors including SUN. I'm sorry
    you don't have a system that provides PCI. But that the problems one runs into withy
    proprietary systems and/or buses.

    Sorry for the confusion.
     
    David H. Lipman, Jun 24, 2005
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