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Print Head Alignment

When you see unevenness in the print result such as misalignment, align the print head.

Refer to "Aligning the Print Head" to perform the automatic print head alignment.

If the problem is not solved, perform the manual print head alignment.

Automatic Print Head Alignment

If printed ruled lines are misaligned or print results are otherwise unsatisfactory, adjust the print head position.

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If the remaining ink level is low, the print head alignment sheet will not be printed correctly. Replace the FINE Cartridge whose ink is low.

  1. Ensure that the printer is powered on and open the paper output tray.



  2. Load a sheet of A4 or Letter-sized plain paper in the auto sheet feeder (or ASF).



  3. Print the print head alignment sheet.

    Press the <> (Maintenance) button repeatedly until [u] appears.




    Note: If you want to print out the current alignment values, select [L] on the LED to print the current head position adjustment values.



  4. Press the <Black> or <Color> button. The machine prints the head alignment sheet.



    Note: Do not touch any printed part on the print head alignment sheet. Do not dirty the print head alignment sheet. If the sheet is stained or wrinkled, the pattern may not be scanned correctly.

  5. Scan the sheet to adjust the print head position.
    1. Load the print head alignment sheet on the Platen Glass.
      Load the print head alignment sheet WITH THE PRINTED SIDE FACING DOWN and align the mark on the upper left corner of the sheet with the alignment mark .



    2. Close the Document Cover gently.
    3. Confirm that U is displayed in the LED.
      If U is not displayed, press the <Maintenance> button repeatedly until [U] appears.


    4. Press the <Black> or <Color> button.

  6. The machine scans the head alignment sheet and aligns the print head automatically. When adjusting the print head position is complete, the LED returns to the copy standby mode. Remove the sheet on the Platen Glass.

    Note:
    • Do not open the Document Cover or move the print head alignment sheet until scanning is complete.
    • If adjusting the print head position has failed, the error code will appear on the LED. Press the Stop/Reset button to release the error, then confirm the following.
      • The Platen Glass and the print head alignment sheet are not dirty.
      • The print head alignment sheet is placed in the correct position with the printed side facing down.

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Manual Print Head Alignment

Print head alignment corrects the installation positions of the print head and improves deviated colors and lines.

This machine supports two head alignment methods: automatic head alignment and manual head alignment.

To perform automatic head alignment, Refer to [ Automatic Print Head Alignment ] within this webpage and then execute the function from the operation panel of the machine.

The procedure for performing manual print head alignment is as follows:

*Note: Macintosh users Click Here for instructions

1. Open the printer driver setup window.

2. Click Custom Settings on the Maintenance tab.

The Custom Settings dialog box opens.

3. Switch head alignment to manual.

Check the Align heads manually check box.

4. Transmit the settings.

Click Send, and click OK when the confirmation message appears.

5. Click Print Head Alignment on the Maintenance tab.

The Start Print Head Alignment dialog box opens.

6. Load paper in the machine.

Load three sheets of A4 size or Letter size plain paper into the rear tray.

7. Execute head alignment.

Make sure that the machine is on and click Align Print Head.

Follow the instruction in the message.

8. Check the printed pattern.

Enter the numbers of the patterns with the least amount of streaks in the associated boxes.

Clicking the patterns with the least amount of streaks in the preview window, will automatically set their numbers in the associated boxes.

When you have entered all the necessary values, click OK.

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(A) Less noticeable vertical white streaks

(B) More noticeable vertical white streaks

(A) Less noticeable horizontal white streaks

(B) More noticeable horizontal white streaks



9. Confirm the displayed message and click OK.

The second pattern is printed.

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Do not open the Scanning Unit (Cover) while printing is in progress.



10. Check the printed pattern.

Enter the numbers of the patterns with the least amount of streaks in the associated boxes.

Clicking the patterns with the least amount of streaks in the preview window, will automatically set their numbers in the associated boxes.

When you have entered all the necessary values, click OK.

reference:

If it is difficult to pick the best pattern, pick the setting that produces the least noticeable vertical white streaks.

(A) Less noticeable vertical white streaks

(B) More noticeable vertical white streaks



11. Confirm the displayed message and click OK.

The third pattern is printed.

important:

Do not open the Scanning Unit (Cover) while printing is in progress.



12. Check the printed pattern.

Enter the numbers of the patterns with the least noticeable horizontal stripes in the associated boxes.

Clicking the patterns with the least noticeable horizontal stripes in the preview window, will automatically set their numbers in the associated boxes.

When you have entered all the necessary values, click OK.

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If it is difficult to pick the best pattern, pick the setting that produces the least noticeable horizontal white stripes.

(A) Less noticeable horizontal white stripes

(B) More noticeable horizontal white stripes



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To print and check the current setting, open the Start Print Head Alignment dialog box, and click Print Alignment Value.



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