Another Line on My Resume

Like I need it. I was ready to tear my hair out over the printer problem. I have four coupons worth $4 that may or may not work because the printhead was out of alignment and I couldn’t get it to cooperate. I couldn’t help but think how my sisters could relate. They have various problems with their printers and I’ve mostly been able to sit back and be thankful for mine.

Pixma MP530

It was far too late when I went to bed. I didn’t want to give up but I didn’t want to stay up all night, either. The maintenance part of the printer properties talked about a manual alignment but it didn’t tell how to do it. I’d ruined a couple of ink cartridges so I ordered another set plus three of the large black ones. All told, the two complete sets plus the three large black totaled less than $20.

This morning, I had second thoughts. Going into my account on Amazon, I requested a cancellation for the ink. I looked up printheads and the cheapest one I could find for my printer was over $80 and I’d have to install it. I could get a good printer for a bit more than that. An email came that apologized for not being able to cancel the shipment but I could refuse it when it came. I started praying.

I started in again. I downloaded the desktop manual (which helped not one whit) and then the user manual. Having a PDF is my preference. The search makes it much easier to find anything. It wasn’t long before I found what I needed. It gave detailed instructions for doing a manual alignment. I had to do it on the printer, itself, and not through the program on the computer.

I printed off the two sheets of paper with 16 columns of settings. Fourteen of them had 11 settings each, two had seven. The instructions said to pick the setting with the fewest lines and punch that number into the printer. Most of them were okay but one of the blacks was off by a large margin. I picked the setting that looked the best and keyed it in then printed off a coupon. It was better but not really good enough.

Printing off another set of sheets, I went through again and corrected the one I thought might be the culprit and WOOHOO! it was right. The next coupon I printed was okay. I was so thankful! It’s never been hard to part with a printer until this one and it’s my favorite of all the ones I’ve ever owned.

It was too hot to exercise. I made it to the mailbox and back. My CIL came home so I didn’t have to go feed the critters. Twinkle has been about as inert as I have. Next week, it’s supposed to cool off considerably. Fine with me.

6 Responses to Another Line on My Resume

  1. Mary Jane September 5, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    Hooray for you! I would have bet you could do it. Why don’t you come over and connect my VCR and DVD players? I took one look at the instructions for the VCR and gave up. My usual helper couldn’t do it, either. I know these are dinosaurs, but I miss having ’em.

    • Tommie September 5, 2014 at 2:01 am #

      You still have a lot of videotapes so it makes sense that you’d have a VCR. From my house to yours is a bit far for a service call. And you know how I hate the trip. If I could teleport…

  2. Lila September 5, 2014 at 1:08 am #

    You may be in trouble when your friends find out you are now a printer repair person.

    • Tommie September 5, 2014 at 2:02 am #

      A lot of my friends have computers/tablets/whatever but no printers so I believe I’m safe. 😀

  3. Joanie September 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    We have one! 🙂

    • Tommie September 6, 2014 at 12:38 am #

      Good! And with all the intelligence in your family, I’m sure you can figure out whatever problems that might crop up!

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