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.
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.