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This how-to guide is for faded or streaked printouts, black or colored ink not printing, printouts with fuzzy or blurred text, ink smears or streaks, or other issues while printing on an HP printer that belongs to DeskJet 1510 or 2540 all in one or standalone models. If you find that quality of a document or photo printout is not up to the mark in your HP printer, try the following steps to troubleshoot the issue.
The printer manufacturer recommends using genuine ink cartridges or toner supplies for best quality outputs. That cannot be guaranteed in case you are using a third party’s remanufactured or refilled cartridges. However, if you are using HP’s cartridge, continue to the next step to troubleshoot printer issues.
Sometimes, issues related to print quality can be fixed by keeping an HP printer inactive for ideally half an hour. Prior to printing again, allow your printer some rest. If the issue persists despite that, move on to the next step.
Follow these pointers to ensure that the paper is appropriate for printing. In case it is inappropriate, reload new paper into your printer’s paper tray.
Many printing papers have non-printing and printing sides, such as photo papers and other special media. Typically, smoothest side of the two is the print side and the non-print side has paper manufacturer’s logo.
Load clean and wrinkle free papers into your HP printer.
To get the best results, you have to use the plain paper or photo paper recommended by the printer manufacturer.
It is recommended to store the paper package on an even surface and away from moisture. Load ten to twenty sheets of photo-quality paper into the paper tray only prior to printing, and store the other sheets inside a resalable or airtight plastic bag.
This will help you determine if HP printer not printing the proper way due to paper-related issues. Note that damaged, unsupported, or inappropriate paper can also leave streaks in a printout.
Ensure that print settings are configured correctly in the Windows computer. For that, follow the steps mentioned below.
Generally, a printer displays a warning in case it is running out of ink. That can be an indication that cartridge needs replacement. Although in case you have a new cartridge and come across a “low ink” warning, it may be a cartridge malfunction. There are ways to bypass an unwanted “low ink” warning, which is one of the common printer issues, but it may also be true.
You should do this for best possible print quality.
Do this only if the printout has track marks or smeared text. For that, you will get instructions on the manufacturer website or in the user manual. In case the test print comes out clean, proceed to the subsequent step to troubleshoot HP printer problems.
The quality of printouts may be affected if ink cartridges are clogged, so you would have to clean those many times in order to restore the quality. You can clean ink cartridges using the option for that in the printer software. After that, take a test printout. In case it has acceptable quality, you are good to go. In case not, follow on-screen prompts to run the second level clean after half an hour. In case the print head is poorly clogged, then it may necessitate another automated cleaning.
If the print quality issue is due to the cartridge itself, then you would have to replace it or get company warranty service. If you come across HP printer problems, get in touch with our service professionals via our helpline to service the device or software.