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Recently, photos I print have been coming out with too much blue.

I have tried all sorts of adjustments in the printer driver
(color correction, color balance,...) but to no avail. I don't think
this is the problem though, because the colors have been ok in the
past. If I compare a photo I printed a few months ago to one I
printed today the difference is obvious.

I have replaced the color ink cartridge (just in case one of the
colors had run out without causing the printer to flash the "out of
ink" light).

I've pressed the "cleaning" button on the printer to clean the color
heads seven times but it appears to have made no difference.


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Compaq Presario 5224, Pentium 100, 24MB
Windows 95 - Japanese version
Epson Machjet "Colario" MJ-810C inkjet printer
Paint Shop Pro Version 4
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nicademus earned 800 total points
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How old is your printer and how often did you use it?
Also, how long had you NOT printed any colour with it?

I ask this because Inkjet printers have a tendancy (particularly Epson I'm afraid) to dry out a little, and as much as you might use the Print-clean featuer, the printhead just clogs right up.  More so on the Red and Yellow, funny enough.

Not an easy thing to tell you how to do it, but It's quite possible if there are no software problems, as you seem to have explored the avenues of, that you need to get the print-head out and clean it.
This should be left to someone who is competant in doing just that, mind you if they are (if it isn't you) they will charge you an arm and a leg.
If you endevour to do so, you should not use Metholated spitrits or similar cleaning solutions, use "Isopropyl alchohol" this will ensure you have no resedue build up.
Get back to me with more info if you think it is too extreme.  My only other suggestion, if you hadn't already covered it, is to adjust the gamma in Paint shop....
Also I would like to ask, have these print-outs been coming out Progressively Bluer, or just, wham one day they were bluer...?


Nica...
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by:lex030997
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The printer is only about a year old.
I use it pretty regularly - it wouldn't go more than a couple
of days without being used.
I think the printouts just went blue one day (as opposed to
slowly getting bluer). I can't remember the day, but they don't
seem to be getting any bluer now - they are already quite blue
enough.
I can believe that the print head on one of the colors might
have clogged up. It could be a case of one color missing rather
than a case of too much blue.

I'll try your suggestion - thanks nicademus.
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