Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Preserving the ink in my DCP-130C printer

I purchased this DCP-130C multifunction inkjet printer for RM199 only in one of the PIKOM PC Fair last year.

It is pretty small and compact in size, and function well for me. It can do printing, copying and scanning. With the help of faxing software, I can use it to fax out scanned documents too.

Its control buttons are easy to use, I can copy documents both in colour or mono directly without the PC switch on. It has a paper input tray able to hold about 100 sheets of paper, convenient to feed-in paper.

It uses separate ink cartridges for black, yellow, cyan and magenta printing.

Now, the problem I faced with this printer:
Everytime I wanted to print, it went into Cleaning mode, and I had to wait for more than 1 minute for it to clean the print head before it started the actual printing. And because of this cleaning process everytime it was switched on for printing, the ink used up very fast. Worse still, any 1 of the 4 cartridges ran out of ink, the whole printer will refuse to print until the empty cartridge is replaced.

Later, I found out the solution to fix this problem. I just need to keep the printer in sleeping mode, don't switch off the power supply to the printer. This will make the printer perform routine cleaning based on its own timer, and it will directly print out document without having to go through the cleaning process anymore. I find its ink consumption also reduced a lot and can last a much longer period.


Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I think I have a same model with yours. I only know it is multifunction, but i just cant remember the model number.

The problem that the printer refuses to print when one of the ink cartridges runs out is also troubling me. So is the "cleaning" process.

Thank you for your sharing. Will try out your solution when I go back hometown.

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment

Hope that you can solve your problem soon. It can save your money as the ink can last longer.

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment

Today added its photo, together with its ink cartridge.

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