If you are using suitable settings, the next step is to clean the print head. If you find that the printout is unexpectedly faint or that dots are missing, you may be able to identify the problem by checking the print head nozzles. You can check the print head nozzles from your computer by using the Nozzle Check utility. In some cases blurred prints could be caused by blocked nozzles on the print head. Whilst less common, this should be checked to eliminate it as a potential cause.
We also recommend that a standalone nozzle check (Self Test) is printed to rule out an issue such as interference from an electromagnetic field, such as that which can be caused by PC speakers. See How to perform a Printer Operation Check (Self Test) for instructions on performing a standalone nozzle check.
Below is an example of a poor quality print, the cause of which may be a phenomenon such as electro-magentic interference. Check for electro-magnetic items near PC (e.g. speakers) - you may need to reposition such items if they are near to the printer/printer's data cabe. Make sure that the printer's data cable is shielded at either end. We also recommend using a cable less than 2 metres in length, as anything longer may result in data degradation.
|Blurry printout, poor quality
Below are two sample nozzle check patterns. Compare the quality of the printed check page with the sample shown on the left.
If any segment of the printed lines is missing, as shown on the right, this could mean a clogged ink nozzle or a misaligned print head.
|Example of a good Nozzle Check
||Example of a poor Nozzle Check
If there are no print quality problems, such as gaps or missing segments in the test lines, the print head is fine. It should look like the sample on the left. Instead, the blurry print may be as a result of a communication-related issue or incorrect settings in the printing application.
We recommend printing from an Epson application such as EPSON PhotoQuicker or EPSON Easy Photo Print. This will help to determine if the problem is related to application or driver settings. If the print is OK, this demonstrates that the problem was related to application settings, is not related to the PC and printer communication, and shows there isn't a problem with the printer's operation. Please see the respective user guides for help using either of these programs.