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How Do I Prevent Streaks or Color Loss Printouts on My Dell Printer? - KB Article - 278050

Prevent Running Out of Ink by Observing Dell Ink Management System Warnings

Most streaks and color loss in printouts are caused by ink cartridges running out of ink or ink cartridge nozzle clogging. Every time you print, the Dell Ink Management System helps you keep track of the amount of ink in your Dell printer, so you can order replacement ink cartridges from Dell before you run out.


NOTE: Dell ink cartridges are only available through Dell.

Ink Status Indicator

Ink Status Indicator

When the ink cartridge reaches a level of about 25%, a Low Ink Alert window pops up with the Printing Status.

Low Ink Alert Window
Low Ink Alert Window

When the ink cartridge reaches a level of about 10%, an urgent Low Ink Alert window pops up with the Printing Status.

Urgent Low Ink Alert Window
Urgent Low Ink Alert Window


NOTE: Once you have ordered ink, you can stop the Low Ink Alert warnings from appearing by clicking to select the box next to I have already ordered my ink, please don't remind me again. and then click the Close button to close the window.

Additional Information on Dell Printer Cartridges

Support Options

For more troubleshooting assistance, click one of the support options below.

Dell Print Cartridges
Order Ink and Toner for your Dell Printer.

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Article ID: SLN67121

Last Date Modified: 07/30/2010 12:00 AM

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