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Troubleshooting Print Quality Problems with Dell V105, V305, and V505 Inkjet Printers

Summary: Refer to each section for information on how to resolve print quality issues with your Dell V105, V305, and V505 Inkjet Printers.

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Symptoms

Refer to each section for information on how to resolve print quality issues with Dell V105, V305, and V505 Inkjet Printers.

Table of Contents:

  1. Open the Dell Imaging Toolbox
  2. Troubleshooting Print Quality Symptoms

1: Open the Dell Imaging Toolbox

  1. Click Start: SLN149668_en_US__1iC_Windows_Vista_Pearl_BD_v1 (in Windows Vista or Windows 7) SLN149668_en_US__2XP_Start_Button (in Windows XP).
     
  2. Click All Programs.
     
  3. Click Dell Printers.
     
  4. Click the model of Dell Printer you are using (eg. Dell V305).
     
  5. Click Dell Imaging Toolbox.
     
  6. Click Settings.
     
  7. Click Print Settings.
     
  8. Click the Maintenance tab.

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2: Troubleshooting Print Quality Symptoms

Click on the picture that best describes your print quality symptom.

Dark or Faded Print Streaks or Gaps Smeared or Bleeding Blurry or Poor Quality
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Dark or Faded Print

  1. In the Dell Imaging Toolbox, click Settings and then click Print Settings.
     
  2. In the Dell Printer Printing Preferences window, click the Maintenance tab.
     
  3. Verify that plain standard-sized paper is loaded and then click Print a Test Page.
     
    SLN149668_en_US__7icon Note: If the Test Page prints normally without the same problem, the problem is related to the document or image you are printing. Use whatever software that was used to create the document for further troubleshooting.
  4. If the Test Page has the same problem, on the Maintenance tab of the Dell Imaging Toolbox, click Clean Ink Cartridges and then print another Test Page.
     
  5. Check the ink levels shown in the Dell Imaging Toolbox and order new cartridges if the volume is below 5%.
     

Streaks or Gaps

  1. Lift the scanner unit and make sure there is no debris or scraps of paper in the printer interior.
     
  2. In the Dell Imaging Toolbox, click Settings and then click Print Settings.
     
  3. In the Dell Printer Printing Preferences window, click the Maintenance tab.
     
  4. Verify that plain standard-sized paper is loaded and then click Print a Test Page.
     
    SLN149668_en_US__7icon Note: If the Test Page prints normally without the same problem, the problem is related to the document or image you are printing. Use whatever software that was used to create the document for further troubleshooting.
  5. If the Test Page has the same problem, on the Maintenance tab of the Dell Imaging Toolbox, click Clean Ink Cartridges and then print another Test Page.
     

Smeared or Bleeding

  1. In the Dell Imaging Toolbox, click Settings and then click Print Settings.
     
  2. In the Dell Printer Printing Preferences window, click the Maintenance tab.
     
  3. Verify that plain standard-sized paper for inkjet printers is loaded and then click Print a Test Page.
     
    SLN149668_en_US__7icon Note: If the Test Page prints normally without the same problem, the problem is related to the document or image you are printing. Use whatever software that was used to create the document for further troubleshooting.
  4. If the Test Page has the same problem, on the Maintenance tab of the Dell Imaging Toolbox, click Clean Ink Cartridges and then print another Test Page.
     

Blurry or Poor Quality

  1. In the Dell Imaging Toolbox, click Settings and then click Print Settings.
     
  2. In the Dell Printer Printing Preferences window, click the Maintenance tab.
     
  3. Verify that plain standard-sized paper for inkjet printers is loaded and then click Print a Test Page.
     
    SLN149668_en_US__7icon Note: If the Test Page prints normally without the same problem, the problem is related to the document or image you are printing. Use whatever software that was used to create the document for further troubleshooting.
  4. If the Test Page has the same problem, on the Maintenance tab of the Dell Imaging Toolbox, click Clean Ink Cartridges and then print another Test Page.
     
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Article Properties


Affected Product

Dell V105 All In One Inkjet Printer, Dell V305 All In One Inkjet Printer, Dell V305w All In One Wireless Inkjet Printer, Dell V505 All In One Inkjet Printer

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021

Version

3

Article Type

Solution