Dell 720 -Banding?

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I just got a brand new Dell 720 printer which I believe is a Lexmark Z601.

I already own a Lexmark Z11 from 5 years ago.

The new one didnt have drivers for win98se so I installed it on my xp pro
machine instead. The quality compared to my Z11 is horrific. Terrible
banding. I am using it on BEST quality setting and also set for GLOSS paper.

Sure;y it should be better than this? The old Z11 produces rich vibrant
colours and a smooth but dense BLACK whereas this one looks like its printed
on matt or ordinary paper when actually its gloss. I done 2 cd labels on one
sheet each printed on the 2 different printers and the Z11 just blows it
away in EVERY aspect except speed of course.

This new machine is supposed to be 4 times the res of the Z11 and yet I see
no difference in detail.

Anyone know how to get rid of the banding. I got this once on the Z11 but it
was cured by turning off the buffer but there doesnt seem to be an option to
do this on the 720?

Any help appreciated.
 
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Ginchy wrote:
> I just got a brand new Dell 720 printer which I believe is a Lexmark
> Z601.

Did you? My commiserations.


> I already own a Lexmark Z11 from 5 years ago.

And you wanted another? What are you - some kind of masochist?

>
> The new one didnt have drivers for win98se so I installed it on my xp
> pro machine instead. The quality compared to my Z11 is horrific.
> Terrible banding. I am using it on BEST quality setting and also set
> for GLOSS paper.

Well you get what you pay for. That printer retails for around £25 over
here - indeed Dell gives it away with its Dimension systems. The tanks are
£25 black and £35 colour - yep you could purchase two printers for less than
the price of a set of tanks.

> Sure;y it should be better than this? The old Z11 produces rich
> vibrant colours and a smooth but dense BLACK whereas this one looks
> like its printed on matt or ordinary paper when actually its gloss. I
> done 2 cd labels on one sheet each printed on the 2 different
> printers and the Z11 just blows it away in EVERY aspect except speed
> of course.

Well of course it does - though it's still a Lexmark, it's marginally better
than a Dell

> This new machine is supposed to be 4 times the res of the Z11 and yet
> I see no difference in detail.
>
> Anyone know how to get rid of the banding. I got this once on the Z11
> but it was cured by turning off the buffer but there doesnt seem to
> be an option to do this on the 720?

Yep. Go and spend £100 on a decent printer and stop wasting time - and
money - on junk.

> Any help appreciated.



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got the printers for £9.99 each and sold 4 for £25 each

kept the fifth for myself

the ink carts are trial and are free

the carts are £24.99 delivered from dell for colour

I can buy lexmark 601`s for it as well as my mate has shown me how to break
off the tab on the cart holder.

I havent spent a penny so far!

Now piss off


"Miss Perspicacia Tick" <misstick@lancre.dw> wrote in message
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> Ginchy wrote:
> > I just got a brand new Dell 720 printer which I believe is a Lexmark
> > Z601.
>
> Did you? My commiserations.
>
>
> > I already own a Lexmark Z11 from 5 years ago.
>
> And you wanted another? What are you - some kind of masochist?
>
> >
> > The new one didnt have drivers for win98se so I installed it on my xp
> > pro machine instead. The quality compared to my Z11 is horrific.
> > Terrible banding. I am using it on BEST quality setting and also set
> > for GLOSS paper.
>
> Well you get what you pay for. That printer retails for around £25 over
> here - indeed Dell gives it away with its Dimension systems. The tanks are
> £25 black and £35 colour - yep you could purchase two printers for less
than
> the price of a set of tanks.
>
> > Sure;y it should be better than this? The old Z11 produces rich
> > vibrant colours and a smooth but dense BLACK whereas this one looks
> > like its printed on matt or ordinary paper when actually its gloss. I
> > done 2 cd labels on one sheet each printed on the 2 different
> > printers and the Z11 just blows it away in EVERY aspect except speed
> > of course.
>
> Well of course it does - though it's still a Lexmark, it's marginally
better
> than a Dell
>
> > This new machine is supposed to be 4 times the res of the Z11 and yet
> > I see no difference in detail.
> >
> > Anyone know how to get rid of the banding. I got this once on the Z11
> > but it was cured by turning off the buffer but there doesnt seem to
> > be an option to do this on the 720?
>
> Yep. Go and spend £100 on a decent printer and stop wasting time - and
> money - on junk.
>
> > Any help appreciated.
>
>
>
> --
> Facon - the artificial bacon bits you get in Pizza Hut for sprinkling
> on salads.
>
>
>
 
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Miss Perspicacia Tick, always the helpful one...

============
I'm assuming this is a new printer and not running out of ink, by chance.

It is true that Lexmark printers are not great with quality control and
their drivers can be difficult at the best of times. In the inkjet
arena I would say they most represent the model that the money is in the
ink. Their printers tend to be less rugged and my experience is they
are often free with a minimal purchase.

Having said that, the situation you are experiencing is not normal. I
suspect the ink cartridge is bad or at least clogging.

It is possible that the cartridge is not seated well or the it is not
making proper contact with the printer electronics (you might wish to
try removing the cartridge wiping down the printhead with warm water on
a lintfree towel and making sure the electrical contacts on the printer
and the cartridges look clean, and if not gently wipe them down with a
clean paper towel) .

Resintall and try again, do a cleaning cycle if that's an option, and a
head alignment if that is available to you. If it doesn't improve,
chances are a new cartridge or set of cartridges will resolve it, and
Dell should supply them under warranty, I would think.

Obviously, if a new cartridge set still doesn't resolve the problem,
there is a likelihood the printer itself has bad contacts or
electronics, and needs replacement.

Art

Miss Perspicacia Tick wrote:

> Ginchy wrote:
>
>>I just got a brand new Dell 720 printer which I believe is a Lexmark
>>Z601.
>
>
> Did you? My commiserations.
>
>
>
>>I already own a Lexmark Z11 from 5 years ago.
>
>
> And you wanted another? What are you - some kind of masochist?
>
>
>>The new one didnt have drivers for win98se so I installed it on my xp
>>pro machine instead. The quality compared to my Z11 is horrific.
>>Terrible banding. I am using it on BEST quality setting and also set
>>for GLOSS paper.
>
>
> Well you get what you pay for. That printer retails for around £25 over
> here - indeed Dell gives it away with its Dimension systems. The tanks are
> £25 black and £35 colour - yep you could purchase two printers for less than
> the price of a set of tanks.
>
>
>>Sure;y it should be better than this? The old Z11 produces rich
>>vibrant colours and a smooth but dense BLACK whereas this one looks
>>like its printed on matt or ordinary paper when actually its gloss. I
>>done 2 cd labels on one sheet each printed on the 2 different
>>printers and the Z11 just blows it away in EVERY aspect except speed
>>of course.
>
>
> Well of course it does - though it's still a Lexmark, it's marginally better
> than a Dell
>
>
>>This new machine is supposed to be 4 times the res of the Z11 and yet
>>I see no difference in detail.
>>
>>Anyone know how to get rid of the banding. I got this once on the Z11
>>but it was cured by turning off the buffer but there doesnt seem to
>>be an option to do this on the 720?
>
>
> Yep. Go and spend £100 on a decent printer and stop wasting time - and
> money - on junk.
>
>
>>Any help appreciated.
>
>
>
>
 
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thanks art....it seems to be getting better with each print and no sign on
the black prints so I reckon you are spot on that the colour cart is dodgy
but as its a trial cart I doubt they would entertain a replacement!

I will try a new colour cart and if its the same then I will shout at them
:eek:)

Cheers!


"Arthur Entlich" <artistic@telus.net> wrote in message
news:srbFd.84903$dv1.10032@edtnps89...
> Miss Perspicacia Tick, always the helpful one...
>
> ============
> I'm assuming this is a new printer and not running out of ink, by chance.
>
> It is true that Lexmark printers are not great with quality control and
> their drivers can be difficult at the best of times. In the inkjet
> arena I would say they most represent the model that the money is in the
> ink. Their printers tend to be less rugged and my experience is they
> are often free with a minimal purchase.
>
> Having said that, the situation you are experiencing is not normal. I
> suspect the ink cartridge is bad or at least clogging.
>
> It is possible that the cartridge is not seated well or the it is not
> making proper contact with the printer electronics (you might wish to
> try removing the cartridge wiping down the printhead with warm water on
> a lintfree towel and making sure the electrical contacts on the printer
> and the cartridges look clean, and if not gently wipe them down with a
> clean paper towel) .
>
> Resintall and try again, do a cleaning cycle if that's an option, and a
> head alignment if that is available to you. If it doesn't improve,
> chances are a new cartridge or set of cartridges will resolve it, and
> Dell should supply them under warranty, I would think.
>
> Obviously, if a new cartridge set still doesn't resolve the problem,
> there is a likelihood the printer itself has bad contacts or
> electronics, and needs replacement.
>
> Art
>
> Miss Perspicacia Tick wrote:
>
> > Ginchy wrote:
> >
> >>I just got a brand new Dell 720 printer which I believe is a Lexmark
> >>Z601.
> >
> >
> > Did you? My commiserations.
> >
> >
> >
> >>I already own a Lexmark Z11 from 5 years ago.
> >
> >
> > And you wanted another? What are you - some kind of masochist?
> >
> >
> >>The new one didnt have drivers for win98se so I installed it on my xp
> >>pro machine instead. The quality compared to my Z11 is horrific.
> >>Terrible banding. I am using it on BEST quality setting and also set
> >>for GLOSS paper.
> >
> >
> > Well you get what you pay for. That printer retails for around £25 over
> > here - indeed Dell gives it away with its Dimension systems. The tanks
are
> > £25 black and £35 colour - yep you could purchase two printers for less
than
> > the price of a set of tanks.
> >
> >
> >>Sure;y it should be better than this? The old Z11 produces rich
> >>vibrant colours and a smooth but dense BLACK whereas this one looks
> >>like its printed on matt or ordinary paper when actually its gloss. I
> >>done 2 cd labels on one sheet each printed on the 2 different
> >>printers and the Z11 just blows it away in EVERY aspect except speed
> >>of course.
> >
> >
> > Well of course it does - though it's still a Lexmark, it's marginally
better
> > than a Dell
> >
> >
> >>This new machine is supposed to be 4 times the res of the Z11 and yet
> >>I see no difference in detail.
> >>
> >>Anyone know how to get rid of the banding. I got this once on the Z11
> >>but it was cured by turning off the buffer but there doesnt seem to
> >>be an option to do this on the 720?
> >
> >
> > Yep. Go and spend £100 on a decent printer and stop wasting time - and
> > money - on junk.
> >
> >
> >>Any help appreciated.
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
 

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