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HP LaserJet M1522 MFP Product Series - Solve Scan Quality Problems

Try these few simple steps first:
  • Use the flatbed scanner rather than the document feeder.
  • Use high-quality originals.
  • When the document feeder is used, load the original document into the feeder correctly, using the paper guides, to avoid unclear or skewed images.
If the solutions below do not fix the problem, click here to see document HP LaserJet M1522 MFP Series Product - Solve Print Quality Problems at h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?&objectID=c01312086 for additional solutions.

Check the scanner glass for dirt or smudges

Follow these steps if the printout has streaks, unwanted lines, black dots, poor print quality or unclear text.
  1. Use the power switch to turn off the product, and then unplug the power cord from the electrical socket.
  2. Use a soft, lint-free cloth or a sponge that has been moistened with nonabrasive glass cleaner, and clean the following:
    • the white plastic backing on the underside of the scanner lid
    • both the large and small scanner glass panes, if multiple glass panes exist
  3. To prevent spotting, dry the glass and white plastic with a chamois or cellulose sponge.
  4. Plug in the product, and then use the power switch to turn on the product.
Do not use abrasives, acetone, benzene, ammonia, ethyl alcohol, or carbon tetrachloride on any part of the product; these can damage the product. Do not place liquids directly on the glass. They might seep under it and damage the product.
In certain areas of California, air pollution control regulations restrict the use of liquid Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) as a cleaning agent. In those areas of California, please disregard the previous recommendations and use a dry, lint-free cloth. The cloth may be moistened with water if desired.

Check scanner resolution and color settings on the PC

If you are using PC scanner software, ensure that the resolution and color settings in the software are optimized for the image. Use the following resolution and color guidelines to optimize the settings.
Setting the resolution and color to a high value increases the file size and the scan time.
Intended Use
Recommended resolution
Recommended color settings
150 ppi
  • Black
150 ppi
  • Black, if image doesn’t require smooth gradation
  • Grayscale, if image requires smooth gradation
  • Color, if the image is in color
Print (graphics or text)
600 ppi for complex graphics
300 ppi for normal graphics and text
150 ppi for photos
  • Black for text and line art
  • Grayscale for shaded or colored graphics and photos
  • Color, if the image is in color
Display on screen
75 ppi
  • Black for text
  • Grayscale for graphics and photos
  • Color, if the image is in color

Clean the pick-up rollers and separation pad in the document feeder

Follow these steps if the printout has toner smudges or skewed print.
  1. Turn off the product and unplug the power cord.
  2. Open the document feeder cover.
    Figure : Opening the document feeder cover
  3. Rotate the assembly upward. Wipe it clean and rotate the rollers until the assembly is clean.
    Figure : Rotating the assembly upward
  4. Lower the green lever assembly and close the document feeder cover.
    Figure : Closing the document feeder cover
If the problem persists, check the printer’s separation pad and rollers in the document feeder for damage or wear and replace them if necessary.






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