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HP Deskjet F4200 All-in-One Series - Printed Images Are Fuzzy, Blurry, Jagged, Patchy, or Grainy


Image quality is patchy, and there are isolated areas of grainy, rough, or coarse color quality. Isolated areas of the image might look out of focus.


Step one: Make sure the paper is appropriate for the print job

  • Make sure that the paper in the paper tray is not curled or wrinkled.
  • Many papers have printing and non-printing sides. Load the paper with the print side down.
  • Use the correct paper type for the project. For everyday documents, plain paper works well. For documents with dense printing, such as high-contrast graphics or photographs, use HP Advanced paper for the best results.
  • If these steps do not resolve the issue, try a different paper. Ink might not bleed as easily on heavier paper. Paper that does not accept ink well is also prone to bleeding and smearing. HP designs inks and papers to work together.

Step two: Check the print settings

  1. In the program being used for printing, click File and then click Print.
    The Print window appears.
  2. Make sure that the appropriate product is selected and then click Preferences or Properties.
    The Preferences/Properties window appears.
  3. Click the Printing Shortcuts tab.
    Consider modifying some or all of the options in the Printing Shortcuts menu to increase print quality.
    • Print quality: If the quality of the printouts is not acceptable, try increasing the print quality. To print more quickly, try decreasing the print quality.
    • Paper type: If one of the options matches the paper type exactly, select it instead of Automatic.
    • Paper size: Make sure that this option matches the paper loaded in the product.
    To see additional options, click the Advanced tab and then click Advanced Features.
    The Advanced Features window appears. Consider changing the following option:
    Ink volume: Adjust the amount of ink that prints on the page. For lighter images (less ink), drag the slider to the left. For darker images (more ink), drag the slider to the right. The lighter the ink volume, the more quickly the printout dries.

Step three: Check the image resolution

Make sure that the image file has enough resolution for the size of the printed picture. Although many photo applications can enlarge an image or part of an image to any size, eventually the individual pixels become visible and the whole image looks blurry.
Follow these guidelines for image file resolutions:
  • 940 pixels per mm (240 pixels per inch) for images to print on smaller format photo paper, such as 102 x 152 mm (4 x 6 inch)
  • 1170 pixels per mm (300 pixels per inch) or higher for larger format photo papers
  • Lower resolutions might produce acceptable images when printed on rough-textured paper.

Step four: Align the product

  1. Make sure that there is plain, white, unused paper loaded in the product.
  2. Depending on the operating system installed on the computer, follow one of these steps to open HP Solution Center.
    • Windows XP: Click Start, click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Solution Center.
    • Windows Vista: On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon (), click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Solution Center.
  3. Click Settings and then click Printer Toolbox.
  4. Click the Device Services tab and then click Align the Ink Cartridges. The ink cartridge alignment page prints.
    Printing alignment pages shortens the life of the ink cartridges. Print them only when necessary.
  5. Lift the product lid.
  6. Place the alignment page face-down on the scanner glass. Make sure that the top of the page is on the right side of the scanner glass and that the page is aligned with the right, front corner of the scanner glass.
    Figure : Place the alignment page on the scanner glass
  7. Lower the product lid.
  8. Press the scan button () on the product control panel. The product aligns the ink cartridges.






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