Printing is light and faded - only from mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JoeDMD, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. JoeDMD macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    My mac recently started printing light and faded.
    My printer is an HP laserjet 5si w/postcript and network card.
    I can print fine from my PC, everything from the mac is faded.
    It makes no difference whether I print with the printer driver or through gimp-print. The result is the same.
    I am running 10.4.11

    Found someone with different printer, but the same problem on the apple forums, but no solution over there.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Try opening /Applications/Utilities/ColorSync Click Devices, open Printers, then select your printer in the left-hand list. What does it say under Factory/Current Profile?
  3. JoeDMD thread starter macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    Unknown or remote profile.
  4. tallguy macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008
    Did you just accidentally change to printer settings to fast draft? Look at your presets or the paper type/quality in the print menu.
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Check your printer settings.

    Check your color calibration.

    Most people who work in design use a Mac because the color reproduction works great if you set it up properly.
  6. JoeDMD thread starter macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    No settings were changed. As I said this is a recent problem, it affects all software printing on the mac, and does not affect my PC when printing to the same printer. The problem exists when printing through 2 different drivers (same thing happens when I print through gimp print) In effect this means that the problem would affect any printer I printed to.

    The link for the apple forum discussion is here
  7. paydirt1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2010
    This problem just started for me. I'm on an iMac OS X Version 10.5.8.
    Did anyone figure out the solution?
  8. paydirt1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2010
    I had the same problem today. Mac wouldn't print black, PC would print black just fine on the same printer. I changed the black ink cartridge to a new one. Voila! Fixed it! The ink was below half full, maybe the postscript driver I use on the PC is more efficient...
  9. YSR50 macrumors newbie


    Sep 13, 2004
    Old question but this just happened for us as well. Toner ran out and after changing to a new cartridge we were seeing faded printing only from the Mac side.

    Just for future reference one thing to check is the on the 5si go to the Print Quality menu and make sure EconMode is set to Off. I think that when the toner is running low for a while it switches to On. Not sure why this doesn't seem to matter when printing from PCs
  10. Aarkay macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2013
    Mac printing HP Laserjet 5 is light / dim - change econo mode

    I concur with other posts on this topic and my thanks to you.

    On the (Laserjet 5) printer, go to config menu and make sure the setting is NOT econo mode.

    For some reason, with this setting, it works on PC (windows 7).
  11. EEAndersen macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2017
    Shame on me. Same light print on two different printers, same Mac. I found an intensity/color setting in Pages in the Format sidebar for TEXT, next to a color wheel. Found the default black setting and we're "back in the black again." Don't recall changing it. Could have. Do I run with low ink? You bet. Could Pages sense a low ink situation and make some correction, possibly.

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