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Light printing and no choices

Since hooking my printer up to my new Macbook pro, I have not been able to mange the paper selection nor check the ink levels which I could do with my old computer. Also, the ink prints very lightly. How to fix?

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  • shiu2000 Jan 12, 2009

    After I have update my OSX version 10.5.5, every print out color looks very light & dull, even I have replaced new ink...and new Photo Quality ink jet paper....



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Hi. was your old computer windows xp os? mac works a little differently. if you go to page 31 in your user manual the mac printing is explained there. if you don't have a user guide go here to view pdf file....
if you still have problems you may have to uninstall and reinstall the printer software.
hope this helps some.

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