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I have a canon pixma mp 470 printer/scanner that i am using for the first time to print pictures. The first one printed out beautifully, but every picture since then has visible vertical lines in it. I have tried cleaning, deep cleaning, and aligning the print head. Nothing works. I am using canon matte photo paper, and i did choose the matte photo paper setting on the printer. What is wrong???

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Rrenor,

You will find that the ink in the cartridge is low or almost out. If you haven't printed pictures for some time than the unit has still purged, which means to have sucked ink through the head, everytime you have turned it on. The long and short of this is that over time it has been emptying your cartridges. Nothing you can do about it, it is just the wayy these machines operate. Try checking the ink levels and if they are all full, leave the print head in park overnight and try again tomorrow, see what happens. If it is still giving you lines than it may need to have the print head replaced.
Don't do any more cleans now, you are just wasting your ink. Allow it to sit and you may find it will fix itself.

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Posted on Dec 11, 2008

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