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Epson stylus cx7400 prints color pics with vertical rainbow lines

I've had this problem for a while and it seems to come and go. epson stylus cx7400 prints color pics with vertical rainbow lines ever since i changed the ink cartridges the first time. i've tried epson ink and combatibles and the only difference is the lines are less noticable with epson but still present. i've done multible nozzle cleanings and head alignments and i even get some vertical unwanted lines during these processes. i've wasted so much ink trying to get rid of these stupid annoying lines. hope there's a solution because i like this printer but i might be trading it in on a kodak or something similar that is noted for printing pics with reasonable ink prices.

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  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    same problem with me..can't get rid of them..always happens with all epson printers ..dunno why i keep buying them

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