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Dell 540 photo printer

My printer starting printing pictures with green and red vertical lines in them. I have tried new ink and paper and tried printing from the computer and memory stick. it still does it. i can print a test page and it is fine, but photos are liney. Dell had no solution, but to say that my printer heads were bad and it was no good anymore. it has only had about 200 uses since it was purchased. any help would be appreciated!!

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Re: dell 540 photo printer

Looks like to heaters are going How long have you had it Still under warranty? If so send it back or ask for a replacement.

Posted on May 22, 2007

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