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Take it back, and get one that does work correctly.
> VERTICAL lines ACROSS the whole photo
Hold the paper in "portrait" mode, not "landscape" mode.
Are the lines HORIZONTALLY-ACROSS the paper,
or VERTICALLY-DOWN the paper?
If those lines are WHITE and HORIZONTAL,
then some of the many ink-jets inside the print-head are *CLOGGED*.
Run a "print-head-cleaning-cycle" to try to unclog it.
Or, exercise the WARRANTY, and get it replaced.
Try scanning a bigger document. Use a blank page big as the scan capacity and scan the blank page.
If for example you are using an a3 scanner, scan a blank A3 page.
When scanning blank page set resolution to an high value, so that you does not lose pixels.
Check scan result, and explore the whole document using zoom to see if the line is still present on the test scan of the blank page.
If there is still the line, then it is either a scanner dirty, probably inside glass, or a dafective sensor on CCD sensor array.
If there is no line, then the problem is usually depending on the software.
In that case uninstall the software and install it again.
If that is not enough to fix the problem, try uninstalling software, doing a system restore to a date before the problem started , and then installing software again.
If the line is horizontal , that is usually a loss of power on the high voltage to lamp. Try reinstalling software first, if that does not fix the problem , and line is horizontal, then it is fault mentioned above. Horizontal lines at the end of a document may also be caused by faulty scanner control board, or scanner going out of memory.
Unfortunately, as with the Z1420, fast print speeds come at the cost of print quality with the Z1300. Black text prints, though nicely dark, were beset by obvious jaggedness. The color graphics print had a slightly faded look to it and color blocks showed graininess and faint horizontal striations. Barcode-style patterns were muddled, too. For our tests, we printed color 4x6 photos with the standard black and tricolor cartridges, as Lexmark did not include photo ink tanks with the test unit. The colors were dull, details were hazy, and again, the entire print was marred by graininess and faint horizontal lines. That said, nobody buys a $25 printer to print photos for framing or to create displays for a classroom science project. A $25 printer is a convenience item for occasional reference prints, and as such, the Z1300 does its job.
the glossy paper you are using (hp) is smearing the ink... there is now ink on the feed rollers and you need to get in there and clean it all up with alcohol...also run epson matt paper for a few prints to get the color to lay down ..good luck
If you are running your copies through the document feeder then see if the line goes away if you make a copy directly from the glass. If the line goes away then open up the doc feeder assy. by hinging it to the left. Underneath you will find that there is a thin strip of glass that the document passes over when it is scanned. Clean this strip of glass and this should correct your problem. If there is a smudge of dirt or small line, it will come out as a solid verticle line when scanned.
Regardless of the camera make/model... dark, grainy photos are usually a result of a lighting problem. Looking at the specs for your camera, the flash is only speced for 4m. If you are shooting near or above this you might have trouble. I ended up using an external flash that is triggered by sensing the cameras flash. Pretty inexpensive and pics ar 10x better. Try a local camera shop or B&H Photo (NYC) is where I got mine set up on line.