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Freakels on Print

On the Dell 1600n recently, my prints and copies are coming out with freakels on the page. Ive tried giving it a quick clean on the maintainance option with no luck. Is a problem with the printer or the cartridge ? Any ideas

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  • Javeed Baig Aug 17, 2007

    I changed the cartridge and all is working fine. Many Thanks

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Poor print qaulity nine times out of ten usually means ink is coming out incorrectly or leaking where it shouldn't. Do you fill your own cartridges? I would try doing a manual clean with proper ce\leaning solution. Using cotton buds and solution, thoroughly clean deep inside printer carriages where ink goes in (cartridge). Also use a non scented baby wipe folded into a pad and wipe gold printhead (only the one that ink comes out of) and press a fresh one firmly on after this, check to see if ink leaves correct bright colours, in bold squares, and is not patchy or missing. replace cartridges and try again.

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Cartridge. As always with print quality problems....Cartridge first.

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