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The print quality my 5300 is inconsistent. It varies from black to faded and blurred gray. I have changed both the black and color cartridges. On the menu, I have selected "clean and deep clean" the print head as well as "calibrating" the print head. So far nothing has fixed this problem. A few months ago, I was sent a new print head from your tech center. Please help.

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  • glenandlucre Jan 22, 2009

    Yes, they are. How do I get this one replaced? Since they are defective is there a warranty or must I purchase it myself?

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Need another printhead, they are defective.

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