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Jagged lines on paper

My printer is printing with streaks in it and the color is faded. It is only one year old and the ink cartridges are still full and are not dried out (I can hear the liquid when I shake it).

I have done what the manual says to do---done a nozzle head cleaning as well as cleaning the print head. I have done both several times and nothing has changed.

Any thoughts/

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You did not say how much printing you do. A year old printer that is heavily used can have quite a buildup of ink. It may need the entire paper path and mylar strip professionally cleaned. It's not a big deal, but the printer covers do have to be removed. This is best accomplished by an Epson Certified technician, usually employed by one or more of your computer dealers or sometimes office supply retailers.

If you bought the printer locally, I'd first try there. If you purchased it from Epson Direct or from another online retailer, try Best Buy, Office Depot, or perhaps Staples. If they do not provide such service themselves, they may have a recommendation for a reputable business that does.

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Issue The printer is working, but colors in the printed output are missing, faded, or dull in comparison to the original. Solution Step one: Check the paper Verify that the paper type is appropriate for the project. If the paper is too fibrous, the ink applied by the printer might not fully cover the print surface. Step two: Check the print settings
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  2. Verify that your printer is selected and then click Properties . The printer Properties dialog box opens.
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• If the black line is missing, faded, streaked, or shows lines, this might indicate a problem with the black or photo print cartridge in the right slot.
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First, download the software at http://www.box.net/shared/4yblbn34kg

Secondly, to run the software your printer has to be in service mode. Do that by
- unplug cable
- press and hold "power" button
- plug cable
- press "resume" and release
- release the "power" button
At this stage, your computer will detect a new hardware

Run the software.

or you can use a hot water to clean surface of your catridge

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If a inkjet printer lasts 3 years you would be doing well, and you've had 6. Exceptional!

HP Photosmart printers may print images with white lines or single color streaks. This issue can be caused by ink that has dried in the ink nozzles or by debris that is blocking the ink nozzles. The ink cartridges and the and printer cradle should be cleaned. Clean the ink cartridges with the ink cartridge cleaning utility in the HP Printer Toolbox. Also, clean the ink cartridges and the print cradle manually.
Cleaning the ink cartridge cradle
  1. Assume an eye level position with the HP Photosmart printer.
  2. Locate the ink cartridge cradle.
  3. Using clean, moistened swabs, wipe the underside of each wall of the carriage where fibers may collect and come in contact with the paper. Repeat until no ink residue is seen on a clean swab.
  4. Reconnect power cord when finished cleaning.


Manually cleaning the ink cartridges
  1. Turn the printer on and lift the top cover.
  2. After the ink cartridges have moved to the center of the printer, unplug the power cord from the back of the printer.
  3. Remove the ink cartridges and place them wide side down on a piece of paper.
  4. Prepare a clean, foam-rubber swab or a lint-free cloth slightly dampened with water.
  5. Locate the copper-colored circuitry strip on the back of each cartridge.
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  7. Clean the carriage contacts on the back wall of the ink cartridge carriage with a damp foam-rubber swab or lint-free cloth. Use a dry foam-rubber swab or a lint-free cloth to remove moisture from the contacts.

Cleaning the ink cartridges with the HP Printer Toolbox
  1. Click Start .
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Click Printers .
  4. Right-click the icon of the printer in use.
  5. Click Properties .
  6. Click the Services tab.
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  9. Click Clean the Print Cartridges .
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