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"Banding" on Prints

Like DirtDoctor who stated: "I am having a problem with banding on prints from i9900 even after much cleaning and alignment attempts. It seems to get worse further into printing. I have tried various maintenance to no avail. Is this a printer head issue?" -- I am experienceing the same problem, PLUS: Black ink smudges happening on prints. Had great prints up until recently, when the bands started appearing.

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  • kinMT May 10, 2008

    I have the same problem on a i9100 model and I have tried the same solutions. I am trying the manual head cleaning now, hoping that plain rubbing alcohol is the appropriate solution. I was wondering if using 6 mo. old off brand ink would cause it?

  • RDEXPRSS Jun 25, 2008

    Cleaned the heads and it worked for one page and then it's back doing it again. I cleaned again and ran a Print Head Check and the Cyan is still banding...  I've deep cleaned twice and it still doesn't work.

  • daddywx May 11, 2010

    I'm thinking I'm having the same problem. The printer has worked wonderfully for several years. I printed out a 13X19 scenic shot and noticed a lighter band in the blue sky on the last part of the print. When I looked closer the blue on the whole sky is not solid. It looks like there are very light streaks of white left with every pass that the print head makes. Any idea's or feed back would be appreciated. I noticed one answer that said to clean the print head. What is the "proper cleaning solution?"

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Do a thorough manual cleaning of printerheads (where the cartridges sit). Many printers are notorious for clogged nozzles and the ink dries on he prinheads until it becomes a bandind issue or ladders appear, smudges too. Use a proper cleaning solution and cotton buds, until most colour is gone off cotton buds. Reinsert cartridges and try again.

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