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My canon i860 is printing funny stripes on all colored docs

This just started happening recently. Any colored documents are printing out with 1/4" stripes that alternate light and dark where it is supposed to be printing solid colors.

I've run several deep cleaning commands and also cleaned the print heads manually.

Please help!

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  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2007


    We're having the exact same problem and have tried all the various cleaning and alignment options. No dice.

  • jmon Jan 06, 2008

    Same problem - horizontal stripes in color print. But only on one of my 2 laptops. . I think my problem is related to Mac update to OS 10.4.11 on the problem computer. (the other one still prints just fine on Mac OS 10.3.9, and the problem one worked until about the time I upgraded to 10.4.11 Anyone else have this?

    I have updated my driver, deleted older version software, switched from Appleworks to iWorks, and everything lse i can think of. I've taken it in to the Mac Genuis at the store twice (they're stumped too) I've archived and restored software twice.

  • ajar6698 Mar 23, 2008

    my canon printer has just recently started to print pictures with 1/4 inch

    stripes all the way down the picture, does not seem to happen on regular

    paper, only photo paper. Any suggestions?? I have tried cleaning the heads, checking the nozzles, changing my photo paper and re-doing the printing preferences

  • billys422 Aug 31, 2008

    Same problem as with the other correspondents. I print a fair bit of text, and each line of text is frequently bands of light text, dark text and missing text.

  • Anonymous Nov 13, 2008

    I have also been having problems since I updated my Mac to 10.4.11. I get a vertical stripe on the right side of every photo.

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008

    i have the same problem, went to canon buy a new one, everyting
    new, SAME problem, try different driver versions, now i have 2 mp510s no photos, my wife is the more disappointed because she
    really enjoy giving photos to friends, etc.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    There are alternate light and dark horzontal 1/2 inch bands across every copy.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    I've cleaned and deep cleaned the print head, aligned and adjusted print head.



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