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Streaked printing I have a cannon MP390 (5 years old). When I print or copy, there are streaks of no print (horizontally) in random areas. I have changed out the cartridges with refurbished ones.

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Sounds like the print heads are dirty. There is a utility for cleaning and aligning the print heads in your print software. If you need a walkthrough on your particular software how to do that, I will have to do some more research.

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You will need a new printhead for your machine. Some nozzles plug and some burn out over time. Printhead is QY6-0054-000 around $40.00

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  1. Open the printer driver setup window
  2. Click Custom Settings on the Maintenance tabThe Custom Settings dialog box opens.
  3. Switch head alignment to manual
    Check the Align heads manually check box.
  4. Apply the settings
    Click OK and when the confirmation message appears, click OK.
  5. Click Print Head Alignment on the Maintenance tab
    The Start Print Head Alignment dialog box opens.
  6. Load paper in the machine
    Load three sheets of A4 size or Letter size plain paper into the front tray.
  7. Execute head alignment
    Make sure that the machine is on and click Align Print Head.
    Follow the instruction in the message.
  8. Check the printed pattern
    Enter the numbers of the patterns with the least amount of streaks in the associated boxes.
    Even if the patterns with the least amount of streaks are clicked in the preview window, their numbers are automatically entered in the associated boxes.
    print_pattern1.gif
    When you have entered all the necessary values, click OK.
    [img src="http://ugp01.c-ij.com/ij/webmanual/PrinterDriver/W/MX450%20series/1.0/EN/PPG/images/i_note.gif" alt="" >Note
    • If it is difficult to pick the best pattern, pick the setting that produces the least noticeable vertical streaks.
      vertical.gif(A) Least noticeable vertical streaks
      (B) Most noticeable vertical streaks
    • If it is difficult to pick the best pattern, pick the setting that produces the least noticeable horizontal streaks.
      horizontal_black.gif
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      (B) Most noticeable horizontal streaks
  9. Confirm the displayed message and click OK
    The second pattern is printed.
  10. Check the printed pattern
    Enter the numbers of the patterns with the least amount of streaks in the associated boxes.
    Even if the patterns with the least amount of streaks are clicked in the preview window, their numbers are automatically entered in the associated boxes.
    print_pattern2.gif
    When you have entered all the necessary values, click OK.
    [img src="http://ugp01.c-ij.com/ij/webmanual/PrinterDriver/W/MX450%20series/1.0/EN/PPG/images/i_note.gif" alt="" >Note
    • If it is difficult to pick the best pattern, pick the setting that produces the least noticeable vertical streaks.
      vertical.gif(A) Least noticeable vertical streaks
      (B) Most noticeable vertical streaks
  11. Confirm the displayed message and click OK
    The third pattern is printed.
  12. Check the printed pattern
    Enter the numbers of the patterns with the least noticeable horizontal stripes in the associated boxes.
    Even if the patterns with the least noticeable horizontal stripes are clicked in the preview window, their numbers are automatically entered in the associated boxes.
    print_pattern3.gif
    When you have entered all the necessary values, click OK.
    [img src="http://ugp01.c-ij.com/ij/webmanual/PrinterDriver/W/MX450%20series/1.0/EN/PPG/images/i_note.gif" alt="" >Note
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The instructions as copied from the Pixma 480 "onscreen manual." (Only the text -- not the images -- could be pasted into the solution. Hope you can follow the text.) Steve G.

Prepare 2 sheets of A4 or Letter-sized plain paper

1. Make sure that the power is turned on, and load 2 sheets of A4 or Letter-sized plain paper in the Rear Tray.

2. Open the Paper Output Tray gently, and open the Output Tray Extension.

3. Print the print head alignment pattern.
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4. Adjust the print head position.
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(B) Noticeable vertical white streaks
(C) Less noticeable horizontal white streaks
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