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Streaks in darker colors HELP.....

We have tried everything and can't get it figured out. Much worse when printing to transfers. We have ruined ~$30 worth of paper and a ton of ink.

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This can be caused by an incorrect paper type set for the printer. Go into the printer menu and select "Quality & Media" change the setting to the correct type of paper you are using. If this is not the issue you could use the maintenance menu for the printer e.g. clean the printer nozzles, paper alignment etc, Also see if there are driver or software updates from Canon's website for your printer.

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