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How do i tell if i just need new ink cartridges or there is a problem with the printer. Printer hasn't been used in a few months and printing is stripey and faded.

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If you take out the inks and blot them a few times on a damp paper towel, folded so ink doesn't get on your table, it should clean the ink nozzles. Chances are that if that doesn't work, you only need new inks, printer sounds fine.

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