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My Sony UP895-MD is producing lines on my photos is this a scratched thermal head and what causes it?

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Approx .5 mm missout line every 9mm when doing any solid colour


Try cleaning the printhead as described in the user guide. Sometimes dirt can cause the line. If that does not work, you might have a bad element on the print head with is bad and cannot be repaired.

Dec 26, 2010 | Alps MD 1000 Thermal Printer

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Prints have a thin white line across all the images printed. Everything else works and prints are ok outside of the thin white line running horizontal across the 5x7 prints.


  • Thermal head — generates heat; prints on paper
  • Platen — a rubber roller that feeds paper
  • Spring — applies pressure to the thermal head, causing it to contact the thermo-sensitive paper
  • Controller boards — for controlling the mechanism
I think that you may need to replace your thermal head, A line means there is a place that the head can not head or it cannot recieve data
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWs74J7EfjM
How to matinence it and clean the head

Oct 21, 2009 | Sony UP DR100 Thermal Photo Printer

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UPDR 150 printing lines on bottom of photo....head is cleaned..


what color are the lines? If they are white... the head is shot.

Jul 24, 2009 | Sony UP DR100 Thermal Photo Printer

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Lines in the printing


Join the Yahoo Group for Alps printers. There is a lot of information there. Have you cleaned the print head? Refer to the Users Guide for how to do it. Lines in the printer output can indicate a bad printer head.

Mar 11, 2009 | Alps MD 1000 Thermal Printer

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Scratch on print


Sounds like dust within the front compartment. Remove the ribbon AND the paper roll. Give the unit a blow out with compressed air. Also wipe the print head with an alchol wipe.


Jun 02, 2008 | Sony UPDR150 Thermal Photo Printer

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Scratched on Prints


Hi, sounds like the print head / looks like a scratch but is one point on the print head that is not firing propperly

May 15, 2008 | Sony UPDR150 Thermal Photo Printer

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Lines through my md 1300 alps printer


It sounds like the head has been damaged. Unfortunately, there is no fix for this, as Alps stopped production of these printers years ago, and now do not offer repairs for these printers.

If you still want a dye-sub capable Alps printer, the only model available is the MD-5500, which you can find here: http://www.alps-supplies.com

Feb 15, 2008 | Alps MD 1300 Thermal Printer

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Printing problem


you may have a faulty Thermal element, sounds like a cold spot in the middle of the print head is messing up your photo. If this is in warranty or is new get them to replace it

Aug 22, 2007 | Sony DPP-FP50 Thermal Photo Printer

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