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Stripes on printout MD5000P

Is there anything I can do to adjust lighter stripes that happen on each pass of the printing process?

The stripes do not happen at the same exact place for each pass.

If you have a suggestion please pass it on to me.


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Re: Stripes on printout MD5000P

This happens alot, iteithermeans your inks running low, your inks too new, or its a low quality printer.
My suggestion would be to check your ink level, and if its fine, print out a few pages, then see if it helps.

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You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser.
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