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Canon S900 Now prints murky and dull

My Canon S900 has been printing great until recently. Both color and black and white prints appear dull and color is washed out. B & W is murky and does not "pop" anymore. Have tried numerous color settings in PhotoShop, but this time I cannot adjust. Would it be the print head?

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Printing is Blurred/Colors are Wrong
? If a specific color does not print, check whether the corresponding ink tank is
empty. Replace if necessary.
? Print the nozzle check pattern to ensure that ink is ejected correctly.
If the nozzle check pattern does not print correctly, clean the printhead.
? Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern
? Printhead Cleaning
If the problem is not resolved after cleaning the printhead several times, the printhead
may be worn out. Contact the Customer Care Center.
Note ? Always ensure that you dispose of the protective cap and protective tape
from a printhead.
? Ensure that you are printing on the correct side of the media.
You can only print on one side of certain media.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010

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