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Unfortunately if you don't use a ink jet on a regular basis the ink dries up in the print head and in most cases will not work again even if you soak the head in alcohol overnight. I have found that Lexmarks are the biggest printers with this problem. Note: a replacement head will likely cost more than a new printer so this time get a HP printer mainly because when you change the ink cartridge you are also changing the print jets, the ink is a bit more money but in your usage of printers it may be your best bet.
(1) Most photopaper is made to be printed on one side only. Check to see that you are printing on the correct side.
(2) You mention new cartridges. Are they the same brand as cartridges you've used before? If they're a different brand, you may want to try whatever worked before.
Hi, like every ink jet printer, there should be an ink pad(spunch) at the bottom of the printer to collect the waste. That spunch might be full of ink. You could locate it, remove and try to clean it under the water. See if it works
Note: Ifthe printed result does not improve even after doing print head deepcleaning, turn off the printer. Then, after 24 hours or later, do printhead deep cleaning again. (After a given time interval, ink coulddissolve itself, resulting in ink unclogging.
By smudging do you mean the print is actually rubbing off?
I am going to assume you are seeing some reprint on all printed pages.
If I am understanding correctly, what you have is a bad fuser, most likely a bad heat roller.
That is the heated area just before the pages exit the machine.
The coating on those rolls wear out with time, or may even debond from the aluminum. The ink does not then properly melt into the paper, sticks to the roller and progressively becomes worse.
Replacement of the fuser should resolve that issue. That's simply a normal wear item.