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I used to clean the printer heads all the time but now they're dirty ( lines randomly all over my page) because I just put in new ink but I can't see to find where to do this in the new Windows 7 I've just installed....

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  • sandstars200 Feb 06, 2010

    There used to be a way to make the PRINTER do the cleaning for me and it worked beautifully....



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Thanks for using FixYa. To clean the print head take a hot water towel with the printer unplugged and the cartridges out, clean it till the time you see there is no ink residue on the towel. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


Posted on Feb 06, 2010

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    Rylee Smith Feb 06, 2010

    This is another way to clean the print head, please try this out its a simple way to do cleaning of your printer. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.




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