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I am getting a big line of ink directly down the center of the back of each page. I have followed the directions to clean the bottom print plate, but the problem persists. I have the MP530 all-in-one which is just a little over a year old. I am wasting a lot of paper and trying to print invitations--so especially frustrating. Thank you in advance! Mrs. Wilson

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Hello Mrs Wilson (Canonmother),

With the indulgence of IB4G2008 and sweet_rascal...

I would suspect that the ink waste pad is overfilled with residual ink. The ink waste pad is the cotton looking pad underneath the print heads when they are at rest. They are meant to absorb any leftover ink from the heads when they park. In some instances, instead of absorbing the excess ink from the head, they cause smudge ink to smear on the underside of the head. When the head traverse towards the left before the paper loads or prints, the smear/smudge transfers to the "bottom print plate" and eventually transfers to the back of the paper (not on the printed side).

Solutions would be to replace said pad. Normally most printers have a warning of some sort when the waste pad ink is full, but it would seem that for unknown reasons, your MP530 would not. (I am venturing that you probably have been printing a lot of heavy color lately and it simply drip out to the pad. Are you using original ink or were they refilled pls?

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008

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    Louie Role Mar 20, 2008

    Glad to be of assistance and appreciate the rating too.

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Hello sir

i think there is some problem with the part of your printer that sprays ink from the cartridges..

this will probably need a service or else even may need a replacement i think

thank you sir

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Ok..that's an issue for sure..click on this link, and I'll 'visit' your computer today

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    thanks for the vote of confidence..send me a note via my profile contact information, and let's see what we can do here

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 12, 2008

    well..seems that you are fishing around again..this will not get any better you know..

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    i see you rescinded the honorarium. that's your province, of course...but be aware that each dance requires two partners..good luck and thankya for using fixya

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