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How do I get rid of black smudges and smears when printing. Have cleaned ink nozzles, cartridges and the problem seems to worsen

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A printer will smudge ink when the printer heads are dirty. To resolve this, you need to take out the printer cartridges and clean off the dirt by rubbing alcohol on the printer head using a Q-tip.

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Check under the cartridge holder. Sometimes fluff causes a ink buildup ink catridge and the cartridge holder. Clean under the cartridges and the cartridge holder

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