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The Print is faded in some places

We haven't used our printer for a number of months and now when we print plain black text the print quality is of very low quality every couple of lines.

Doesn't seem to be the same problem with colour.

Ink levels are fine.

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The cartridge nozle had dried out. You need to perform a noozle cleaning from the printer Properties and maintenance.

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