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Color printing became faint and streaky so I replaced both the black and the color cartridges. That fixed the problem, but it recurred after only a few dozen pages. So I replaced the color cartridge again, and this time, it didn't even solve the problem temporarily. Thanks for your help

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You didn't include make and model of your printer so we can only guess. My guess is that you don't use the printer daily or for many documents and the printhead is clogged with dried ink.
I finally got tired of cleaning printheads so often and went with a color laser printer; it costs more to run but it at least prints when told.

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