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Hp c3180 photo printing

I have tried printing several photos now and I have done numberous re alignments of the cartridges and I have done a cartridge clean up. The problem is that when the pictures print the quality is terrible and there are often lines down the photos. I have a photo of some dogs I am trying to print and it makes one of them look like a histogram and the picture does not look like that. Any help appreciated

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Use original inks. Try reinstalling the drivers. Should all that fail, you may need to get it serviced or replaced if under warranty.

Posted on May 11, 2008

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    Swilin Sampson May 31, 2008

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Replacing the print cartridgesgtabtop.gif
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  10. Press OK to continue.

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