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Some print lines fade out making a poor copy

I'm using a new recycled cartriges of ink and my print quality isn't good. I cleaned the cartrides but its still happening. Can you help?

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  • cosman May 11, 2010

    did you refill your self or not?

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If you are seeing lines it is the cartridge and it's bad.

Refilled cartridges usually only work about one time and then the cartridges run into problems. They either leak or the cause lines in the copies.

If you can return and get a non refilled one, that should work.

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

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1. Try to use glossy photo quality paper for photo print out. which is look good and not so expence of ink.
2 Use good quality glossy type normal paper for text print out. that can not **** much ink from the cartriges.
3. try to cover your printer always.
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