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I have a 2 month old alps MD5500 which has also had the printer que problem, but yesterday after printing a perfect set of decals the printer has decided to print 3/16" lines of colors (CMYK) in succession for whatever the image is supposed to be. That's it--no overlaying of colors, just line after line of 3/16" CMYK solid lines. I've experienced many problems with these printers, but this one has me baffled. Hope someone can help as this is a considerable part of my business.

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Have you cleaned the print head?

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