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Poor print quality

My printer sat idle for several months. Now print is barely visible. Tried cleaning option and test page and have changed cartriges. Still cannot get good print.

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See my previous post about intensive head cleaning as I think this would help get your printer running again:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t138226-printer_not_printing

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

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