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Canon i960 Streaking

When I print my business cards using my i960 I'm getting faint black streaks through the middle of most cards. I'm using Avery 8871 Two-Side Printable White Matte Inkjet stock (which is fairly thick). The streaking is not excessive but enough to ruin the card. It does this on about half the ten cards per page. I like the machine but this is very annoying to say nothing of expensive in the consumables department. Is there an easy/inexpensive fix or am I better off getting a new machine?

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There is a setting in the print dialog that will put more space between the print head and your print media, but, like Epson, Canon has chosen to bury this setting in the maintenance tab of the printer properties menu.

To get there (in xp), you need to click start, printers (and faxes, I believe), look for the icon for your i960 printer, right click, then click properties. Across the top of the resulting dialog box are tabs. I don't have XP running so have to do this from memory, but there are tabs for page setup, print settings, etc. I believe the right most tab is for maintenance. Under maintenance, I believe there is a choice for options or custom options . . . something like that. Click there and look for a choice that offers to prevent paper abrasion. Click to put a dot in the selection button, click ok (or apply, whatever) and then back out of that dialog box.

If you have selected this option correctly, a dialog will pop up when you go to print advising you of this selection (apparently, to let you know that the print head will be pulled away from the media slightly . . . could result in slightly diffused resolution if you were printing on media of normal thickness, I suppose).

I actually discovered this feature because I went looking for it on my Epson RX595 while printing wedding invitations for my son's wedding. The invitation featured an embossed square on the front cover that was coming into contact with the RX595 print head causing ink smudges at various points on the invitation. I found an explanation as to how to locate this setting for the Epson printer, and, low and behold, found that the similar setting, though named differently ('avoid abrasion' or something equally obscure) was located in the same area of the Canon print dialog (Maintenance tab . . . go figure).

It definitely worked on both printers for me. In previous older printers, there used to be a lever on the print head carriage that could be adjusted to manually move the print head away from the print media - this 'soft' way to accomplish that simple task is progress, I guess.

Otherwise, I have to say that the i960 continues to be my absolute favorite printer of all time.


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It's possible there is a problem with the way the print driver interacts with the application from which you are printing. Try printing to a file, such as PDF or MS format, and then printing from a different application, such as Adobe Reader or MS Word.
Also, please check with Canon to see if this isn't a "known issue". They may already have issued an update to the driver software to resolve it.

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