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When i try to print in color =, the ink is very streaky. when i check the ink cartridges, it says that they are all full. how do i fix this?

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  • Julie Endres Apr 03, 2011

    When you say streaky, do you mean the ink is smudging?



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The problem is printer cartridge nozzles. You can clean them automatically by looking up in the printer menu for cleaning options or manually by taking out the cartridges and gently swiping bottom part of the cartridge with cleenex.

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    I finally got tired of cleaning printheads so often and went with a color laser printer; it costs more to run but it at least prints when told.

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    At most cases of printer, especially which have done refill at cartridge, print quality is poor or streaky. Many factors influencing this printed result. To overcome print quality is poor, maybe following tips can usefull to prevent printed pages are missing lines or streaky.

    First step is ordinary to be done many people when print quality is streaky that is doing cleaning. To get good printed result, sometime this facility is used more than once.
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    For printer have refilled, sometime the quality of printing is also influenced by ink. If will fill your printer again, use ink which the was quality of nicely. I have tested some refill inks at cartridge which have been ascertained still nicely ( sorry: I do not want to publicize result of this attempt). In the reality result make me surprise, there ink of refill making the printed quality is crummy. To choose ink refill read following tips :
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    • Don’t fear to try some inking merks. Done this, you’d find refill ink fitt with your printer. I now only using one merk of refill ink ?.
    • This suggestion of forum, but I still not yet proved. May believe or not. Good ink aroma of soft usually.
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    This is last choice. A lot not like to do this ways, because price of original cartridge still costly. Alternative, you can use compatible cartridge which the was price of cheaper than original cartridge. At newest printer, usually there are two until four cartridge in one printer. And price four same cartridge almost at the price of printer even there are some costlier.

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