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Have not used printer for 2 months and when i print the print-out is unreadable, all scratchy and multi-coloured. I cannot find how to clean heads on this machine. If you guys can help me it will be most appreaciable.

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  • davegealy Aug 12, 2008

    I dont seem to see any solution to my problem. Can you please send me it again. The heads of my epson stylus D88 printer are blocked or are very sticky. Can you give me a clue/ideas of how i can find some kind of button on this machine to rectify my problem.



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