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Poor printing quality on text

When printing text, often the print will be missing many lines of words horizontally. That is to say the entire sentences across the page will not be printed...and this happens many times on the same page, but not every line will be missing. If I print out a page of single-spaced text, top-to-bottom, about 50 percent of the print will not be there...some of the lines will have partial characters and some only very little portions of the letters showing. I have done everything that the troubleshooting procedures suggested including changing all print cartridges, cleaning and downloading new drivers. When printing out the "cleaning page", all print is perfect, top to bottom. Both pages of the testing are complete and accurate. In addition, I came across a website that suggested shaking the entire printer and I also tried that with no good results. Printer continues to print unclear and missing horizontal lines.

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So, what sort of text is it you are attempting to print? what program is in use?





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