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My Canon i960 printer is printing red streaks on the pages

Ok here is exactly what my printer is doing....My Canon i960 was doing it's usual wonderful job last week when all of a sudden I started getting broad red streaks all over the page. It looked like magenta so I ran a cleaning operation and then a test pattern and I also changed the Magenta cart. The test pattern for that color didn't print out but when I tried another photo print, I still had a lot of red ink smeared over the page. My next step was to go to the maintenance box on the i96 software, and I followed all the suggestions. I checked my paper preference, did a deep cleaning and today changed the distance from the printer head to the page with a slide bar. That seemed to help but still got a little red smearing on the leading edge of the print. Today the test pattern is looking better( not perfect) but one thing I notice, that I can't account for,is that It seems to print without smearing when the printer is set for bright white paper. It has no red streaking at all but it has some vertical lines on the photo. However...When I reset for the glossy photo paper which is what we normally use for photo's we are still getting some red streaking on just the leading edge of the page. Any input that might throw light on why this is happening and how to fix it would be much appreciated. By the way I love this older Canon printer because it has 6 individual ink cartridges so you can change just one color at a time. With my old HP printer that has a 3 color, one Cartridge combo set up when you run out of one color that's all she wrote for that cart. ok Thanks in advance, I will also try hard to be helpful if I see anything I can help with on this site... Regards...New Member.jgmmcm11

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  • John Molloy Jan 11, 2008

    Yes, that sounds exactly like my problem with my I960 which as you stated is a fine printer for my purposes. Some pages were awash in red printer ink and nothing seems to help. I have researched this and looked at the head and the dump tanks etc but I finally stored my i960 and bought a Pixima 6000d which is also not made anymore. I found one on Amazon and it has been very good. The really important thing for me is that it uses the same carts and I have a ton stored ahead. Well 50 or so anyway! I get them for $1.20 each so I didn't want to go out and buy a new machine with the dam chips they put in them in 11 dollar carts. When will they get smart and make printing more affordable? I think Kodak is finally doing this. We print a lot and I can not afford the expensive small carts they push.My plan is to one fine day haul out the old printer and experiment to see if there is anything I can do to breath new life into it. At the very least, I will learn a few things. Regards and let me know if anyone has a working I960 for sale...John

  • AJKR Mar 19, 2008

    My printer was working well. Suddenly it started printing the whole photo as redish in color. I changed the magenta and photo magenta cartridges, cleaned the heads, deep cleaned the heads and I still have the problem. The alignment seems fine. Do the heads need replacement? Do I need an updated driver? I just updated the driver two to three months ago.



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It's possible that the heads need to be replaced. That's one disadvantage to the printers that don't have the heads contained within the cartridge.

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  • marcus Nov 19, 2013

    I had some digital photos printed at the Walgreens drug store, and one of my shots has a red streak. Also, I noticed my company ID card for work has a small red streak. Im talnking about thin red streaks similar to a red laser pointer. I dont know if its the same problem as what is being discussed here. It could be some kind of timing irregularity with professional printing equipment, whereby a red light is being exposed onto the paper or laminated card being printed.



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