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Print quality Epson C1100

When I print in colour, but not in black and white (or at least not so obviously), a vertical streak appears a couple of inches in from the right hand side of the page - always in the same position. I have followed all the various cleaning instructions in the users manual but this doesn't seem to make any difference. It doesn't matter for general printing however it means that photo printing quality is unacceptable. Help!

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It sounds as though a cartridge is faulty. To determine which one, the easiest way is to run a page of text/block of colour through in yellow then cyan then magenta. which ever page comes out with the streaks on it will tell you which cartyridge to ditch and replace. Hope this helps Cops [email protected]

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