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There is a white vertical streak on pages I print.

I have a Canon MP530. There is a white vertical streak on pages I print. The streak also shows on the test pattern, and the test page is misaligned. Do I need a new print head.

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  • cynnes Jun 25, 2009

    Tried it--didn't work.

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You can pull out each cartridge and shake it gently to redistribute the toner. Try a half page test to eliminate the various stages of the image formation. The timing on this is not easy but through trial and error it can be helpful.

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Aligning the Print Head Position Print head alignment corrects the installation positions of the print head and improves deviated colors and lines. The procedure for performing print head alignment is as follows:

alignike.gif Print Head Alignment

  1. Open the printer driver setup window
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    • In Windows XP, select the Start menu -> Control Panel -> Printers and Other Hardware -> Printers and Faxes.

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  7. Load three sheets of A4 size or Letter size plain paper into the rear tray (3).

    t_10410ce_mx34014.jpg

  8. Execute head alignment Make sure that the machine is on and click Align Print Head.
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  9. Check the printed pattern
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    print_pattern1.gif

  10. When you have entered all the necessary values, click OK.

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      (B) More noticeable vertical white streaks

    • If it is difficult to pick the best pattern, pick the setting that produces the least noticeable horizontal white streaks.

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  11. Confirm the displayed message and click OK.
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  12. Check the printed pattern
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  13. When you have entered all the necessary values, click OK.

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      vertical_ab.gif
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  14. Confirm the displayed message and click OK.
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  15. Check the printed pattern
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    print_pattern3.gif

  16. When you have entered all the necessary values, click OK.

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  2. Load two sheets of Letter-sized plain paper in the auto sheet feeder or cassette.

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  5. Check the printed patterns and use the left or right arrow to input the number of the pattern in column A that has the least noticeable streaks.

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  6. Press <OK> to move the cursor to column B, and then use the left or right arrow to input the number of the pattern that has the least noticeable streaks.

  7. Repeat the procedure until you finish inputting the pattern number for column P.

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  8. When you have finished inputting all pattern numbers, press <OK>.

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    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible vertical streak

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  6. Press <OK> to move the cursor to column B, and then use the left or right arrow to input the number of the pattern that has the least noticeable streaks.

  7. Repeat the procedure until you finish inputting the pattern number for column P.

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  8. When you have finished inputting all pattern numbers, press <OK>.

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    <1> Example of the pattern with the fewest visible vertical streak

    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible vertical streak

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    <1> Example of the pattern with the fewest visible horizontal streak

    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible horizontal streak

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  1. Press <ON/OFF> to turn on the machine.

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  3. Press the Open button to open the Paper Output Tray. Then open up and set the extension by pressing down the hollow on the front side.

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  5. Check the printed patterns and use the left or right arrow to input the number of the pattern in column A that has the least noticeable streaks.

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  6. Press <OK> to move the cursor to column B, and then use the left or right arrow to input the number of the pattern that has the least noticeable streaks.

  7. Repeat the procedure until you finish inputting the pattern number for column P.

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  8. When you have finished inputting all pattern numbers, press <OK>.

    Note: For columns A through N select the patterns with the least visible vertical streaks. For columns O and P select the patterns with the fewest visible horizontal streaks.

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    <1> Example of the pattern with the fewest visible vertical streak

    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible vertical streak

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    <1> Example of the pattern with the fewest visible horizontal streak

    <2> Example of the pattern with the most visible horizontal streak

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