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I think the printhead needs replacement

I think the head needs replacement because there is a lines missing when I print bar codes. The missing lines are consistent between labels coming off the row , ie the image is missing in the same place.
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It sounds as if the print head needs cleaning. Follow the instructions in section 10.1 of your manuaI If you don't have a manual you can get it here - http://www.toshibaprinters.com/technical_information/technical%20info.htm. If the cleaning doesn't work you will need to replace the head.

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