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Blue Streaks Whenever I print my pictures in Glossy paper I get a blue streaks.

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    Hello every time I print to the copier there is a blue line on the edge of the paper

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Try removing the printhead (cartridges first, careful where you put them, they'll make a mess) then clean the print surface with a window cleaner and cotton swabs.
There may just be deposits on the surface and this is not far from the paper surface.

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