What should I do if my printout has lines running through it?
Try the following:
- Print a nozzle check pattern. If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, clean the print head.
- Try aligning the print head.
- If the paper you're using has a printable side (check your paper packaging for details), make sure the printable side is loaded face down. The printable side is usually brighter or whiter.
- Epson inks, specialty papers, and printers are designed to work together. For the best results, use genuine Epson ink and paper.
- Make sure the product is on a flat, stable surface that extends beyond the base in all directions. If the product is not on a level surface, the print head may not move back and forth properly which could cause banding in your printouts.
Make sure the following settings are set correctly in the Windows, Mac OS X 10.5/10.6, or Mac OS X 10.4 printer driver:
- Quality Option or Print Quality: Try selecting a higher Quality Option or Print Quality setting (do not select Draft, Economy, or Fast Economy when printing photos).
- Type or Media Type: Select a Type or Media Type setting that matches the paper you loaded.
High Speed (Windows only): Try turning this setting off if you see vertical misalignment or banding (lines) in your printouts.
This setting controls whether the print head prints in both directions (bi-directional) or in one direction (uni-directional)—from right to left. Turning this setting off to print in one direction decreases print speed but may improve print quality.
Published: January 7, 2011
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