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Experience:  11+ yrs experience, inkjets & lasers, from huge to portable
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MY PRINTER IS SQUEEZING THE LINE TOGETHER AND YOU CAN NOT

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HELLO,MY PRINTER IS SQUEEZING THE LINE TOGETHER AND YOU CAN NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS PRINTING.CAN YOU HELP ME.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today. My livelihood depends on your positive feedback, so your satisfaction is my highest priority.

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble, Lois.

If you make a photocopy, direct from the glass, how do those come out? (test both black and color)

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
BLURRED
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
UNABLE TO READ ,WHAT IS PRINTED.
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for confirming.

These symptoms point to either a clogged/contaminated print head, or a faulty print head (or the logic board that controls it).

You can try going into the setup/maintenance menu on the machine and running the “clean print head” function repeatedly, up to 5 times total, testing after each.

If it still doesn’t print anything, you’ll need to do a manual cleaning as a next step.

I have to caution you up front though that the manual cleaning process is messy and time consuming. It also has a low chance of success, if you see no improvement at all from the automated cleaning. It is most likely a hardware failure (bad head) which the cleaning can’t fix, as printheads are a wear item and do fail with time/use.

Realistically, it’s probably time for a new printer. As this is a 2012 model printer, it is well past its 3 year service life, so this type of failure is not surprising. While it can be fixed, it is not worthwhile to do so. You would have to, at a minimum, replace the printhead, which costs about $150; if the logic board is bad you’re looking at $200-250. For $80-100 you can replace the entire machine with a brand new model, with current technology and a fresh warranty, which makes more sense than buying the new part for an older printer.

That said, it doesn’t hurt to try, if you wish. Let me know how the built in cleaning function works, and I’ll guide you through the manual steps next, or I can recommend replacement options if you prefer.

Best regards, ***** ***** for the news,

Nathan

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
CANCELL THE REQUEST, I WILL JUST BUY A NEW PRINTER.
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

I can cancel the call request, but not the initial question where I've provided the answer/explanation above for you.

If looking for a replacement, I’d still recommend any of the Epson workforce series printers or a Brother all in one. They tend to be very reliable, are easy to set up and use, have good print quality, and reasonably priced ink. Example: http://amzn.to/1F4fCYC or http://amzn.to/1NYUF1P

Note that these, like all consumer grade inkjet printers, are designed to be low cost and are essentially disposable after a few years, subsidized by the high cost of ink cartridges. If you wish to have a better quality and longer lasting printer, that comes with years worth of ink up front, consider the Epson ecotank models instead: http://amzn.to/1PpOj0C

Alternately, for a more business/commercial grade product that will be rated for a 5 year life, consider a laser printer. Lasers cost more up front also, but a toner cartridge can last for thousands of pages. A black only all in one laser is around $125: http://amzn.to/1JSHOlQ

while a color model is about twice that: http://amzn.to/1n4I7Q5

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Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting JustAnswer.com. My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

If I understand you correctly, your printer's lines of printed text are squeezed together, and also blurred, and unreadable.

Are you by any chance using a refilled cartridge set, or remanufactured cartridges, or 'Canon compatible' cartridges? they can often contribute to poor printing results.

Also, if the lines of print are squeezed together vertically, that can mean that a paper feeding roller, somewhere in the paper path, is not propelling the paper adequately, so being moved along less, the vertical squeezing happens... does that sound likely? if so, the following may help:

If the problem might possibly be owing to aging roller surfaces (for paper is fed into faxes and printers with rubber or plastic cylindrical rollers, that propel the sheet into or through the machine)... then you might need to clean the rollers in the problem area where feeding is not happening.

Remove all paper from the machine, unplug it, and open it so as to have access to the rollers in the problem area where feeding is not being done properly.

Take a clean high-quality lint-free rag cloth, moisten it with rubbing alcohol, and rub the rollers firmly all over their paper-contacting surfaces, three times over.

(If the rollers are hard to reach, there is another way to clean them... let me know if that is the case, and I will detail how to do the cleaning.)

Allow 5+ minutes for drying-off, then reload the paper, close up the machine where you opened it up, and then try again.