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Why is my printer printing horizontal black lines?

Last Updated: 27th May, 2020

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Black lines on copies and prints meansthere is an issue with the drum. A drum is like a camera, aphotoconductor; it's what takes the picture. The drumis also delicate, so if it gets disrupted there will be defects onevery print or copy you make.

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Also question is, why is my printer printing a black line?

If the quality issue persists than you may need to try anew genuine HP cartridge to verify if this issue is being caused bya defective magenta cartridge or the printer. Theblack dots that you're seeing are often caused by a paperpath roller being dirty or a fuser issue on yourprinter.

why is my printer printing with streaks? Cartridge Issues Sometimes an inkjet printer's cartridges willcause streaks. This happens when the cartridge nozzlesbecome clogged and distribute an uneven amount of ink onto thepage. If your printer uses cartridges that have theprinter "heads" built into them, those could be dirty andneed cleaning.

what causes horizontal lines when printing?

Usually, these problems manifest themselves in the formof horizontal white lines running through each lineof print. These white lines are caused byclogged nozzles that aren't dispensing ink. In such cases, you cansometimes fix the problem by using a cotton swab to rub alcohol onthe surface of the print head.

How do you clean a laser printer drum?

Wipe down the exterior of the drum to removeloose toner. Moisten a cotton ball with 99 percent pure isopropylalcohol, and then use it to clean off any patches of tonerthat have adhered to the drum. Clean off the printrollers with a toner cloth or lint-free cloth.

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