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    05-03-2009, 06:21 PM
new printer or repair suggestions please!!

I went to print today and the initial pages were fine. Then the pages were very faint and blurry. No lights are blinking ,such as low ink, but I thought I would try and change the black ink anyway. When I hold down the "cleaning button" to get the print head to move left it will only move an inch and then makes a funny noise and goes back to the right. I am guessing I need a new printer. Probably not worth a repair. Any suggestions? There are so many to choose from!! I already have a photo printer so do not need that. Mostly I use this for professional looking documents and paychecks. So it needs to be good print quality and have straight lines. Sometimes my, now broken Epson, would print wavy lines. Even when the darn thing was new.
I did try cleaning the print head too, and the test paper printed only color lines. So something is wrong with the black ink.
I am cranky because I need work documents tomorrow a.m. Sigh
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    05-03-2009, 08:52 PM
Green Broke
I don't like inkjet printers for good documents. Laserjet all the way, but it does cost $money$. I would steer away from HP -- lots of install issues. I have always had good luck with Epson and Lexmark.
    05-03-2009, 09:52 PM
Okay, I am taking notes to go look for one tomorrow. I will see how much laserjets are, at least it is tax deductable. You are right, my photo printer is HP and I do not like it, an aggravation all the way.
    05-04-2009, 07:01 AM
Hmm I am not sure what could go wrong after reading the first comments. You mentioned when you printed the paper, it came out faded (color or black??) Did you move your hand over to the ink and checked if its still wetish?

If the printer printed a document with faded almost look like lightest greyish that means you need to change the printer cartridge.

You didn't mention which printer you have, I mean Epson?? (model serial number etc?).

If you are planning to buy a new printer, why not try brother? Most offices in companies use brother printer. Additionally, HP are good printers, specially for long term (the driver issues are due to of its lengthy installation process which can be avoided by just extracting driver file from the CD).

If you are looking for laser then either Brother, HP or Xerox to consider.

    05-04-2009, 10:25 AM
It is an Epson Stylus 880. I tried to print another page and it was totally blank. The light is not blinking saying I need new black ink, I was trying to just print black, but I attempted to change the black ink anyway. I cannot get the print head to move all the way to the left like I am supposed to do to change the ink. It moves a little way and then goes all the way back to the right.
My daughter wants a better printer anyway because when she prints reports or essays sometimes the lines are wavy. Soon she will be sending things for scholarships etc. and the nicer they look, I figure, the better her chances are. The printer will need color for borders and sometimes I have to put small photos on pages for our business.
Our ink recycling store sells HP 02 cartridge ink jet printers for $199.00. They said ink jet looks nicer and laser is for lots of printing and the 02 has alot of ink in the cartridges for a reasonable price. Do you agree? Thank you so much for sharing your expertise. Once I buy a printer we will have it for awhile so I do not want to get the wrong one!
    05-04-2009, 11:51 AM
Green Broke
If you are going for colour, then laser will be very expensive. I thought you just wanted B&W. Keep in mind that if you don't do alot of colour printing, the jets may clog up on you when the ink dries from lack of use. Never had much success with inkjets that sit for a while.
    05-04-2009, 12:20 PM
Too many choices. Costco is telling me their new Cannon PIXMA mx860 is an ink jet but newer technology and rarely plugs up even with little use. The DP ratio is 9600, smudge resistant ink. At least you guys are giving me ideas for questions to ask. I have managed to put off printing until tomorrow to give me some time to decide. That computer is $159.99. What do you think? No?
    05-04-2009, 01:35 PM
Okay, I think I am going to go with the HP photosmart. It has thermal ink jet so should not clog up the same, hopefully. Good quality I guess. I do not really need the photo part but it might be good for reports I suppose. If anyone thinks that sounds like a bad idea please let me know. Thanks
    05-05-2009, 03:19 AM
Morning Juniper, Why not try reading some reviews of the printer you are deciding to buy?

There are websites which shows customer reviews about a certain product and there are websites which test products.

Here is one website:

TrustedReviews - The UKs premier source of Technology News and Reviews

Here is an online store website however it does include customer reviews

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What model number are you looking for HP?

    05-05-2009, 11:31 AM
Hi, I got the HP photosmart. It was there at the store at a price I could afford. I wish I had more time to research but I had so much I needed to print by last night! If the printer would have died say tomorrow :) I could have gone about this more sanely. At least with all of your input I did make a somewhat informed decision. So thanks much for answering my query!!! It was not much of a problem installing and the documents look good. I did put it to "fast print" or something in the settings so it will not use so much ink on my run of the mill stuff.

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