Canon Pixma MP600

I have a Canon printer (Pixma MP600) that delivers great results. However, I just printed out a photo and there are vertical streaks (each completely straight) spaced about 8mm apart. They aren't noticeable unless you tilt the photo into the light, but it is still bugging me. Does my machine need to be cleaned?.

What do I do?.

Thanks a bunch!..

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I have the same printer and the same problem. I have looked in the owners manual at the troubleshooting section in the back but it really isn't any help with this problem. When I am in the photo printing wizard in Windows XP, I go into properties and the effects tab and check all 3 boxes at the bottom of the page to see if that helps, still some minor streaks, more like smudges. I don't know if it is the photo paper I'm using, some off brand I found pretty cheap, and I really hate to go to the expense of buying more expensive paper if it is actually a printer problem..

If anybody has any advice or suggestions, I would appreciate it, too.KimKodak Z712ISFuji Finefix F700..

Comment #1

I have the MP600 as well but have not noticed the banding. Are you using glossy photo-quality paper? If not, try it. Glossy paper doesn't absorb ink in the same way..

It's also possible that some of the nozzles are clogged. Did you run the cleaning routine?.

I love this printer. Got it on sale for $150. The print quality is fabulous..


Comment #2

Yes, I only use Canon's Photo Paper Plus Glossy. I will try the cleaning routine. Thanks...

Comment #3

I am using glossy photo paper, but it is a 3rd party brand and gave pretty good result with my old Lexmark printer that died on me. I printed a test page and my nozzles aren't clogged so I don't know what it is. I will buy a small pack of Canon paper the next time I am out and see if that helps. I never would have thought the paper would make that much difference, but I guess I was wrong. First time for everything KimKodak Z712ISFuji Finefix F700..

Comment #4

I don't necessarily think the Canon-branded paper is required, just a good quality glossy paper. I'm using Kodak Premium Picture Paper, high gloss. Honestly, the printer doesn't know one brand from another. Just buy high quality paper..

I do use genuine Canon ink, however. I only buy reloaded ink for my cheapo ink-jet that I use for regular color text printing never for my MP600. I only use new Canon ink for the MP600..

Another thing worth mentioning: The Canon printer ink carts do not have integrated print heads. The ink must travel through a tube to reach the actual print head. Thus, changing ink carts does not give you a new print head, like it does on most HP printers. To help prevent ink from drying up in the feed line or clogging the head, it is recommended that you exercise the printer every few days. Printing a very small test patch (a square inch, or less) that exercises each color is sufficient..


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