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    I have a Canon PIXMA MP150 that's hooked up to a Dell Optiplex GX110 computer. I'm running Windows 2000. Now, sometimes, the printer will print a document and it will be nice and neat, but sometimes it will make a line or two blurry. It usually seems to be certain documents that it likes to screw up. For instance, it just loves to make a line wavy on my resume. And the weird thing, is, it always seems to be the same line. It's still legible, but I hope potential employers don't think less of me due to a line being a little wavy. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

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    Re: Printer prints blurry

    Do you use the right drivers? Are there any newer ones?
    Can you acknowledge that the anomaly happens with specific/same documents all the time?
    Can you scan such a document and post it here?

    Sorin Solomon


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    • #3
      Re: Printer prints blurry

      Your monitor is dirty, that's why the printouts come out that way. Get a good monitor cleaner and wipe it down.

      LOL. Just kidding. It sounds like the toner or ink cartridge or the fuser assembly is causing the problem. It could also be something in the paper path that is causing the blurs/smudges/whatever.

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      • #4
        Re: Printer prints blurry

        How old is the printer? If it is in warranty then speak to the manufacturer as it may be becoming faulty. I would open it and see if anything is in the way of the rods etc


        And, personally, I would think less of someone if they sent a CV that wasn't sharp and error free. They could use the printer in library or local print shop. To me it says "I can't be bothered if my CV isn't great looking". Only personal opinion though so no offence meant.
        Last edited by AndyJG247; 14th October 2008, 15:34.
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        • #5
          Re: Printer prints blurry

          Does the line that prints blurry have any particular formatting? If you add a few carriage returns before that paragraph so the line in question is lower on the page, does the same line still print blurry?
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          • #6
            Re: Printer prints blurry

            There was an Epson printer some years ago that had a fault and would print a line across the page. It was only really noticable with certain ink colour combinations.

            Try inserting a blank page to push the affected page down the print order and see if thet has any effect.
            1 1 was a racehorse.
            2 2 was 1 2.
            1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
            2 2 1 1 2

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            • #7
              Re: Printer prints blurry

              Originally posted by sorinso View Post
              Do you use the right drivers? Are there any newer ones?
              I tried downloading updating the drivers, but it didn't help.

              Originally posted by sorinso View Post
              Can you acknowledge that the anomaly happens with specific/same documents all the time?
              Yes, there's one particular line on my resume that always comes out blurry.

              Originally posted by sorinso View Post
              Can you scan such a document and post it here?
              I could, but my resume contains my name, address, and phone number, so it's probably not a good idea to post it online.

              Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
              Does the line that prints blurry have any particular formatting? If you add a few carriage returns before that paragraph so the line in question is lower on the page, does the same line still print blurry?
              No, it doesn't. Unfortunately, my resume looks rather awkward with a big space in the middle of it. It also makes my resume 2 pages. I've also been able to fix the problem by reformatting it to framemaker, unfortunately, that was before I updated my resume, and I can't seem to get my updated resume to fit on one page in framemaker.

              Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
              There was an Epson printer some years ago that had a fault and would print a line across the page. It was only really noticable with certain ink colour combinations.



              Try inserting a blank page to push the affected page down the print order and see if thet has any effect.
              Nope, no effect.
              Last edited by Master Moron; 25th October 2008, 03:30.

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              • #8
                Re: Printer prints blurry

                If there's always the same document that make the trouble, I would try to open a new one and then Copy & Paste the content of the old one to the new one... Sometimes, there are odd things in a document that can mess-up the printing (especially because the printer cannot understand the code).

                Sorin Solomon


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                  Re: Printer prints blurry

                  Originally posted by sorinso View Post
                  If there's always the same document that make the trouble, I would try to open a new one and then Copy & Paste the content of the old one to the new one... Sometimes, there are odd things in a document that can mess-up the printing (especially because the printer cannot understand the code).
                  Agreed. You may even have some hidden formatting on the page that you can't see using the default settings of your word processor (what ever it may be).
                  1 1 was a racehorse.
                  2 2 was 1 2.
                  1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                  2 2 1 1 2

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