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Well, I got such a great response to my dpi question (thanks everyone!) that I'll try another. I had a Stylus Color II that I passed down to my sister when I picked up the EX. The Color II, though, was/is a problem lately. The problems started when I used some cheap 3rd party cartridges. I tried a couple different brands, and several of them printed color terribly (one, for example, never printed yellow), so I ended up removing them before they ran out (I know, I shouldn't have done that). I went back to using Epson cartridges, but the quality never quite got to where it originally was; blurred text, colors occasionally dropping out, lines in the output, etc. But it more or less served it's purpose, so I never bothered to get it serviced. Now, giving the printer to my sister, I decided to make a more serious attempt to get the output to improve; I put some new cartridges in, ran it through a bunch of cleaning cycles, ran the alignment utility, opened it and cleaned a bunch of dust and cat hairs out of it (one of my cats had a habit of sleeping on the printer). That helped somewhat, but even after a bunch of cleaning cycles, the colors start banding and dropping out again after a page or two of printing. Black text isn't as crisp as it could be. Is this printer a lost cause? Is there any further dismantling and cleaning I could do, or is the only other option to have Epson service it... which, given it's vintage, may not be worth it. Thanks, Patrick McNamara - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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