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HP Deskjet F4200 All-in-One Series - Horizontal Streaks or Lines in the Printed Image
The product is working, but the printed output shows streaks or lines. The lines are perpendicular to the direction the paper moved through the printer and parallel to the movement of the cartridges during printing. Test patterns on the diagnostic page may show missing lines, streaks, or faded patterns.
Figure 1: Defect, with the direction the paper moved through the printer indicated
Solution one: Make sure the paper is appropriate for the print job
Using the wrong paper for the print job might cause streaks or lines in printed output.
Solution two: Check estimated ink level
Use the following steps to check the ink level.
Solution three: Check the print settings
Use the following steps to check and adjust the print settings for the product.
Solution four: Check for defects using an extended self-test report
Extended self-test reports identify specific print quality issues. Use an extended self-test report to determine what is causing the issue.
Step one: Print an extended self-test report
Use the following steps to print an extended self-test report.
Step two: Note which cartridges printed which areas of the extended self-test report
Identify which print cartridge printed which part of the extended self-test report, so that if there are defects, it will be possible to know which print cartridge is the problem.
Different combinations of print cartridges can be installed in the product, and different cartridge combinations print different self-test report patterns. The right and left cartridges will print in the same areas of the report no matter which cartridges are installed.
Figure 4: Layout of the extended self-test report
1 - Printed by the right cartridge
2 - Printed by the left cartridge
Step three: Check for defects
In general, if the product and print cartridges are working properly, the patterns (which look like grids of lines) should contain few or no missing lines. None of the colors should be missing, and there should be no streaks of ink on the report.
Missing lines or streaked bars
If a pattern shows more than a few missing lines or if a bar is streaked, the print cartridge that corresponds to that section is not functioning properly.
Figure 5: Color block with missing lines
If the report shows missing lines or streaked bars, click here to continue troubleshooting (c01369232) (in English).
If any of the colors of the bars are very different from the color dots on the cartridge label, the cartridge is not functioning properly.
Figure 6: The bar color differs from the color dot on the cartridge
If the report shows colors that are very different from the colors on the cartridge label, click here to continue troubleshooting (c01369366) (in English).
If any of the color patterns or bars are entirely missing, the cartridge is not functioning properly.
NOTE: If printing in reserve mode, without all the cartridges installed, the patterns associated with the missing cartridge will be missing.
Figure 7: Missing colors
1 - All colors printed - no missing colors
2 - Yellow missing - the tri-color (left-side) cartridge is not printing properly
If any of the patterns or bars are entirely missing, click here to continue troubleshooting (c01369481) (in English).
The cartridges might be dirty if the extended self-test report shows smeared ink.
Figure 8: Smeared ink
If the report shows smeared ink, click here to continue troubleshooting (c01368590) (in English).
Step four: Service your product
Contacting HP for service in Asia Pacific.
If you completed all the preceding steps and your product still has an issue, you might need further assistance from HP.
Go to Contact HP to review available service options.
Contacting HP for service in all countries/regions except Asia Pacific.
If you completed all the preceding steps and your product still has an issue, service the product.
First, go to HP Printer Warranty Check to check your warranty status, and then go to Contact HP to find an authorized service dealer or to schedule a repair. Repair fees might apply for out of warranty printers.