[QUOTE=Dana-IJM;2826]Thanks for the additional information. Please do let me know how things go now that you have cleaned the wiper blade.
It is puzzling to me that the problem went away after installing OEM carts, then returned after reinstalling the new refill carts… this does sound cartridge related, though this is not something I’ve heard of before, and doesn’t make sense considering the carts seem to be working fine otherwise, and you have tried a second refill cart. It’s also interesting that the problem only occurs on photo papers, and not matte.
Have you replaced both VM and VLM with OEM, then new refill carts? It’s hard to tell for sure, but from your attachment it looks like full strength VM on the ink line.
Please keep me posted (I’m crossing my fingers that cleaning your wiper blade resolved the issue).
Best regards~ Dana :)[/QUOTE]
I replaced both the VM and the VLM carts, because I wasn’t really sure which was doing it.
It seems cartridge related, but like you, I couldn’t really think of what it could be. Its entirely possible that it was just coincidence. Who knows? What I do know is that this printer has been used hard - it gets used nearly every day, sometimes many many prints a day - nearly 4000 prints through it in two years.
The wiper was filthy. I went through a ton of q-tips cleaning it. The cleaning edge of it seems kind of marred up - is it supposed to be smooth? Can the wiper blade on a R3000 be user-replaced?
I have made about a dozen prints since cleaning with no problems. I will keep you updated.