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All my ink is new or barely used but it will only print in a yellow/green color. I need to print a birthday card in mostly brown and images from print shop. I have checked each ink tank for everything your manual's troubleshooting section suggests. I am using a PIXMA MP530 that was new 15 months ago.

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  • lockem Oct 22, 2008

    My colour ink is printing but not the black?

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A tiny piece of the celophane covering on the in tank was still there. I took a tiny pair of scissors, cut it off and the colors came thru fine.
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