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Page won't print

My paper is coming out with a very little of the print. Hardly any of the text is showing and the color is faded. The black ink is half full and the color is full.

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  • PPatch Oct 14, 2008

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    I have called Kodak and they said the same thing. They are shipping me a new printhead.

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You have a fautly printhead. Call Kodak support and they should send you a new one. This appears to be a common and chronic problem. It's happened twice to my mother-in-law in the past few months. Also, look at this link:
http://cathieburke.pluggedin.kodak.com/default.asp?item=488521

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    4.The Ink Absorber, if applicable depending on print model, may also be full which could also cause printing related issues (typically an error code will be displayed when the ink absorber is full)...here is a customer/yahoo response on this particular issue: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130523085451AAE1TqW

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