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RX500 black ink leaves gaps and holes

The black ink level indicates 80%, and i've done 3 cleanings and tests per Epson's Printer Utility measures. However, the blank ink continues to reproduce broken lines and gaps. What else is there to do, please?

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Turn the printer off overnight and try the head cleaning process again. Leaving it unpowered for an extended period softens the ink and makes the cleaning more effective. It may require several cleaning cycles.

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