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Continuous aqua/turquoise color even with new cartridge

Printer has not been used for 3 months. It shouldn't have been out of ink. Printed a proof sheet which was all aqua. Installed a new cartridge with the same results. I am not confident in trying to clean the machine without some supervision. Help!

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Re: continuous aqua/turquoise color even with new...

Hey Karyn. The problem that I have experienced with printers with the same problem is a dirty head. Get the instructions on the printer and it will tell you how to clean the head. If after cleaning, still does it then you need to purchase a new head for the machine. Dont be afraid to tear into it. printers are pretty simple. Ink and ink head. If it prints at all it seems to be a dirty head. or worn out. Watch out using ink refills or off brands. Some inks are not very good quality ink and will ruin the head and void the warranty. Use the ink that the machine requests. Staples or Office Depot carries several types of printer heads. Good luck.

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