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Cleaning print heads

Cyan & magenta print heads are blocked & normal cleaning cycle is not working. What can I do to clean out heads. Are cleaning cartridges anygood & where can I get them. TRhanks

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Greetings!
That usually that happened when the printer was not used for a couple of month or if the ink that was used was a refill ink. Try new ink cartridge, if that still happen, means that some of those ink on the cartridge spill out to the printer unit and it clog the print head, some can be clean using a cotton bods with alcohol, some of them cannot.
You can consult computer technician if your printer can still be used.
Thanks.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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