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Printer is not recognising that the cartridges are there

I have uninstalled printer and all the drivers. I have re-installed printer and all drivers. I have remove cartridges and replaced with new ones and still the same error keeps appearing. I have tried to maintenance cleans, asks for paper, i put the paper in and then it says that the check is done.

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