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Black Ink Cartridge

I just installed a new black ink cartridge and ran teat page and the black ink does not show up on the test page.

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  • dombe Nov 13, 2007

    hi, put new black in, then new color ones in (all three) on the nozzle check test page i get one blue line thats it. The printer is going through the motions but not producing the goods.

    Help i need my printer back!!!!

    Thanks in advance


  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    it is installed properly ink also reifiled



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I would advise running a group of upto 9 cleaning cycles - if you need the instructions on this please go to the Epson download page for manuals

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