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Epson C86 My printer says it is out of ink even though I just replaced all four inks. The level of ink on the black is full but the cyan, magenta and yellow still says empty. I cannot run a clean cycle at all, it will not print anything. What is the problem? How can I fix it other than purchasing all new inks again?

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Re: Epson C86

Throw it out...have had 3 epson's in our office in the last 5 years and ended up ditching all three...they are junk.

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