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Canon PIXMA iP 3000: Suddenly, everything prints hot pink

....with black text. I tried replacing my magenta cartridge (thinking maybe it as leaking), and I got 20 pages of great printing. But then everything went to hot pink again. Suggestions?

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It sounds like the cyan and yellow cartridges are empty. Try new cartridges.

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