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HP C6180 will not print with any megenta color

All new and original HP ink. So far I have cleaned everything...print heads, cartridges, metal things in printer and printed test page after test page with still no magenta. Status shows both lt. and dk. almost full.

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    same problem but will not print magenta or light magenta now.

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