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Just used printer for first time and the black ink isnt printing

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Hi. Have you run the nozzle cleaning procedure? If you have, then a replacement cartridge may be required. Before changing it try reseating it.

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Why can't my kodak all in one ESP 5 not print black all of a sudden? There is no color ink but 3/4 of black ink and it will not print this letter so there isnt any color needed anyway.


Remove print head. Now take vessel with 10-20 ml of ISO PROPYL ALCHOHOL ( medical spirit).dip the ink head for 15- 20 min..some old ink may come out..some clogged nozzle should be realesed..no issue keep it.
U may repeat again.dry it.don't used hot blower..just Clean it with tissues.
Also try to clean golden point on printed circuit with wiping eraser carefully on it.make it clean n shiny
God bless

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Not printing at all


The old ink got dried up on the contacts. Remove the ink cartridge and using a cue-tip with water clean the contacts where the ink cartridge contacts the other part. This would be a good start. if the ink isnt coming off easily with water try alcohol, its cheap at most dollar stores just watch out for sparks and flames around alcohol and just pour out small amounts and put container away before use.

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Suddenly stopped printing all colors. Will only


Hi, it could be few things wich you having problem with.

First, how old are the ink tanks, it could be clodged.
Second the print head nozzles are clodged at that places.
Third, the purge unit does not work OK.

First remove all inks out and remove print head. Then on wet cloth, wet it with distiled water, few times press the bottom of print head ( nozzles ), then the 4 circles must change from colour to white. That means that nozzles are cleaned.
Dry head by pressing it on dry cloth.

Put it in, also the inks, and run few times the deep head cleaning. Every time take a look at print pattern.
If the head is to badlly clodged, test pattern would be just a little bit more better.

But now you know if the problem is in head or something else ( purge unit or inks ). The new head isnt so cheap regarding the printer so then the best solution would be to buy new printer.
If you do not want to buy laser colour printer, atleast buy one on wich ink tanks has printhead on. Its slightly costly, but you have one worry less - the print head is changed every time you change the ink.

Hope that helped

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BROTHER MFC-210 PRINTING IN BLACK INK POOR QUALITY BUT COLOURED INK FINE. USING INK MANAGEMENT TO CLEAN PRINTER NOT HELPING. HAVE TAKEN OUT AND REINSTALLED BLACK CARTRIDGE WITHOUT IMPROVEMENT. WHEN...


Try cleaning the black printer heads several times in a row, at least 5 times then print a black document with best quality setting.
Press the ink button, then down to select select cleaning and then press menu/set and menu/set again to select black.

Dec 19, 2009 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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New Black ink in it and it still won't print in black


Printer not used for long time before? Ink dried inside head. Use spuit tube, connect to black nozzle. fill tube with cleaner. wait for 1 -2 hours.

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Black ink only


Print using pigment black ink only (Windows) Instructionsto print using only the pigment black ink tank only. Occasionally youmay need to print using black ink only. Using grayscale alone does notprovide this option and the color inks will still be used. By followingthis procedure you may print using only the pigment black ink tank. Note: Image quality may be sacrificed when printing photographs.
  1. Open the Properties / Preferences window for the printer.

    For Windows Vista
    • Click/ Select 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, 'ControlPanel', 'Hardware and Sound', and then click on 'Printers'. Note: If you are in 'Classic' view, Click 'Printers' directly from the 'Control Panel'.
    • Clickyour right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and thenselect 'Printing Preferences...' from the menu that appears.
    For Windows XP Home Edition
    • Click/ Select 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, 'ControlPanel,' 'Printers and Other Hardware,' and 'Printers and Faxes.'
    • Clickyour right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and thenselect 'Printing Preferences...' from the menu that appears.

    For Windows XP Professional Edition
    • Click 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, and 'Printers and Faxes.'
    • Clickyour right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and thenselect 'Printing Preferences...' from the menu that appears.

    For Windows 2000/Me/98
    • Click / Select 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, and 'Settings,' then 'Printers.'
    • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Properties' from the menu that appears.

  2. Click on the Main tab.

  3. Select 'Plain Paper' as the Media Type. If any other paper type is selected, color ink will be used to create black.

    win_main_plain_paper.jpg

    Note: The pigment black ink will only be used when printing on plain paper.

  4. Select the box for 'Grayscale Printing'. If the document to be printed is in black only, then this step may be skipped.

    win_main_grayscale_print.jpg

    Note: If either 'Borderless Printing' or 'Duplex Printing' are enabled from the Page Setup tab, grayscale will be created using a combination of the color (dye) inks to prevent smearing.

  5. Click 'OK' to save the changes.
The printer will now only use the pigment black ink tank.

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Printer won't print in black


Did you use generic ink before?
If yes the generic ink has blocked the microfilter in front of the nozzles, which cant be fixed anymore.

If not and you have used original carts there might be some air bubbles within the ph.

In both ways try this:
(make sure the carts are at a very good ink level!)
press menu then start bk copy then fourtimes arrow up. machine will be in maintenance mode. press 7 then 6 then 4 then start bk copy. machine will initialize the carts and refresh the tubes and ph 
with new ink, then will do some cleaning. when finished press 7 then 6 then 3 then start bk copy and run a power purge.
leave maintenance mode by pressing 9 then 9. when machine comes up in normal condition again press ink etc. to 
run a quality test print.

If your lucky the ph isnt clogged.
If not there will be no fixing anymore. ph needs replacement!

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