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Cant change cartridge

My black ink needs changing but when i press the red flashy button to get the catridges to move across, they come but then go back to their starting point again so unable to change cartridge. Its about 2 years old. Any help please, thanks a lot.

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Re: cant change cartridge

Hold both  red and green buttons down together and cartridge will stop to allow black to be changed

Posted on Oct 21, 2007

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Re: cant change cartridge

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Posted on Oct 22, 2007

Re: cant change cartridge

You should go to the setting.
Go setting for the printer on the computer (it is at the menu of Start button) and go to the properties of the printer, click on printing reference and maintenance and replace cartridge. It will show you what to do with the printer.

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