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Incorrect colour is printed

Our i850 prints any image only in red or a yellowish red despite removing the magenta cartridge. I have reinstalled the printer but to no avail.This problem originally manifested itself with a red tint to any photo or article and progressed until now it prints colour as red or red/yellow only. Any black text prints fine.

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Re: Incorrect colour is printed

I would try to replace the printhead and the magenta cartridge at the same time. Lots of people with leaky cartridges have this same symptom only, it is with whatever color is malfunctioning.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008

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Solution: Install / replace the recommended ink tanks correctly i550 / i850

Untitled Document How to install / replace the ink tanks
The ink tanks suitable for the printer are as follows;

Black Ink Tank BCI-3eBK
Cyan Ink Tank BCI-3eC
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Operation procedures are shown with label design A.

labelsa.jpg Replacement Procedure

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2. Remove the empty ink tank by pushing the tab on the ink tank.

Note: When doing this, do not remove the print head. When replacing multiple ink tanks, it is recommended to replace one at a time to avoid inserting them into the wrong slots.
(The image is an example using i850.)

3. Remove the new ink tank from its package. Pull the orange tape in the direction of the arrow to remove it completely, and remove the shrink-wrap film.

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Confirm that the orange tape is completely removed from the ink tank, as shown in image 1. If the tape is similar to the sample in image 2, remove the remaining portion of the tape so that it looks like the sample shown in image 1.

(1): Correct

(2): Incorrect (where the arrow indicates)
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