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Printer will not print.

1. Printer reads "Black ink empty. Replace cartridge." The cartridge is 3/4 or more full. 2. I took out all cartridges to check ink. All almost full. Now printer reads "no cartridge." 3. Cartriges will not empty, instructed to replace when cartridge is 1/3 or more full. FYI: I will never buy another Brother product.I've had nothing but trouble since the day of purchase. I believe the printer to be defective. Brother should offer a refund. I do not want a replacement.

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    Changed the ink cartridge, but printer says ink is empty mfc-j475dw

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