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Lexmark 2500 Series Printer Color Ink Cartridge Won't Work Properly

I moved into a new house a few weeks ago and so obviously everything had to be hooked up again, and some things had to undergo updates and such. But yesterday I tried using my printer for the first time. It wanted me to do an alignment test, so I did. When the sheet printed off, the only colors that would come out were red and black, but I have a full color ink cartridge and the tape has been taken off. Any ideas as to what I can do? I've taken both ink cartridges out already and put them back in, et cetera. I have no ideas as to what I should do now.

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To solve the printing problem..


# Hold the cartridge upside down, with the bar-code label facing you and take a damp paper towel.
# Use the towel to wipe the printhead of the cartridge on the bottom (where the ink comes out). Wipe the printhead horizontally in one direction only (left to right).
# Continue doing this until it looks clean.
# Then dab the cartridge on the towel to make sure the ink is flowing.
# Next, look inside the printer and locate the carrier that holds ink cartridges. Caution: Make sure the cartridges are not installed at this point.

1. Look for a shiny piece of metal underneath the contacts at the back of the carrier.
2. Take a damp cotton swab (use water only!) and wipe along the bottom of the shiny metal piece. Note: You may need more than one swab.

# Reinstall the cartridges, making sure you snap them correctly into the printer.


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All ink cartridge bays has to be filled with a working cartridge, for the print driver to allow you to print. That is why I prefer single ink type printers, so it is not so expensive to maintain the inks you don't use.

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