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Black ink does not print

All other colors print- i have swapped out black cartridge numerous times with both 3rd party and canon original black cartridges to no avail. Any ideas to fix will be greatl appreciated.

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Re: Black ink does not print

If you have not tried it, put the printer through a couple of printhead cleaning cycles. If this does not help, you will have to replace the printhead (the part that the cartridges go into). This is operator replaceable and I beleive it comes with instructions. If not, the instructions are listed on Canon's site. That should do it Ed

Posted on May 26, 2007

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