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Kodak ESP-3 printer won't print black

Every time I try to print a document the black ink does not work. I even put a new black ink cartridge in. The words in the flyer I'm trying to print show up white instead of black

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  • jkribbs Feb 25, 2009

    I have the same problem. I uninstalled, rebooted, reinstalled, rebooted and still the same results.

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    same problem. new black cartriges... same problem.

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    Gypsie Soul Dec 09, 2012

    yeah me too, tried everything even new printhead, didn't try another ink cartridge only the color it says needs to be replaced now and not both. but i just installed them today, got them 2 days ago!! UGGGGHHHHH NOTHING IS WORKING.

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    Gypsie Soul Dec 09, 2012

    i have the same problem. even replaced the printhead, but now only saying the color ink needs to replaced when i know it doesn't i just installed both cartridges today. got the ink flowing they were dry and ck again definitely flowing but still saying color out. i did everything but buy new ink, what a waste of time and money!!! NOTHING WORKS!!!!! UGGGGHHH!

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    Gypsie Soul Dec 09, 2012

    I have tried everything. Just got the ink cartridges and installed them. Tried everything on this post, replaced the printhead and so far it says the color needs replacing. It is brand new and the ink is flowing when i checked it. Any way to reset it??? Can't keep buying ink!! What a waste of time and money, NOTHING works!!!! UGGHHH!!! Went through this a few times already! Ready to throw Kodak thru the window and buy another brand. Save on ink my buttt!

  • letitia wheless Aug 16, 2013

    same here. Purchased Kodak esp 3.3. It ran out of ink soon after purchase and I did not use it a lot. Purchased new cartridges and it still will not work. My fault that I cannot find the reciot. fml

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    kodak esp 7 won't print black

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Ive changed the ink cartridges and my printer wont print black??? any thoughts?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    printer not printing in black ink. ink cartridge is full.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Color cartridge is just about but just put new black one in will not print

  • Gypsie Soul
    Gypsie Soul Aug 27, 2016

    lol got notice of this post I commented on, after getting TWO replacement printers I finally threw the thing away and bought an EPSON which I LOVE!! It is a powerhorse! NO problems except the END OF LIFE THING!! but i found the answer to that one and it continues to run like a champ!


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