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Just stopped printing black!

Black Ink cartridge has 50% content remaining and just faded to nothing. Read other posts here and on other forums. Purge tube appears to be working with bubbles travelling down it at a rate. Anyhow, if it were the purge tube at fault I think that this would affect all the colours??? wouldn't it??? For the moment I'll go get a head cleaning kit and a replacement cartridge. I'll post my results. But would appreciate any tips.

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  • David Hamer Jun 12, 2007

    Used a cleaning cartridge to clean black nozzle. Replaced old black cartridge. Problem remained. Cleaned again - just to ensure old black cartridge wasn't depositing cr*p in the nozzle and replaced with new black (non OEM)cartridge. BINGO! Problem solved - Faulty blank ink cartridge. Anyhow. Then cleaned all colour nozzles and replaced cartridges. What a difference.

    Printing is like new.

    This is the first time that I've cleaned using specific cleaning cartridges. They will last for several cleans and cost about £10 for all 4. I now plan to perform a clean using the cartridges on every cartridge change. Seems like good preventative maintenance AND it should improve the quality of printing.

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Hey Johnny, Your dead right. The purge tube would affect all the colours. If you are using refilled carts, try just changing the cart. Approx 10% of all refilled carts fail - so it is entirely possible you have hit on a bad one. If you are using the good stuff, I would suggest getting the cleaning kit and doing the manual clean to clear any blocked nozzles. What does the nozzle check pattern show? If there are a few lines visible, I would guess cleaning will sort it for you. Let us know how you get on...

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