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Flashing orange lights

Hi,  My i850 is sending seven (7) flashing orange lights and one green following.   I have cleaned the printhead and tried to reset the printer by disconnecting and reconnecting the electric cord.   Do you think I should simply buy a new printhead from Canon at this point?   Or should I  replace the printer.  Everything is operating but I suspect he prinhead may be leaking.
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