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I cannot print in black despite the fact i just purchased a new cartridge and it shows its full but it printed 3 pages and then stopped printing anything on the page

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I had the same thing happen with my 5100 AIO. I contacted Kodak and we swapped out the print head. There was no charge for this. Hopefully, you registered your printer. Mine was well past the warranty date.

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