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Make sure that the paper quality matches what is in the printer. If set to glossy, minimal ink is deposited on the page. Also, check the print quality - draft quality provides a minimal amount of ink as well.
The 3550 won't print in any color if any of the colors are out. You'll have to replace the color ink that's empty to get it to print.
In the future, if you're just printing black and white, you can select "Print in Grayscale" from the print properties to just use the black ink cartridge, which will help the color cartridges to last longer.
The first step is to determine whether the problem is in the printer or the driver. Run an alignment test and then, using the printer menu, print a picture that is within the printer.
If the internal picture has the same problem, and all ink cartridges are flowing properly (you will be able to tell from the alignment test), printer replacement is going to be the least expensive repair.
If the internal picture prints ok, then try printing a picture from the computer again. If that gives you the old problem, disconnect the printer from the computer. Then, uninstall the printer, reboot twice and reinstall the driver, hooking up the printer when asked.
If the error message is only "magenta/cyan low", it doesn't cause any error. The low message stays after replacing ink cartridges if they're replaced too early (before they're indicated as actually empty), it doesn't cause the printer to not work.
However, some other problem might be faulty, or there might be another error message. Try emptying printer queue and print from Ink Management -> Menu/set (twice) to check wether the problem is with communication from pc or if the printer actually is unable to print.