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Why won't my machine print in color

I just replaced all the cartridges cleaned the heads, alignment... etc. it will print b/w but not color. what could be causing this problem?

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Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent ink drying out and blocking the print head nozzles.
If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages, then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive.
It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer than replace the print head.

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