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C88 stylus printer does not print

No red lights show on paper or ink, green lihjt shows printer on. When wanting to print, paper feeds through but no print on the paper. I tried cleaning the nozzles as shown in diections but to no avail. Is there a solution to this problem short of having to replace the printer?

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When did this failure to print occur? Was it sudden e.g. after changing cartridges, or did the print quality slowly deteriorate to nothing? Are you completely confident that you have good ink cartridges containing plenty of ink. What the Status Monitor is showing you in terms of the quantity of ink remaining may well be incorrect. If not sure, try a new set of cartridges, making sure you use the proper cartridge replacement procedure so that an ink charging cycle takes place. If ink starts to appear on the paper, do not carry out head cleaning cycles willy-nilly. Leave it for 24 hours to disperse air bubbles then do a couple of cleaning cycles. If it's still not perfect leave it for another 24 hours etc. Patience is required here.

If you have already done lots of head cleans with no result, and you're sure you have a good ink cartridge properly installed, then you can try soaking the print heads for 24 hours (or more), as follows. Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head moves pull the power cord out of the back, or turn the printer off at the mains. You may now carefully move the print head by hand over to the left hand side out of the way. Look inside the print head parking area on the right and you will see a small rubber cup that comes up to cover the print nozzles when the head is parked (to stop it drying out). Use a syringe or dropper to fill this cup with head cleaning fluid or distilled water. DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Carefully push the print head fully into its parking position so that the cup full of fluid comes up over the print head. Leave this for at least 24 hours, then try a head clean again. If still nothing, report back

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