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One of my ink tanke doeo not flow

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Normal 0 Driver could be corrupt.
Disconnect the printer or at least be sure it is turned off. I'd do both and reinstall the CD software program that came with the printer. When the software program asks you to connect the printer to the USB port, do so and it should again work properly.
Hope this helps. Bud

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Remove tape from the
The ink tank requires air to flow through it so ink can move from the reservoir to the print heads.
Confirm there is no orange tape across the top of the ink tank.


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Resetting the Ink Counter When an ink tank is replaced, the ink counter must be reset. The low ink warning is only displayed properly if the ink counter is reset.

Message Prompting Confirmation of Ink Tank Replacement
If an ink tank is removed, the printer will output a message prompting you to confirm replacement of the ink tank at the start of the next print job.
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1 Check the message, and click Yes.

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Resetting the Ink Counter in Printer Properties dialog box

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  2. Lift the scanning unit (printer cover) completely. (The print head will move to the replacement position.)


  3. Open the inner cover.

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  6. If the orange tape is as shown in Figure (2), remove the remaining tape to the level shown in Figure (1).

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    1. When closing the scanning unit (printer cover), be careful not to jam your finger.
    2. When starting printing next time, the print head cleaning launches automatically.

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