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Claims new ink cartridge is low...

I installed a new cartridge and the first print came out with horrible lines, so I ran the head cleaning utility. After 10 runs, the confirmation print still has gaps and now the printer claims that the ink is low, so it won't run the utility. When I run the status check utility, it shows the ink cartridge as being full.

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    Printer says cartridge is 'low' or 'empty' due to running head cleaning too many times. The cartrdige is NOT actually empty.

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Hello, at this point I would suggest COMPLETELY uninstall your photo printer, reboot your system and reinstall. Hopefully this helps.

I will tell you though, usually if after running cleaning utilities, the picture still has lines and spaces, could be due to print heads drying up and unable to output the proper amount of ink. This happens alot when people are not using their printer often enough to keep the ink flowing properly.

Recently I had to replace a printer that I had not printed on in like 3 months, the print heads dried up/ clogged up. And the new ink I had just purchased was a waste of money. Had to replace entire printer.

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