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Prints black and a pink pigment for some colors

I cleaned the nozzle and the black and pink pigments are the only colors that appear.

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Try this it may help, if the ink are dried no matter what you try clean it will not print , take hair dryer and blow the air on the walls of the cart for 2 min and then insert the cart back and check if it prints ....

Good luck....

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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  4. Select the box for 'Grayscale Printing'. If the document to be printed is in black only, then this step may be skipped.

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3. Using a jeweller's ring cleaner sit your printhead in an inch of water and activate it for 60 seconds (This can also damage your printhead).

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