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Lexmark Ink Cartridge Issue

I have a lexmark x1240 and we replaced the cartridges several months ago and haven't used the printer much since then. Now the printer goes through all of the printing and copying steps but my pages are blank. Do cartridges expire or have a shelf life? My computer is not having a problem communicating with the printer and I'm not sure what else may be causing the problem. Thanks!

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    megax01 May 11, 2010

    Once you open a inkjet cartridge then yes they do have a length of time that they will remain operational as there is always a small leakage of ink once opened. However a couple months is not enough time for the ink to drain. Did u try cleaning the print nosseles on the printer using the printer utilities?

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Ink cartridges do have a shelf life - usually about two years from manufacturing, but it's more likely that the nozzles have become dry or clogged as result of disuse. You may get things corrected by putting regular rubbing alcohol on a clean soft cloth and gently wiping the contact points between the printer and the cartridge. If that doesn't work, you'll probably have to replace the cartridges.

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