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I have put a new colour cartridge in the printer but the colour is just pink. How do I check on my ink levels and how do I clean the printer head and nozzles?

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  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    I have the same problem. Wish I could help :-(

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2009

    printer color became bland or pink with no regular color. I changed the cartridge and it did not fix. I tried a second cartridge but still no luck. James

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I had the same problem on mine. Just replace cartridges until you get a good one. Cartridges with dates as late as 2007 have been bad for me. Unused cartridge can still be bad.

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