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Put yellow ink in and it says i need yellow ink

Hi we cleaned with q tip and rubbing alchol and the printer still wont work

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  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    I have the same problem and you would think that If I took the plastic off of the other 5 cartridges I would have taken it off the yellow one Wiz????

    This was no help at all.

  • OldGoat58 May 02, 2009

    Install new yellow cartridge and the printer will not recognize it. There is no plastic over the cartridge. I have tried using the 5 color kit and tried using the individual yellow and it makes no difference.

    It's an awesome printer but this problem, and the fact NO ONE can offer a real solution is enough to make a person really question themself before buying another HP printer!

  • parisedward May 10, 2009

    I put in a brand new yellow ink cartridge. It will recognize it. Print one page, then display estimated ink level with yellow being empty.

  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    Same thing here. It won't let me print anything, even when I go in to change my printing settings to black cartridge only. So Frustrating!!!



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With a lot of ink containers they place a piece of plastic on the ink container. It must be removed befor the printer will see the new ink

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Ink full printing black great but the colors arnt very good please help thank you

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Hold down the menu key. While still holding the menu key, unplug the machine and plug it back in. Do not let go of the key until the machine reboots and the screen says "maintenence". Hit the following keys: 7, 6, 4,black start. The machine will then go into "power purge" or deep clean mode for about 5-7 minutes. When complete hit: 99 to get out of maintanence and reboot. Be sure to have extra ink cartidges on hand as it does use up a lot of ink but this process works the best every time when the printer wont print

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Yellow ink will not print

On the Brother MFC series printers it uses remote ink trays as you will know, instead of having print heads directly on the ink cartridge. Whilst this approach makes it cheaper to produce the ink, and easier to change the cartridge, it can make it difficult to clear clogs.

There are several things you can do which may help, but B. and C. are at your own risk. All steps assume you have a new yellow ink cartridge.

A. In paint or another program, create a full page yellow image and keep printing it out. See if it gets any better after each print. If it does, continue until it seems to be working fine.

B. If you can manage to get to the print head, you can get a cue tip, dip it in rubbing alcohol and gently clean the print head. Leave 20 minutes to dry, and then do step A. again.

C. (AS A VERY LAST RESORT AT YOUR OWN RISK. THIS IS GOING TO RUIN YOUR YELLOW INK CARTRIDGE SO USE AN OLD YELLOW ONE IF YOU CAN) If steps A. and B. fail, you can put a "little" rubbing alcohol in the Yellow Ink Cartridge, and keep trying step A. If Yellow starts printing again, swap to a yellow cartridge that does not have rubbing alcohol in it. You are now going to have to cycle through many pages to clear the rubbing alcohol from the ink lines.

Note that if you keep cleaning the cartridges, it is going to use a lot of ink, and may actually hinder solving your yellow ink problem.

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New black ink cartridge won't print.

Clean the contacts with rubbing alchol. The contacts in the printer as well as on the cartridge. If that doesn't fix it contact the cartridge manufacturer and they should replace it.

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where the cartridge sits in the machine, you will see a sensor that reads the cartridge ink level, either the sensor is dirty or needs to replaced, and did you try an new Brother cartridge?

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Ibought yellow ink and it says i need yellow why/?


Typical ink jet printer, cant see the cartridge. I would consider cleaning the connectors where the cartridge goes some times these don't send good signals to the computer. If that doesn't work it could be a board problem in that case it would be cheaper for you to buy a new printer. I know this may sound stupid, but did you take the tape off the cartridge before you installed it? I have to ask because I have seen people put toner in printers that still had the packaging tape with signs saying "please remove before installing". So check that out and see if that resolves the issue. Use cue tips and rubbing alcohol and clean all the posts and make sure the cartridge is firmly back in its place when you are finished.


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My ps2 wont read the disk. says there is no data. help

it's your laser with something like dust keeping it from reading the discs. Just get a simple CD cleaner kit, one that has the little brush on it and then of course put some solution on it. Rubbing alchol will due. This happens to everyone eventually.

Should do the trick.

If it doesn't do it after playing the cleaning disk three times for around 10 secs each, then you may want to open it up and put clean the laser lens directly with a rubbing alchol soaked que tip and a dry one. For more instructions on how to open it do a search on fixya and there is one guru who goes into great detail about this.

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A few Trouble Shooting Tips:
You can try the following before buying a new one:

Unplug BOTH printer cables for at least 1 minute and it will reset to factory settings.

Also check the elec. contacts are not dirty... clean them with alchol and cotton wool and also clean contacts inside printer where they make contact.

If your printer has been left unused for some time? and the inks have just clogged up? you can easily revive them with our Magic Inkjet Flush print head cleaning kit

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I don't know if this will work on an Epson, but it does on Cannon. The pads on the cartridges or the ink jets in the printer head may be cloged with dry ink. Get some Q-tips and rubbing alcohol (water is a poor substitute). Take out the ink cartridges and touch the pad on the bottom with a Q-tip (one for each color). If there is color the cartridge pad is OK. Take a fresh Q-tip dip it in rubbing alcohol and GENTLY rub the little holes on the bottom of the plastic box the cartridges go in. Thse are the print head jets. You should see color. You may need to clean it a couple of times if the ink has dried down into the jets. It is OK to have the Q-tip pretty wet, but not dripping.

Hope this helps

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Your black, yellow, and blue ink cartridges are empty, go to your local ink cartridge store or Staples, or Bestbuy. The only ink left in the printer is the red.

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