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Canon ip4200 Just bought Canon compatible cartridges, and whilst it printed fine 10 minutes ago, it no longer prints after I changed cartridge. The bigger black cartridge is empty, and I'm trying to print a grayscale image and it prints a blank page - leading me to think that the printer uses the larger black cartridge mostly, which would explain the blank page printout. Is here a way of switching it over so that it prints with the smaller cartridge, which is full?

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Re: Canon ip4200

Hi You can buy canon refile "InkTec Canon BCI-5/BCI-6 color" and fill Remove the empty and try to print,or you can buy canon refile "InkTec Canon BCI-5/BCI-6 color" and full it,it`s cheap instead to buy everytime a new cartidges. Good Luck

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