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Black ink not working; but colors are

Black ink not working but all colors are. I Two new refilled cartridges used but neither worked. Initially it worked somewhat when the test print was run, but it decreased with each test and now is blank. I ran about ten cleaning cycles and allowed the ink to sit for 24 hours so that air can escape. Nothing worked. Any ideas?

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Re: Black ink not working; but colors are

Use a original brother ink cart. Do the cleaning twice. If there is no more black blocks to see, the printhead is crashed!

Posted on Sep 11, 2007

Re: Black ink not working; but colors are

I had a similar problem....almost no black.  I purchased a

Brother LC41BK, Black cleaning cartridge . The only place I could find it was at Abacus Ink   (602) 787-1223.

It took about three days of running paper through every day

and going through the cleaning and testing routine until I had used all the "cleaning ink". I then replaced the regular cartridge and it works fine.  Good luck...worth a try!!


Posted on Oct 16, 2007

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According to " HP Officejet R, PSC 500 and Color Copier - General Copying Issues and Solutions", under the problem heading "Black is not Black", notes that:

"The unit will perform mono (or black) copies using the color cartridge to create a composite black in Normal and Best modes. This is necessary to create the correct grayscale shades. NOTE: The HP PSC 500 all-in-one product cannot perform black copies. Scan the image in and print it out in greyscale.

The color cartridge may be out of one color of ink. Run a self-test page to verify that all the colors are there. Replace the cartridge if they are not."

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