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Canon ip4200 colour magenta

The colour magenta does not print at all on my documents. it only just started to happen. all other colours print fine. i have cleaned all nozzles etc but no luck. any ideas?

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Re: canon ip4200 colour magenta

The colors transfer to the printhead by gravity. the felt on the inktank must make intimate contact with the stainless steel filter in the printhead. I have a pixma ip 6000D that I had to replace the printhead inside of two years three times. the bubblejet circuitry in the printhead got burned out. New heads cost from $55 to over a hundred.

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