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Not printing black and white

Looks like I have enough ink but it only prints a black line no text prints on the paper

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    this printer was great until it started sucking

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Hi I have just got my 2nd printhead in less than 6 months (from Kodak). My printer did the same and they said it sounded like the printhead so sent me a new one, it seems to fix the problem but does not last long, i have today decided to buy a new printer probably a HP, im not happy with this Kodak anymore too unreliable. Phone Kodak and give them hell.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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