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My Lexmark x3550 isn't using the photo cartridge.

I have a brand new photo cartridge in there, but the color is empty, and I don’t know how to make it use the photo cartridge instead of the color. I have a new color cartridge coming soon but I just wish I knew how to switch the use of the two different cartridges. So if anyone can tell me how, then that would be awesome!

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There is no way to use the photo cartridge by itself, it is intended to supplement the color cartridge, so printing with just the photo will not give you good results, even if it were possible.

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These I beleive can not be mixed in different slots.
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I dont think it is a problem with the printer, if you are using both brand new OEM cartridges then the firmware fix from lexmark should solve or you are trying to mix Photo type and normal type carts.

But these days ink jet printers are non repairable (well too costly and uneconomical to repair) throw away items, the expense is in the inks and manufactures vertually give away the printers so you will buy their inks, and lexmarks are designed not to like refill and aftermarket inks as are most modern inkjets.

Hope this helps, please let me know if you are using real ink and have tried the firmware fix and still are having issues, but all i probally end up telling you is buy another and welcome to our disposable way of life;)

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