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Black ink won't print always says its empty but its not

Black ink won't print always says its empty but its no tAlso how do I clean the print heads

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    I have same problem on MFC 210c, the point is that I follow the instruction to clean the printer head, but not helped; so I posting this problem hear that want to find other way to fix it, thanks

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Check your printer manual it should give you intructions on how to clean the print heads there are differenty ways on different printers....

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All-in-One Printer Phone Support Live telephone support is available in English and Spanish at 1-800-421-6699, 9 A.M. to midnight, Eastern Time, 7 days a week. The expected wait time for phone support is 15 minutes.

Click on this link or copy and paste the complete link into your browser.

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