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"Change cartridge" light stay's on after replacement

I've replaced the black ink cartridge on my printer 2 or 3 times now with new Epsom replacement cartridges and the red light remains on as if it doesn't register the new full cartridge. This is echoed by the status monitor as well. I have made a point of only using bona fida Epsom replacements, and have tried replacing them multiple times so I find it hard to believe they've all been duds. Any suggestions please?

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Re: "Change cartridge" light stay's on after replacement

What exactly does the status monitor say? Your printer may have a problem with the counter or if the machine simply does not see the cart there could be an issue with the print head or the main board.

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