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Unable to print, missing print

Despite repeated cleaning the black still does not come out and would appear that the jets could possibly be blocked and need a serious removal and clean. Is there an easy way to do this without getting all messy and if so how without actually physically going out to buy a brand new one.

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Have you removed the pull off tape from the top of the cartridge, it lets air in enabling the ink to flow, easy mistake!

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