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Can't do a test print to align new cartridges

Hi - I just got to the bottom of my ink cartridges before I realized that I was out, so after changing to new ones (except the black) I can not do a test print. Any help?

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    laxmankumar May 11, 2010

    please mention your printer model to provide help.



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Have you used a cotton swab (Q-Tip) with a gentle cleanser on it, to wipe both the metal strips/contcts on the bottom of the cartridges, and also the same items with which they interface in the printer's cartridge well?

If you can clean them very gently, you might find that they make better contact, thus allowing the print to work again.

Ink can be oily at times, and that will interfer with the contact between the two types of metals, which make the electrical contact to allow the printer to work.

Give it a try. Read the cartridge's packaging, as they may have some instructions on what kind of liquid cleanser to use. Perhaps an alcohol, like rubbing alcohol, or an acetone, from nail polish remover.

But you must be sure of what to use, otherwise if you use something too caustic, you can ruin it instead of fixing it.

Good Luck,

Posted on May 22, 2009


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