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Printing B&W printing suddenly faint. Replaced both black ink cartridges but no improvement. Colour cartridges almost empty but not removed from printer.Does it need colour ink just to print B&W?

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  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    this is enough to understand problem

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    can i replace both inks with black inks rather than black and colour

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Likely your purge unit needs cleaning...

Make sure by printing out a test page from printer (not from computer).

If test page is good, you have a software issue. If test page is bad, you need to clean your head and/or purge unit.

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