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Error 41 near empty black and near empty cyan.

I unplugged the maching and replugged it and the error 41 went away. now it is telling me nearly empty black, and near empty cyan. what does the cyan mean.

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    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    Cyan is the other cartridge in your printer that is empty.

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First, the error 41 will eventually come back sooner if not later.
error 41 means that your printhead is failing.
the error that its giving you now is that your black and cyan cartridges are empty. there are 4 colors in your prnter.

Posted on May 31, 2009

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