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Canon pixma iP8500 printer will not print any black ink

The color ink tanks including the black are all full. This problem just started to happen when you print any documents made with black it will not print it. The page comes out blank. It will print the text in another color, just not black. Also any images downloaded and printerd look exposed as there is no black in them.

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  • Commie Nov 14, 2007

    Replaced cartridge and carried out deep clean but still black will not print.

    All other colours are ok

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    I have this problem as well! It just happened. Coloured documents with black ink look grey.

  • Gavelhead Dec 28, 2007

    I have the exact same problem. Black no longer prints at all. The cartridge appears full.



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Check the black cartridge and make sure the orange or yellow tape at the rear end is not still attached. If it covers the small hole on the top of the cartridge, the printer won't print black text.

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