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Ink is out and communication error has occured?

I just put all new inks in and I get a message saying "ink is out" and the red light is on. Also when I go to utilities to check the ink levels etc, I get a message saying " A communication error has occured" – I've checked all cables and they seem fine?

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Sounds suspiciously like a Windows problem to me. It may be worth trying to reinstall the printer. Delete the old one in 'Printers', and then reload from XP or Vista, or shove the printer CD-ROM in and reinstall.

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