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Cartridges don't work

My canon pixma ip4200 runs beautifully, until one day i ran out of ink. i replaced the cyan and magenta with brand new ones i went to go buy, but the cartridge continues to blink (meaning it's empty) and i don't know what to do!!!!!! i spent 50$ on these silly ink cartridges and they don't even work. :(

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Sounds like you got a defective cartridge, it happens once in a while. On some Canons, you hold the resume button for 5 seconds and it will ignore the error, not sure on your model printer.

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