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MP780 prints will not print black in photos, black text works fine

I have read the other posts, and would like to attempt to clean the print heads. How do I get to them? Are there service manuals available that you don't have to PAY for?

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Re: MP780 prints will not print black in photos, black...


thats your service manual
i clean mine by boiling it in rubbing alcohol or submerging it in alcohol then blowing it out

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