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I have a brother printer 150-C but the blank ink wont print even thought I put a new cartridge already? How can I fix this? radbooking@gmail.com

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You need to clean the print head ..

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did you take the tape off the new cartridge and is the print head burned out for the black? if you installed the diagnostic's on it then run it and see what it says, otherwise expect the print head to be cooked, however it is possible to get a bad ink cartridge try tapping it on your finger and see if ink comes out if it does not then the ink cartridge is dried out or no good, about %15 of print cartridges are bad on just about any brand printer some more than others.

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It will only get worse. Do a google search and you will find out the print head is defective. After a multitude of complains, Brother has a more reliable print head for a fix. I'm not fixing mine. I've already invested too much in ink because of the auto cleaning it is programmed to perform.
A built in print head vs. a printer that has the ink tank and print head combined sounds like a good idea. The ink tanks are cheaper because they don't have the electronics built in and you only replace one color at a time. The problem is the print head clogs after several ink tanks have gone through them. Now, instead of paying $40 for a new ink cartridge with built in print head, you are paying for the ink that is wasted by all the required automatic cleanings, and eventually taking the printer to the repair shop for a new print head (parts and labor average $150) that may fail at any time.
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This came from brothers website:

The Yellow ink cartridge yield is up to 300 pages @ 600 x 150 dpi when printing at 5% coverage on A4 sized paper.
The Magenta ink cartridge yield is up to 300 pages @ 600 x 150 dpi when printing at 5% coverage on A4 sized paper.
The Cyan ink cartridge yield is up to 300 pages @ 600 x 150 dpi when printing at 5% coverage on A4 sized paper.
The Black ink cartridge yield is up to 350 pages @ 600 x 150 dpi when printing at 5% coverage on A4 sized paper.

so it appears that what you are experiencing is not normal and you may have a leaking printer.

There is one thing you can check though, everytime you print, make sure that you are not printing at the highest quality option selectable as this almost certainly will fire out more ink than regular printing... choose a middle quality option or even draft option if you will be printing regular text.

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