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Printer is not printing text

The printer has full ink and paper and is registering that it needs to print, but it prints no text just plain paper.

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If the printer was unused for a week or 2 the print heads are clogged with dried up ink. You can use the maintainance tab for the printer for cleaning and nozzle check or the program below. I have been using it for several years.

This is a utility to manage your ink. Gives an accurate count of how many ink shot are left in each cartridge. The printer just told me I need a new magenta but this program says I have 13% left. It also has sepparate routines for cleaning the black and color (unfortunately not individual cartridges) and a powerful clean cycle when they are really cogged.
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