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Printer prints in colour but not in black ink

Changed cartridge and printer now will not print in black...other colours print ok... no error msg, says cartridge is full... Dell a940 printer... please help

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    it is a new cartridge and it is indicated that the cartridge is full

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Did you chech if the clack cartridge is empty or not..?

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