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Won't print in black

Ran out of black refill a few weeks ago.I have just loaded a new black cartridge, but it won't print black text.

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Re: won't print in black

Unplug your printer and reinstall the drivers. Your printer is sending data to your computer saying that you are still out of black ink. By rebooting and also re installing your drivers it will reset its self. Or you can pull your color ink and see if it reconizes the black with out it. There also may be a problem with your black shuttle depending how long you were with out black ink it could of dried the surface that helps extrude ink from the bottom of the ink cartriage. I have found never let a ink cartriage ever run completely dry before you buy a new one.. A little wastefull maybe but it can save you in the long run.

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I reloaded the normal ink filled cartridge and ran the '8' page again till I got good black output. It has now been working without problem, daily, for over a week. Clearly if it's a Magenta only problem, the cleaning as described above would be a bit different, as the magenta is one of 4 colour cartridges.
My printer does quite a lot of work, and was bought at least a couple of years ago, being used daily for alpha numeric and photo printing work. This was the first difficulty I experienced with it.
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