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I have installed the new magenta ink and it still only prints yellow, green and blue. How do I get it to print with all colors?

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A clogged head will overflow into the adjacent head. I have gone through several pixma printers because I used inexpensive, but inferior aftermarket inks. I learned the hard way to use only genuine Canon ink. For some reason, Canon printers are more sensitive to aftermarket ink than other brands.

Try soaking the print head in a solution of water and alcohol in a jewelry cleaner or laboratory sonicator

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