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Black ink Hi I have been printing fine with the r200 but the black ink has suddenly stopped completely. I have cleaned the heads put in new cartages and still nothing. The other colures are fine!!! Just the black.

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  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2007

    Same problem, just with the dark cyan cartridge...

  • Namuna Dec 21, 2007

    Same situation here. I've got the R200 as well. I'm using Generic brand stuff, but it's been working fine for me all this time (was working fine just a couple of days ago.

    Now it won't print black whatsoever, even after putting in a brand new black cartridge.

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I had a similar problem with the r320 epson
I found that it had blocked.

this works well to clear the head
1 switch on the printer with the cover open
2 as the cartridge head moves away from its docked position pull the mains plug.
3it is then possible to slide the head to the left .
4 there is a square of flet on the right the head would normally be over, add a squirt of mr muscle bathroom cleaner on the pad ( main off)
5plug the printer back in and the head will return the the docked position.
6 leave for and hour or 6 then try to print

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