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Cartridges replaced,not printing colors

I replaced black cartridges a few days ago. Printer worked. Replaced all 3 color cartridges today and will not print in color. Black print is barely legible. Not very printer savvy. Thanks for any assistance!!!

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Are you using compatible cartridges? If so have you used them before?

Make sure that you run a cleaning cycle in the printer and then print out a test sheet to see if there any issues. You may have to run the cleaning proces 2 or 3 times to get it working properly.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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We can figure this out and get you fixed if you are willing to work through this with me.

First, I need to know just a few things.

Lets start with how your printer is connected to your computer. Is this connected using a USB cable? Forgive me, but I'm not sure what your level of knowledge is so I don't me to patronize you. A USB cable is small and round. A paralelle cable is much thinker and round and connects to the pinkish red port on your computer whereas the USB inserts into a thin rectangular plug.

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