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I am getting a strong magenta colour cast, despite thorough cleaning - help

My r320 has developed a strong magenta cast, despite cleaning and also installing a drain bottle to release used ink. I'm at a loss, and I'm also very much a technophobe, so any assistance needs to be in words on one syllable please!

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Re: I am getting a strong magenta colour cast, despite...

I removed both cyan ink cartridges and replaced them with new. The printer worked as expected. I figured one of them was not putting enough ink down.

Later when each of the new cyan (light and dark) ran out, I replaced them with the ones I had removed earlier. I found no problem.

Don't have a clue what was wrong.

Perhaps unrelated, my printer now displays (a month later) and error message to replace internal components. It has been used for several years and is at end of life span, so says the message.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008

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