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My red ink will not come out

My red ink won't come out, I was told I needed a purge, as the telephone support line had me try everything and this is the last shot I have. I voided my warranty when I filled my ink cartridges with ink from the local ink spot, and cannot afford to pay a tech to service my printer. Help!

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  • Broke Guy Dec 13, 2007

    The purge did not resolve my problem, but I at least know what is the most likely issue. Thanks for your timely response, Mix-it-up.



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The big prob with generic ink is that some additives are missing which are needed to keep the ph working.

try this:
press menu then start bk copy then 4 times arrow up. machine will be in maintenance mode. press 7 then 6 then 4 then OK or start bk copy. machine will supply fresh ink to tubes and ph. when finished press 7 then 6 then 3 then ok or start bk copy. machine will run a power purge. leave maintenance afterwards by pressing 9 then 9. Do run a test print by pressing ink etc.

If there is still no mag. the valve or part of the ph is rotten and cant be fixed anymore!

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