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Print Color Printer Problem How do I get the proper colors, black or others colors, instead of just gray?

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You probably need to check a few things:
a) What ink cartridges have you installed? You can get a cartridge that's just grey ink.
b) What printer settings have you set up on your PC? If you're only printing in greyscale, this could be the problem. You need to set it to colour printing.

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