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I had an almost full black cartridge in my ESP-3 and it stopped printing any black. I put a brand new cartridge in and it printed for half a page and then stopped. I went out and purchased another and it did exactly the same thing. Help! Thanks, Nancy P.s. The color cartridge works perfectly.

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Clean the sensor pads on the cartridge and also on the printer as these can be causing the malfunction .
It pays some times to run a magnet on the cartridge terminals prior to use and during the malfunction as it reset the sensors

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