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Ink jets clog after periods of non-use

I do not use the printer as often as I used to. Recently I replaced both cartridges because they would not release ink. Here I am again after a long period of no printing and the indicator shows that the cartridges are 3/4 full and the only ink being released is red. My brother thinks the inljets are clogged; but after several "clean nozzle" procedures the red ink is still the only color except for a little grey. Help!

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You need to run inkjet printers regularly. I expect your brother is right - for once?

If you can't get them clean, replace the cartridges, and print a test sheet at least, every week or so.

You may get away by standing the bottom of the cartridges in windex, or other mild solvent, for a couple of hours. It may save a few teaspoonfuls of ink, but the initial prints will be rubbish ;-)

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