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I cleaned the printer head, installed new cartridges, and run the maintenance several times, but it still won't print evenly and the red does nont print at all. What else can I do?

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    Michael Grey May 11, 2010

    Remove the print head and inks.Soak head in a solution of 10-20%ammonia in warm water.Let sit for 60 minutes. Dry off completely and re-install.Do a nozzle check and if magenta is now coming out you need to run a deep cleaning. Check again.If not I do have a new head.

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I soaked my print head in rubbing alcohol for about 10 minutes. I dried it off well. It works fine at this time.

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The print head may clogged or defective. Replace it.

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