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Printer prints blank pages, have changed and installed new ink cartridges. wen through the head cleaning cycle bunch of times no luck. Any suggestions in fixing this?

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Are you using Generic Cartridges? Pls See Below
I'm saying the same below!
By mclamemo on Nov 12, 2009 " " re: C84 I'm using generic ink, but the red doesn't work at all. I've done all the printer cleaning programs and swabbed inside the printer with alcohol, and re-inserted the cartridge multiple times. it still doesn't print at all.

Also now even the black every few lines prints the top half of the line or the bottom half of the line, or its smeared, etc...
Help! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I have learned from experience, that Epsonprinter prints blank pages, have changed and - 2.gif does not like generic ink. You must use Epson Genuine Cartridges. Hopefully, you haven't screwed up the printer, like I did. I did try cleaning the heads and doing everything possible. Use 2 cartridges of ech set, for cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. ......But Nothing.
Had to go out and purchase a new printer.;
Good Luck :0(
Comments: Nov 12, 2009- Funny. hahahahah,
Me too! I would say, about 2 dozen cartridges to be exact.

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Asker's Testimonial " Thank you. Called Epson also and they didn't say it as directly, but advised real Epson ink too. Hope I didn't kill the printer! Generic ink for sale " - mclamemo

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