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Print head moves but no ink is delivered

I've just got my ip4300, set it up, installed the print head and the ink: went to print a test page - the print head whizzes up and down as though its printing but the paper comes out blank. I've tried all the troubleshooting (eg has the plastic wrapping been removed from the ink tank air hole etc) but i'm getting nowhere. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks

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Re: Print head moves but no ink is delivered

Try cleaning nozzles.
Mr.Musculo is very helpfull - put the print head in warmed solution (35 grad.celsius)

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Does it just spool the page, or does the head move as if it is trying to print something ?


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3. Blow compressed air with straw attachment into screens where the cartridge nozzle sits on printhead. then let it sit and dry.

4. reinstall print test page

5. if this fails open paint/photoshop and print a page of the color that is not printing correctly. rinse and repeat until colors flow freely.

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