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Changing ink cartridge

After changing black ink cartridge "no cartridge" message shows up. I am using Brother product and have taken out cartridge and replaced it several times but doesn't help.

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Did you secure the latches when reinstalling the cart? You should hear a clicking sound.

If you had used generic carts before it might be that the cart led control circuit can be stained with splashed ink. This cant be fixed anymore. you need a new cart holder!

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