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I have recently bought new ink for my brother mfc 255cw. While it was running low ink, it would print out copies colored purple. even though I have already purchased and replaced all the ink cartridges, it still is coming out as purple. I just want to print out a copy of my document in black ink.

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I would suspect your inkjets are blocked Black and blue =purple so the other colors are blocked up Use the nozzle cleaning function to try and remove the clog Run nozzle check after cleaning mode till all colors print correctly

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Check your cartridges& also check cartri... jointing place & clean it.other one go to control panal printer setting colour manage

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