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Printed gray looks pink

When I try to print in grayscale, the grays end up looking pinkish.  I cant find a way to access the levels of pigments that are printed to achieve "gray".  What can I do to fix this?

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  • Kelsey k Jan 28, 2008

    I've already changed all of the ink and done all of the allignment prints and cleaning things that are offered in the settings of my printer.

  • Kelsey k Feb 26, 2009

    I already checked the cartridges and they are all the correct ones for my printer

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You likely have installed a "Photo Cyan" or "Photo Magenta" color cartridge instead of a "Cyan" or "Magenta" cartridge (6PC vs. 6C, for example). Check to make sure each cartridge is the correct cartridge for your printer.

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Maybe the print heads need cleaning?

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