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YELLOW INK LOSE

I put in a brand new ink cartridge but it runs out after a a couple of pages printing ink loss but i don't now how. Can you help please.Many than ks

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Take all carts out. Have a close look into the cart holder. If you have lost ink it will be beneath the cart holder! That might be because the cart holder leaks. You need a new cart holder then. You have to open the printers top cover, carefully take the holder out, clean the bottom of printer and replace the holder with a new one.

This happens sometimes because the glue which fastens the foil (this is the bottom of the holder!) lost its adhesivness.

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