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My i850 printer has not been used for several years. I just tried to use it on a MacPro running OSX 10.5. It will not print black text but does print black test patterns (though often with vertical lines). Yellow test patterns are very weak. I have run the deep cleaning routine a couple of times and replaced all the ink cartridges to no effect. What next?

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The issue is your heads are dried up. Did you store the printer with ink cartridges installed? What tends to happen from prolonged periods of no use is the ink dries and hardens just under where the cartridge is seated.

You can try taking a Q-Tip with some rubbing Alcohol and clean the heads. You need to be very careful not to push down to hard or let the cotton get pulled into the head area.

Another option is to get a new printer - I've seen them as low as 35 bucks at Target

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