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Lexmark 1200 does not recognize black ink

Installed new blank ink cartridge and will not print in black...yes, did take off the tape at the bottom. Help

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  • Handsoffate Mar 10, 2008

    New Lexmark x1290 printer. VISTA 64 OS. New 2.0 USB cord.

    BLACK simply wont work. Tape is off. REbooted, installed new lexmark vista 64 drivers (from lex site), waited for prompt b4 putting in usb cord, fully installed.



    There IS inc in the black cart as I saw it come out when cotton was pressed next to the btm (qtip).



    There were some warning signs during installation but I think it is normal (Vista auto installed shut down by the lexmark driver installation)

    "Generic USB HUB Ready to use

    X1200 series Wizard cancelled by user

    Lexmark 1200 series Wizard cancelled by user"



    This thing works FINE if I tell it there is NO black inc cartridge....but there is, and I dont want to pay for more expensive inc to find out if thats the problem (1/2 the cost of the printer = black inc cart)

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That's good..after replacing a cartridge, it's highly recommend to do a clean and re calibrate...you can do this from front panel.

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