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Removing empty cartridge Epson color 640

The cartride's are both empty however the empty light prompt is not lit. When holding the cartrige button for 3 secs it will only preform a print head cleaning but will not stop the carriage to allow cartridge replacement. Help!

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I replaced both ink in printer and ran cleaner etc, still won't print, on deadline for church project

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