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I have replaced all the ink cartridges, but it will not allow me to copy. It tells me "replace ink- near empty cyan, near empty mgent, and ink empty yellow" I usually only copy with the black ink anyway. What can I do without replacing all the ink cartridges that are already full?

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Try unplugging the printer, waiting a few minutes and replugging it back in.

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Unplug unit. Remove offending cartridge. Plug unit back in, wait until all startup noises have stopped. Open lid and reinstall cartridge. This will solve the fault as long as the sensor is working.

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