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I changed the black in cartridge in my Lexmark printer with a lexmark #16 black ink cartridge(which I have done many times. It didn't print black Colors do print). I figured the cartridge was defective so I bought another one and installed it. This does't work either. Help Please!

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Wweluvgolf, sometimes after you remove the protective tap from the ink cartridge, it leaves behind tape residual. Suggest you clean the ink cartridge's copper contacts with alcohol & cotton swabs. (No dripping alcohol). Do not clean the bottom of the ink cartridge. Also clean the copper contacts in the carriage. Allow all to dry. Reassemble & try printing a test page.
In the future keep your recipts when buying ink. From time to time you will buy a bad cartridge. With the recipt you'll be able to exchange it for another (free). Always store ink in it's upright posistion.

If this did not help please let me know & post the model number of the printer.

Luck!
Mike

Posted on Apr 19, 2008

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