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The tri color keeps flashing, won't print

The tri color flashes along with the x light. I've refilled both cartridges,turned off and unplugged the printer, cleaned cartridge heads, nothing works, Tri color light still blinking and printer won't print anything, not even a diagnostic page. Anyone have a magical solution? I need to print a document asap. Thanks

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Put the printer through its cleaning cycle as the jets may be blocked

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  2. If there is no computer message, look at the Start Copy lights - if the Black Start Copy light is blinking, the cartridge on the right is the problem cartridge.
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