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Rx600 my black ink not working even with new ink. The rest of the ink is printing fine. I have cleaned the heads. Still not working.

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    I have the same problem but with both magenta cartridges?

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Here is a link to the Epson printer RX600 support page which has downloads of latest printer drivers for your unit.
Did you remove any type of protective material that may be on the cartridge before installation?

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