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Mac OS 10.6.4, new driver Gutenprint 5.2.3 and new set of ink cartridges. Printer goes through motions to print, paper is blank - a test page had a very faint blue image but nothing else. I can't get the head cleaner, either.

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  • thomashub719 Aug 26, 2010

    New driver doesn't work - symptoms as per original description persist.

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Download a new driver which maybe updated ( they are free)
It may print as new again
I have tried this on a few with the same symptoms and it did do the job to correct this problem

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