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I have been using a Canon BJC4300 for years. Love it!. I only use the black BC-20 cartridge. Have used both Canon and various off brands with no problem. Recently replaced it with a Focus brand. The printer works but no ink comes out. They sent a replacement, same brand, but still no luck. It was working fine before the other head ran out of ink. Should I try the direct Canon replacemnt or is there other problems?

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Sometimes the printhead itself gets clogged. You can remove it with the green lever to the right of it. Take both cartridges out, take the printhead alone and soak it in lukewarm water for an hour. Rinse when done. You will likely see lots of black ink in the water that has been softened and removed from the printhead. Blow excess water off or leave it to dry. Put known good cartridges back in and you should be ready to go. Done this many many times.

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