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My printer is not printing out any black ink onto paper. Only the color is printing out onto paper. I put two brand new cartridges in for the black ink and color ink, and it says that the ink levels are completely full, but the black ink still will not print onto any paper. I've tried pulling out the black ink cartridges and repeating the process but it still will not print black ink.

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You need to take it a couple steps further after your test print. Sounds like your print heads need cleaning or your cartridge may need aligning. It’s best to do this each time you install a new cartridge. for more information….... http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-40171-printer-not-printing-black

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