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Black cartridge not activating properly

My printer will not register the newly bought, newly installed black ink cartridge. The colour part prints fine, but the black does not show on the capacity meter and when I print the black print is almost unreadably faint and sometimes also blurred.

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  • beans1 May 25, 2008

    printing light gray and half letters like ink is low, have tried two new



    cartridges, same thing

  • Zab27 Jun 24, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem as Jaspe except that the printer prints a blank page. When I first replaced the cartridge, it printed one page perfectly well and the capacity meter showed the cartridge as full. Now the capacity has inexplicably fallen to one quarter full. The colour cartridge which I replaced at the same time seems to be working OK.

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There's a blue protective strip on the bottom of the cartridge when you buy it, and it needs to be removed before you put the cartridge in the printer.

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