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Just had to deal with this problem and it fixed the issues. while the printer is on, open the service door you use when changing the ink. when the ink goes to the right side of the printer, you will see something slide back and forth to the front and back of the printer..this is the printer head. close the door and turn the printer off. the ink will return to the left side of the printer. while the printer is off, reopen the service door. the printer head is free sliding, so reach in and pull it to the front. watch out, there may be lots of loose ink in there. use a windex type solution on a paper towel to wipe down the plastic flippers. i did this a couple of times because i got tons of ink off the first time. i don't know if the printer head comes out, but i didn't want to chance it, and it worked just fine this way. hope it helps.

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Gave it a good clean out clean under where the inks site.

Some times it needs a good clean up but this is up to you if you want to do this I put down here. But after you don this prime the printer so it gets the inks back in the heads, it may take a little time for the inks to work.

Ok it got to be the heads blockage
There is fluid cleaner for this but I can never find any in the shops the only ones I seen is when they sell them in Tesco but they come in with the ink refill bottles so I just use worm water by it self on a cloth and dabbing on the heads to clean them, it will not harm the heads but not to much water.

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It worth a try it worked for me more than ones.

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