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One color MAGENTA will not print at all even after I have tried deep cleaning the color heads 4 times and it is a new cartridgeand I have bought another new cartridge and tried that with no result.

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  • norml5 Nov 12, 2010

    It is most helpful since I had already bought (yesterday) a new printer a Canon 5220 but was not convinced that I had done the right thing. In other words I thought maybe there was something more I could have done to fix the problem. Thank you so much. This is the first time ever I have sought a solution on the internet.
    THANK YOU AGAIN

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When a inkjet printer has not been used for some time the print head can become blocked and replacing printer cartridge will not fix the problem.
If deep cleaning did not help, then the only solution is to replace the print head.
NOTE - replacement print heads are not cheap, it may be cheaper in the long run to upgrade to a newer and better printer.

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