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The cartridge is either empty or defective

Posted on Mar 19, 2011

  • miketh May 17, 2011

    There is more to it than that. The cartridge is new and the results are the same with the old cartridge. It is highly unlikely that 2 cartridges are defective.

  • char_machado Aug 24, 2011

    My printer is doing the same thing - not printing any black ink - only color, replaced black ink cartridge twice...Any advice?

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