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Cyan ink was full - now it's empty a day later?

Hi, i read that you couldn't print at all with this unless every ink cartridge was there and full. i replaced the black ink cartridge, now all of them are full. i printed one small image, added photo paper for a new print and all of a sudden cyan ink is empty. how is this possible?! it was on full level and now it's all gone..

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