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We are trying to get our iP90 printer to print. We have cleaned the print head, replaced both black & color ink. We have done a deep cleaning several times, cleaned with alchol & cotton q-tip. Printer will only print in color. No black. What do we do now?

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Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent inkdrying out in the print head nozzles.
If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages,then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive.
It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer thanreplace the print head.

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