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Printer will print color but will not print black. ink has been replaced

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Sometimes the head of the cartridge may take some "persuading" to get flowing. Run the printers head cleaning procedure, if this does not work use the method in the link below.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r3986425-unblock_print_heads
Hope this helps,
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Posted on Apr 09, 2011

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First try with a new cartridge original canon,if the problem persist you need to replace or clean (wash) the purge unit.The purge unit is on the rigth of the printer,you must unzip the printer to reach the purge unit.If i have been useful please give me a vote :).Thanks

Posted on Apr 09, 2011

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