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My black large black ink cartridge is not printing. (BcI-3ebk) I have done all the cleaning suggestions and put in a new cartridge. Still nothing..

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Unfortunately you have a blocked defective printhead. You could try removing the ink cartridges, remove the head and then dip the tip of the head into hot water for a minute or two. Dry the head, re install and run cleaning cycle again.
This does not work very often. You probably will need a new printhead and they cost more than a new printer.

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