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Lexmaekx1240 bought a new color ink because it was empty. black is low but not empty when i installed the new ink the alignment page prints out with missing lines and no black

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Even with out the Black cartridge installed the X1240 should use the color cart to make a "composite" black. I would suggest calling Technical support to troubleshoot that issue ad get you to test the cart itself

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