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Won't print except really faint color

I just bought all new ink for my printer and it won't print. I've cleaned the print heads, did test prints and even changed the black ink again! I don't know what to do...

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  • csoldfield Aug 30, 2008

    All ink cartridges reasonably full, black quit printing, yielding really faint text. 6 colors still fine. New black cartridge did not fix. Cleaning did not fix. Barely a year old. Any suggestions?

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Finally - continued to do further print head cleaning (about 6 times, included 2nd level) and finally started printing black again.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008

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    Most likely culprit is a dried up ink within the nozzles themselves. The best things for getting rid of dried ink in the nozzles is to use either a standard bathroom cleaner or rubbing alcohol. With the printer on open the door as if you were replacing ink. With the ink cartidges visable, unplug the printer so they stay put. Remove the cartridge and spray the cleaner in the where the ink is taking from the cartridge and clean it with whatever works. I really really good trick is if you have an old cartridge you can use a syringe to fill up the empty cartridge with your cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol. Insert the cartridge and run some test prints. This will for sure run the cleaner through the nozzle and hopefully dissolve the blockage.

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