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Black jet not printing

I'm having trouble getting the black jet to print. The other colors are fine. I've aligned the print head, cleaned, deep cleaned, and done a nozzle check. The ink level is full and I've made sure the head is properly seated.

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  • JimPitt Apr 13, 2008

    I had a similar problem with the black ink not fully printing. I installed a new driver from the Canon USA web site for my Windows 98 system and it solved my problem. I don't know why it worked, but it did. Thanks.

  • Anonymous May 09, 2008

    Oddly, my S520 doesn't even know that I took the black ink cartridge out! It thinks every this fine, and runs a sheet through, but it comes out blank (except for colors).

  • Anonymous May 14, 2008

    cartrige is full but still won't print in black....the machine says it is full but no change.....



    how much does a new driver cost?

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Re-install the driver and see. bye

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If white stripes are noticeable
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