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Printer Problem color inks are empty, but I have a full cartridge of black. It seems as if it won't print until I replace the red, blue and yellow cartridges.

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You are correct. You must replace ANY cartridge that the machine reports as empty to be able to print.

Posted on Mar 15, 2007

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