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Epson C64 printing oddity

My Epson C64 will only print in pink. The real oddity is that when I print the test pattern,I only get the yellow & magenta lines--but on the left side, where the black should be. No black (and no cyan). Any ideas? Thanks!

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Are you sure that there is enough ink in tank? If there is then the head got clogged. You can try one thing open the printer head and soak it in Hydrogen Paroxide(It is available in Medical store) for one night. Then do the maitenace through software(Nozle Cleaning etc.). It will work. But in epson printer 4 times rechagre will almost drain the tank. so be ready to have another set of Ink tank.

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