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carl Reis Posted on May 31, 2007
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Hp 5550 Hi while inserting a new color ink cartrige into my HP 5550 printer, the little peg at the back of the latch that pushes the cartrige back into place broke off. Where can i buy that latch and is it easy to replace. thanks, CR

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