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Printers will start to use more ink over time, this is due to the tiny ink nozzles heating up, and the openings slightly expanding.
There are a few things we can do.. Such as telling the printer to print colors in black and white only.. ( use this setting when your printing documents that you do not
want to use color.. As even a black and white document will use color if the text has even the slightest hinit of grey in it )
Also, we should update the printers internal firmware.. The software inside that tells it how to put ink on paper, and how much ink to use.
You can download and install the update from the link below.http://support.en.kodak.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17438/selected/true
Now, as far as the mass of black ink. Thats a normal condition if you have printed around 2 to 3 thousand pages.. You probably just need to remove the ink tanks and printhead, and then thoroughly clean the printer.
However, that mess of black ink could also be a sign that you have a leaky black cartridge..
What I would do, is clean the printer thoroughly, and then have the printer perform a printhead cleaning as well.
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