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If the printer suffered a period of disuse (of the black ink at least), esp. if it was turned Off for over 10 days, there is a procedure that may help:
1. Clean the (black) printhead.
2. Wait 1/2 hour to several hours or overnight, leaving the printer On but unused (no print jobs, etc.)
This allows waste ink to soak into the printhead and hopefully dissolve dried ink etc.
3. Clean the printhead a second time.
4. Wait again (as in step 2 above) for 1/2 hr. to several hrs., printer On but unused.
5. Clean the printhead a third time.
Then test whether black ink is showing up at all in prints at this point. If it is, even faintly, then repeating this procedure will (eventually, at the cost of a certain amount of ink wasted in the process) clear up the clogged printhead.
After that fails, if it does fail, what you need to do is to decide whether replacing the printhead (which will cost something considerable, more than you would think usually) is better, given the printer's age, or whether it would be more preferable for you to replace the printer altogether with a new one (and hopefully recycle the old printer, always a good idea.)
So try the triple-cleaning-with-wait-times that I recommended, and get back to me if it doesn't work for you (so I can advise you further...)... or if it does help (- I always like to hear that something I recommended has worked!)
Thank you for letting me know there was another Expert advising you.
You only have to pay for the advice that helps you, I think.
I see the other Expert has advised cleaning the contacts. That's good advice in many cases.
But my advice also applies, if you now get only light black on the page... the sort of cleaning cycle is advise you to do, is done through the 'Maintenance' section of your printer's software (if you need guidance as to where to look for that, just let me know and I will provide instructions), and is good for 'light ink on the page' problems.
I'm glad to hear that, if it helps.
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