shows full cartridge but red does not print.

April 26, 2012 at 16:49:30
Specs: Windows XP
red does not print. shows full color cartridge but red does not print. all other colors do. thought it was the cartridge so put a new one in but the second one does the same thing

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#1
April 26, 2012 at 17:10:11
I guess if you are careful and you have to ammonia based window cleaner you could try to clean the area that is supposed to print. Best to use a lint free cloth and be sure not to touch the end with your fingers. Just wipe it a few times with ammonia window cleaner. Put the cleaner on the rag and dab off the dried ink.

This does make some assumptions. Worse comes to worse is you have to get a new printer.

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#2
April 26, 2012 at 21:08:06
Use the printer's head cleaning feature, but if it is that bad, you may need to do it 3 or more times.
On one printer I found that cleaning with a good rubbing alcohol with Q-Tips worked well where ink dried to allow printing.
On another I found that electrical contacts on the ink cartridge and the contacts that mate with the cartridge, needed cleaning occasionally with the rubbing alcohol and Q-Tips since ink would somehow get there.
On another, the print heads need replacing every 2 or 3 years.
** on both, make sure you do not leave behind cotton link from the Q-Tips**

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#3
April 27, 2012 at 13:38:09
I work with production IJP's. We use gallons of ink each day. The type of ink we use is similar to most home printers.
The proper clean up fluid is a very slight ammonia and water mix. The exact mix is a trade secret even from msds, Dunno why either.

I have melted ink cartridges with alcohol. It is too strong of a solvent.

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