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    ink cartridge

    I have a DeskJet 560C with an empty black ink cartridge. I filled it was a needle through the top and it still won't produce any ink. Am I correct in the way I filled the cartridge?

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    Re: ink cartridge

    Sounds like it, yes - but if the ink in the nozzle has dried up, you might not get results anyway. Try running the nozzle cleaner that should be in the printer's software. Also, keep in mind that the heads on inkjet cartridges wear out so after five or so fills, you may start having printing problems anyway.
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    Re: ink cartridge

    I've had an HP cartridge that hadn't been used for while stop working because of the ink drying up. Running the head under the hot water tap until colour started to run in the water did the trick. Make sure it's well dried off before re-installing it, though!
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    Re: ink cartridge

    The funny thing about is, the black ink flows when I touch it with a cleaner.

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    Re: ink cartridge

    The electrical contacts on the cartridge may be shot, or at least not clean. You can try cleaning those contacts with a q-tip and some isopropyl alcohol to see if it changes things...as with Sparky's suggestion for tap water, just make sure it's dry before you plug it back in. If that doesn't work, then you probably need to replace it.
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    Re: ink cartridge

    Sounds like dried ink on nozzles or contacts to me. To add to Marks' post, I would suggest cleaning BOTH the cartridge and the mating areas where the cartridge plugs in. I would NOT use q-tips since they are cotton and can leave strands behind. A type of q-tip is available that has high density foam tips instead of cotton and are the same that should be used on video (VCR) heads. Also tap water is OK, (not alcohol) IF you are in an area without too much mineral content in the water. (it's safer to use distilled water, if possible) Make sure everything is dry, then run the printer maintenance software.

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