Question about Canon PIXMA MP600 all-In-One InkJet Printer

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Poor color printing

Several weeks ago I encountered the problem that others described regarding the cyan cartridge not being recognized. After installing two different new cyan cartridges, it now recognizes that I have a full cartridge in that slot.

However, I cannot print a color document. Black and white documents print fine. Instead of solid blocks of color I get stripes of color alternating with white for all three ink colors. I've tried running the clean nozzles and the deep cleaning using the printer utility (I use a Mac) to no avail.


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  • percolate Sep 14, 2008

    Sorry to sound stupid, but how do I remove the print head to soak it?

  • percolate Sep 14, 2008

    Sounds like I'm going to need a technician-the bands of color are very regular.

    Thanks for the information on how to remove the printhead-I'll try that tonight and if it doesn't help, then I'll see about getting the printer repaired.


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MP600 Easy fix for unrecognized ink cartridge The PIXMA MP600 can print or copy up to 30 ppm in black and up to 24 ppm in color, and a 4" x 6" borderless print takes about 28 seconds. The USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface enables the fastest image transfers and scanning speeds possible today. Plus, with direct photo printing, just connect to any PictBridge compatible digital camera or DV camcorder, a ...[More]nd print. You can even download images directly off of CompactFlash, Micro Drive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD and MultiMedia Cards. It's IrDA interface provides wireles capabilities as well. Plus, the MP600's Easy-Scroll Wheel makes operation so much easier, and the 2.5" TFT display lets you preview images in high definition before printing.The unit's 5-color ink system - four dye-based inks plus a pigment-based black ink - produces exceptional photos, along with laser-quality text. Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses a high-performance 3,584-nozzle print head that ejects precise and consistent. With that, you get outstanding resolutions up to 9600 x 2400 color dpi and clear, detailed images. When scanning photos, you'll produce brilliant 2400 x 4800 dpi scans with intense 48-bit color depth. Its copier reduces and enlarges between 25 and 400 percent, while featuring Borderless, AE (Auto Exposure), 4 on 1, 2 on 1, Fit-to-Page, Image Repeat, Auto Magnification, Fading Correction, Multiple Copy: 1-99 pages, Face Brightener and Dual Color Gamut Processing technology. To further increase productivity, the MP600's built-in 2 sided printing saves time and paper.
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    MP600 Easy fix for unrecognized ink cartridge

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How about a standalone copy ? does it have the same output ?

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It means that the printer is not spraying properly all colors.

If the bar are regular, that means that the printhead is blocking the spry at regular times intervals.

Sometimes this problems is related to the printhead.

You find out if it is a faulty printhead by removing it, leaving in in isopropyl alcohol overnight or replacing it.

If printhead is fine then it is a problem with the control board.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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    Ginko Sep 14, 2008

    On many Pixma model there is a small lever to the right of the ink carriage, often it is grey in color, that will unlock the printhead.

    Once you free it.

    If the problem is with the printhead, the wrong color sprayed will be irregular. If you get very regular color bands, it is more likely the control board.

    If you get vertical bands with no color , then can also be the traction system (motor traction belt).

    The printhead is the only fault that is easy to fix at user level, the rest will need a technician.


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