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My Canon i250 won't print a text file in black ink, although it will print in color. When I do a "maintenance check," the black seems to work o.k., and it has no problem printing a PDF file in black ink, as well.
I tried removing and cleaning the print head, replacing the black ink cartridge, but nothing changed.
Is there an affordable way to repair it, or should I just replace the whole printer?
I had this problem also. There were short-term solutions, but nothing worked for any length of time. In the end the only solution was to buy a new printer.
Epson have deliberately built obsolence into these printers. After a pre-determined number of prints, they just stop working. Clever fixes keep them limping on a bit longer, but eventually you have no alternative but to replace them. On principle, you should therefore replace your planned-obsolescence printer with a non-Epson machine. But then you'll be left with your stock of cheap Chinese printer cartridges!
In the 1960s Ralph Nader made his name as a consumer champion by campaigning against US car companies. They used to build in pre-programmed obsolence into your car so that after a certain amount of time you were forced to buy a new one. Just like Epson is doing today.
Posted on Apr 07, 2010
You won't believe this.....
So I removed the print-head, (flip up the guard which holds the ink cartridges, then remove the ink-cartridges, and then pull the holder which is the printed-head toward you a little and it lifts out)
I saw underneath it was a little inky, so I dabbed it with a bit of distilled water on tissue (do that at your own risk cause I don't know what it says in the manual).
Put it back, tried again.... same result... no black ink.
However I then tried another new ink cartridge... the 5th I'd tried.. cheap one I got on ebay.
AND IT WORKED.
I looked at the other black-cartridge boxes I'd tried, and the USE BEFORE DATE = 08.2008
The new one I tried, and the one where it got back to printing black in perfect working order... was USE BEFORE DATE = 05.2010
I think the black ink must have dried up in my older cartridges... but I honestly had expected them to last out a bit longer past their USE BEFORE date.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
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