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Canon i250 won't print in black

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?

Thanks

Steven

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  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    My printer also won't print in black even with new cartridge etc. can it be repaired or is the cost not worth it.



  • Anonymous Oct 28, 2008

    Mine too .- it will not print out in black but colour seemed OK.

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    same ****

  • Art miller Mar 02, 2009

    Suddenly neither cartridge will print on the i250.



    Even new cartridges won`t print.



    Please help. Urgent!

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    PRINTER WILL NOT PRINT BLACK USING ANY PROGRAMME.

    I AM ABLE TO PRINT SAVED WORK IN ANY COLOUR BUT BLACK.

    I HAVE CHANGED THE BLACK INK AND CARRIED OUT THE MAINTENANCE BUT IT WILL NOT PRINT BLACK WHEN UNDER TEST.

  • kissit929 Mar 30, 2009

    Damn it !!!!!!

    Same problem here. Won't print black. Will print color.

    I've tried 4 new color black cartridges - and same result - won't print in black.

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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.

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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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