When I try to print, the black ink and the yellow ink won't appear on the paper (except in small dashes and spots). I have tried using the nozzle head cleaning utility several times as well as the printer head alignment. The remaining ink levels say that both black and yellow are almost full. What gives? At times, black or yellow will print out as blue, other times it doesn't work at all. Magenta appears to be the only thing working correctly, and weirdly, this cartridge is the one with the least ink left. I don't know what to do. I have had this printer for at least five years - is it just running out of gas?
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Re: Ink Cartridge Problem?
Epson printers, such as the one you have, use fixed print heads. This results in a lesser cost for a cartridge each time you buy one, but the down side is that they are prone to clogging. I have wrestled with Epson printers for a long time and have salvaged some that are unable to be rescued by using the head cleaning utility, but I would not suggest it for the average user. My advise would be to start looking for another printer that meets your needs since to repair this one would cost more than it is worth. After 5 years of use I would count my blessings since I have seen them go bad even sooner.
P.S.- If you really feel brave and have totally given up on trying to use the head cleaning utility, you can google for more advanced/aggressive methods of clearing clogged heads on an Epson printer. Good Luck.
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The ink leaves the ink-cartridge, and should flow through the ink-jets to be sprayed onto the paper.
If some of the ink-jets are clogged (blue, red) and some of the ink-jets are fine (black, yellow),
then you need to run a few "print-head-cleaning" cycles, to try to unclog those ink-jets.
Hold a piece of tissue under the ink jets and see if the tissue draws ink out of the cartridge. If not the cartridge is blocked or empty. If ink does come out there may be a faulty contact on the cartridge or printer. Try swap out the cartridge with a known working one and see if that works.
Sorry, steve, that you are experiencing this problem.
According to canon.com's website regarding the i9900 InkJet Photo Printer:
Why color ink may be used when printing in black and white
Even when printing in black and white, color ink is used for the following reasons:
Automatic cleaning of the print head.
To prevent the print head nozzles from clogging, the print head is automatically cleaned periodically. At that time, a small amount of each color ink is consumed.
Therefore, although printing in black and white is performed, color ink is also consumed.
Color inks may be used to create black.
When printing in grayscale or on photo paper or when duplex printing, although printing appears in black and white, the color black may be created using the three (cyan, magenta, and yellow) color inks. Printers without a pigment black tank / cartridge will print black / grayscale will create a composite black using color ink even on plain paper.
Therefore, although printing in black and white is performed, color ink may be consumed.
In order to keep the heavy black ink from smearing on the page or in the printer, color ink is used when duplex printing to help create black text.
I might suggest taking out the color ink cartridges leaving only black there, but some printers don't take kindly to this. So, you may have to further experiment with magenta, cyan, and yellow to make it at least seem b&w to your best eye's judgment.
whenever you print greyscale what actually happen is that the printer mixes the red, blue and yellow to give the output in gray scale. See if you mix red, blue and yellow ink in the right proportion it gives you very close to black. just try to print your greyscale with your black ink finished you will still get the same print quality as when the black has ink in it. Or find a way seal the nuzzle of the black in and print your greyscale. check what results.
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Now put out u color cartridge and take one tissue paper or toilet paper then put ink color head to paper(soft pressure).after that see u paper are inside show three color appear in paper????(red,yellow and blue).if all have means you cartridge ok if only same or no any coming out means u color ink problem need to replaced new unit.
if got all color out better u open u printer body and check are all cable u plug in back is correct or wrong position??.second u can try go to printer preferences go to find print out in color or in gray-color and change their setting to print out in color
You probably have a plugged print head or the black ink feed is plugged.
Depending on how bad it is you may find it easier or even cheaper to replace the printer.
If this is a ink caused problem you stand a chance of fixing it if you are patient but you might go through half an ink cartridge to get it working, If it is stubborn it can take 20 or 30 cleaning cycles before you see any black. You can try using household vinegar (dissolves the dried ink) on a qtip or lint free paper towel to try to clean the print head. To do this you remove the ink cartridge and very gently rub the towel with the vinegar on the print head. This might require you to move the print head to one side so you can see the actual print area (where the ink comes out). Keep doing this until the towel starts to come clean ie not as much ink coming off. Then run a few print cycles and if this works your printer will print as good as the first day you had it.
The next stage would require filling a old clean ink cartridge with vinegar and running cleaning cycles. Usually can be pretty messy and you should rethink buying a new printer but will really clean things out.
It is also possible that the print head has picked up clay or paper lint from the paper and this has hardened like a cement. That means replacement.
I doubt your printer needs recalibrated. If one color is not printing, check the following :
1. Is the suspect ink tank snapped firmly into place? 2. Did you remove the sealing paper pull tab completely off of the tiny air hole on the cartridge? I've had this happen and found the paper or a small part of it to be still in place which prevented the cartridge from working. 3. Try using the maintenance tab on "control panel" "Printers" "properties" and do a cleaning of the print nozzles. Do a "Print test pattern" procedure to see how your progress is working out. 4. If all fails, try another yellow cartridge. It may be defective