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Paper handling problem

The two fingers that push out the paper do not get sit down during printing or "set up" mode. The result is that the ink carriage hits these fingers as it travels (causing quite a racket. If it does feed the paper these fingers stick up through the paper preventing both the further feeding of the paper and travel of the ink carriage. Is there a solution?? Thanks

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Re: paper handling problem

I don't know if it happen anytime while it prints, but once I turn it off then turn it on again those fingers sit down just like before and everything is fine, hope that will work 4 u

Posted on Sep 15, 2006

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Why does the printer use one black cartridge and not the other? Is there some way of instructing it to use the left hand one too?

the pixma printers use the large black tank in most modes like text and standard (default) or fast photo printing .. thats most economical when you are using just plain paper .... it will switch to the small black tank only if you select "High" quality mode .. that black matches the nature of the color inks much better and results in really good color pictures if you are using Gloss or Matt high quality photo paper .. you can select the quality level by the following ... when you start to print, a window comes up where you can select which printer you want ... at the right of this window is "preferences" .. click that .. now select the type of paper and "High" quality mode .... now the printer will slow down but will provide really nice results and it will use the small tank black ink instead of the large tank ....the small tank is only used for "high" quality photo prints which is only needed for high quality photo paper .. if you havent tried that yet you might want to get some glossy photo paper (either Canons or Costco has great stuff if you want a lot, like 150 sheets) but most glossy paper will work except colors might need tweeking for some ... print a nice photo in the high quality mode and you should be really impressed .. and you will be using your small black ink tank .. you might want to make the first few pictures small (2x3 inch) untill you are sure everything is the way you want it .. i usually print in the top left corner first .. then reinsert the same paper and try again right next to that .. i do that until i get the colors perfect .. then i print big .. 5x7 or even 8x10 on a new sheet... the high quality mode can be selected for just plain paper and it will use the special black ink but it doesnt result in a better picture .. so no point in doing that unless you want to experiment .. if you never print high quality photos then you will never use the small tank black ink .. it will still be used up eventually because of normal head cleaning the machine does automatically .. ...
grey scaling does not select the special ink unless you select "High" for the quality setting .. then yes you can print using that small tank black ..again it will buy you a lot if you are using High quality photo paper ... almost nothing for plain paper but at least it will allow you to use that ink .. ..

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Diagnose Canon Pixma Light Blinking Errors


2 times - No paper (ASF) [1000]
* No paper in the cassette [1003]

3 times - Paper jam [1300]
* Paper jam in the rear guide [1303]
* Paper jam in the under guide [1304]
* Front door closed [1250]

4 times - No ink [1600]
* Ink tank not installed [1660]

5 times - The print head is not installed [1401]
* Print head temperature sensor [1403]
* Faulty EEPROM data of the print head [1405]

6 times - Inner cover open [1841]
* Inner cover open (while printing) [1846]
* Inner cover open (printing continuous) [1851]; (printing not continuous) [1856]

7 times - Multiple ink tanks of the same color installed [1681]
* Ink tank in wrong position [1680]

8 times - Warning: The waste ink absorber becomes almost full [1700]

9 times - The digital/video camera does not support Camera Direct Printing [2001]

10 times - Automatic duplex printing cannot be performed (paper size not supported) [1310]

11 times - Failed in automatic print head alignment [2500]

13 times - The remaining ink amount unknown [1683]

14 times - Ink tank not recognized [1684]

15 times - Ink tank not recognized [1410 to 1419]
* No Blinking Access cover open [1200]

16 times - Valve sensor [6C00]


2 times - Carriage [5100]
3 times - Line feed [6000]
4 times - Purge cam sensor [5C00]
5 times - ASF (cam) sensor [5700]
6 times - Internal temperature [5400]
7 times - Waste ink absorber full [5B00]
8 times - Print head temperature rise [5200]
9 times - EEPROM [6800]
11 times - Carriage lift mechanism [5110]
12 times - AP position [6A00]
13 times - Paper feed position [6B00]
14 times - Paper feed cam sensor [6B10]
15 times - USB Host VBUS overcurrent [9000]
17 times - Motor driver [6D00]
18 times - NIC Board [6550]
19 times - Ink tank position sensor [6502]
20 times - Other hardware [6500]
* Alt. Blinking ROM
* Light in Orange RAM

This printer has a service mode for service-related settings and for performing test prints. The operator panel buttons are used to enter the desired service mode.

Service Mode Operations
1. With the printer powered off, hold down the Resume/Cancel button and press the Power button.
2. While holding down the Power button, release the Resume/Cancel button and press the Resume/Cancel button twice in succession. Now release the Power and Resume/Cancel buttons.
3. Select one of the following service mode functions by pressing the Resume/Cancel button the specified number of times.

Count Indicator Functions
• 0 times Green Print head not installed, carriage returns and locks in home position
• 1 time Orange Service test print
• 2 times Green EEPROM information print
• 3 times Orange EEPROM initialization
• 4 times Green Waste ink counter setting
• 5 times Orange Destination setting
• 6 times Green Print head deep cleaning
• 7 times Orange LF correction
• 14 times Green Left margin correction

Execute the selected function (except for model setting) by pressing the Power button. The printer will switch itself off after performing the function.

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How to make duplex copies with a Brother MFC-240C printer

The Brother MFC-240C is a well-performing multifunction color printer. There is a lot that it can do, but one limitation it has is the inability to make double-sided copies. If you need to make a duplex copy of something, you can do it manually by re-feeding the paper once you've copied the first side.

After the first side of the page has been printed, let the paper sit for a minute or so to make sure the ink has dried. Then, put it back into the paper tray on the top of the stack. Make sure the back side of the page (the side that has not been printed on yet) is facing down, and the lead edge of the page (the edge that was fed out of the printer first) is facing toward the inside of the printer, rather than toward you.

Once the paper is set, push the tray back in and print the document or image that you want to appear on the back of the page. If you are printing multiple pages, position the paper so that the page you want printed on first is on the top of the stack.

The MFC-240C was not designed for duplex printing, so you may run into some issues with it, especially when you are using very thick or very thin paper. With very thin paper, the ink may bleed through to the other side of the page. With very thick paper, you may have to let the paper sit for a longer time after the first side is printed, because the ink could take longer to set and dry.

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After a paper jam the ink not setting

If you check the quality of printing by changing the cartridge, then you only have to replace Fuser Unit. Probably that when you remove the sheet (paper jam) fixing deteriorated film oven. Best printer behind the door (rear door) and a flashlight to look to see when you print you can see something broken, a foil. the printer stopped trying to push the fuser - the two blue clamps can not be fixed because of this well and make noise. in most cases breaking a finger to catch the oven (the clip is on the side of the oven gear) so when you change the oven will resolve the problem with noise

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After printing a photo the ink does not set on the photo paper. I can wipe it off and it leaves a substance like soot on my fingers. Why is this? I am using Epson premium glossy photopaper and leaving the...

I'm going to ask the obvious question here. Are you putting the paper in with the right side up?
I haven't got any similar paper here at the moment but I do know that many glossy photopapers look 'glossier' on the back than on the front.
The back is generally impervious and so the ink just sits in its little spheres on the surface and evenutally dries out to a fine powder - the soot you see on your fingers.
If that is not the case post a reply and let's think about other possibilities.

Oct 05, 2009 | Epson Stylus C86 InkJet Printer

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Ink flakes off envelopes. No problems with sheets of laser paper.

High burnier:
Try these settings.
[Paper Type]=
Use this item to configures the fuser mode associated
with each media type.
Change the fuser mode only if you are experiencing
problems printing on certain types of media. After you
select a type of paper, you can select a fuser mode
that is available for that type. The available selections
might include some or all of the following modes:
NORMAL: Used for most types of paper.
HIGH 1: Used for rough paper.
LOW: Used for transparencies.
HIGH 2: Used for paper that has a special or rough
The default fuser mode is NORMAL for all print media
types except transparencies (LOW), and rough paper
(HIGH 1).
Do not change the fuser mode for transparencies.
Failure to use the LOW setting while printing
transparencies can result in permanent damage to
the printer and fuser. Always select Transparencies
as the Type in the printer driver and set the tray type
at the printer control panel to TRANSPARENCY.
When selected, RESTORE MODES resets the fuser mode
for each media type back to its default setting.
Hope this helps

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Canon IPF 8000 does not recognize ink tank

thre was a part of inks that didn't there is no problem of the machine but problem of the chip

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Canon i9950 prints green on photo paper

I had the same problem. Having checked other websites I came across the following which narrowed down the problem to the Photo Cyan / Photo Magenta ink tanks, and replacing the Photo Magenta one (although it was not empty) has successfully resolved the problem. Eveidently ink from the original one was not flowing and so caused the syan cast. (I experimented by subsequently removing the Cyan one which produced prints with Magenta cast)


That post is labeled "Cannon (sic) S9000 Print Head" and concerns a greenish hue error in all print quality levels OTHER THAN plain paper. In other words, all output designated as Photo Paper Pro, Glossy, High Resolution Paper, etc., results in output with enormous and unacceptable levels of green hue. All output designated as "Plain Paper" whether the output actually is on plain paper or photo paper pro, turns out well.

This problem is not unique to the S9000, as I experienced it identically with the S820 and predictably can occur in any printer with the six cartridge print head.

It is a frustrating problem because you know that the printer is physically capable of printing WITHOUT the hue (as it proves to you each time you choose a "plain paper" paper setting.)

Troubleshooting by reinstalling and updating the printer drivers, and uninstalling/reinstalling the ZoomBrowser EX, replacing the ink cartridges, and deep cleaning are all blind alleys.

A call to Canon support solved the problem for me with this simple and important revelation:

The Plain Paper setting is unique in its use of only 4 of the 6 cartridges. In the Plain Paper setting, only the black, cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges are utilized. The Photo Magenta and Photo Cyan are not utilized. In all higher resolution settings, i.e., in all other settings, all 6 cartridges are utilized.

It follows that if one's problem disappears when not using these two Photo cartridges (i.e., when printing at the Plain Paper setting), then the problem lies with these cartridges.

(In my case, I'd loaded a plain "Cyan" cartridge in the "Photo Cyan" slot during earlier trouble shooting and had forgotten to replace it with the proper Photo Cyan cartridge.)

Problems with magenta hues would admit of the same solution.

Hope that helps anyone else out there tearing out their hair trying to troubleshoot this. "

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Can you advise me as to what the problem is with my NEC Superscript 1800

I have had a duplexing 1800 for some years during which all went well until about 6 months ago, when I could no longer duplex, having .received the message "duplex paper jam." Being a nosey engineer, I looked into the back and found a small, delicate plastic "finger" lying thereabout. Upon further nosing, including removal of a metal cover, I found the plastic device, off of which I was able to establish that the finger was broken. More recently, in attempting to establish a glue-on replacement to the broken finger, I demolished the item of which it was originally a part. Now, as an engineer for 55 years, I have come to look for the cause from which the effect derives; i.e., how come the plastic
finger broke off of the plastic part, and what was the role of the plastic part in allowing duplex printing or blocking it. After many blinding reflections, I came to the conclusion that the broken-off finger extended into the paper path for duplex printing and, from proper paper movement, signalled the printer control to allow backside printing of that sheet of paper. Absent the broken-off finger and the enabling signal, the printer stopped and produced the "duplex paper jam" message. I have not sought to locate and define other such "plastic finger" paper-sensing devices through which the printer's control monitors paper routing for one-side printing and for duplex printing. Suffice it to say that, in my bailing wire approach to fixing things, I apparently have further limited my printer to no printing at all and am facing its replacement. Anyone want a crippled NEC 1800? It is yours for the shipping and handling costs, and I will throw in my remaining inventory of powder-ink cartridges.

Dec 18, 2007 | NEC SuperScript 1800 Laser Printer

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Pictures printing with stripes of color in some programs but not all programs.

Try new injet cartidges. If your printer has separate head and ink combo, replace the jets. The high quality mode operates the piezo jets at full power and lower setting can cause jets not to open as far. On some preinters, your particalar problem can be the result of too thin paper and the economy setting being used. Use 18lb or 20lb paper and see if it still does it on normal print mode.

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