I've printed successfully on my Canon Pixma iP6600D for about 2 years, using Canon cartridges to start with then switching to non-original chip-swap cartridges. I had a problem printing last week. Colours were poor. I noticed more than one cartridge was either empty or almost empty so put new ones in for all 6 colours. Unfortunately, this did not solve the problem. A nozzle check showed streaks accross most colours so I splashed out on a new print head (fools rush in). This has not solved the problem. Nozzle checks are not consistent with some colour showing one time then not the next! Some show as faint and streaked. The Cyan never shows!
I am at the point where a quick cheap fix will make it worth keeping my old printer. I have had it suggested (by the print head supplier) that it may be the purge unit. He wants to charge £40 plus parts and carriage so it may not be worth it. The print cartridge supplier says my swapped chips may have 'worn out'.
Is there a simple check that I can do to eliminate the purge unit as a cause? I have tried cleaning, deep cleaning and print head alignment from the maintenance menu.
Is it just a case of cut my losses and get a new printer.
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Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent ink drying out and blocking the print head nozzles. If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages, then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive. It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer than replace the print head.
When you print, in the printing window, click properties, then click advanced. Most times you can select to print using black cartridge only. Unfortunately you will need to replace to get the printer working. If you need further assistance let me know. Thank you, Lee
I had the exact problem described and it was the following:
one of the ink cartidges had popped out of place "inside" the printer housing on the right hand side, and was catching as the printer tried to start up.
By using a thin object such as a ruler, I could press the ink cartridge back into place to allow the ink cartidges to come out from the printer side area. Once out I properly reseated the ink and all seems fine.
Inkjet liquid has to dry up. Does not matter if you leave it in or out, or try to repackage it.
If it was laser jet which infact uses powder like material would stay intact for long.
Hope that helped.
When you get the error:
"More than one ink tank of the following color is installed" or
"Ink cartridge not recognized"
Open up the lid where the cartridges are and hold done the "SEARCH" button. This has been working for me, and I bought my ip6600d in 2005, so my machine is old, and ready for this..........ORIGINAL INK!!! Never really used it beyond printing very few pics. So I was really pissed when I found these messages to almost 5 years after buying this printer. So to recap, open the lid where the ink cartridges are while holding the "SEARCH" button, hold it up for like 5 to 10 seconds, place lid down still holding the search button, then let go of the search button. I did notice the alarm was lit, but went away after I released the search button. Good Luck!!!
Until I held the search button down I had turned of the printer, reseeded the cartridges and open and closed the lid but it never worked.