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Canon Pixma iP6600D - ink problems

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.

Any thoughts would be great.

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  • lastchance2 Oct 26, 2008

    ....many thanks for your post. If I replaced the 5 non-original cartridges you think the problem might right itself? It's about £55 UK Sterling or $88 US for the five (I have one original already). No problem with the purge unit? Can I run any test to check the purge unit.

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Use original cartridges. Generic or refilled cartridges tend to cause these problems.

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    Swilin Sampson Oct 26, 2008

    Unfortunately, there is no simple way to do this. You should, however, be able to find cheaper original cartridges by looking for them on the internet. You couls also try reinstalling the printer driver. that also helps at times.

    If the original cartridges are still causing the same issue even after reinstalling the driver, then think about the purge unit..


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