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Printing Excess Pages

When printing from my MP730/700 it talks a piece of paper before and after printing. I have tried cleaning the print heads ect. Any ideas?

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Re: Printing Excess Pages

I had that problem myself, and what i ended up doing was i unplugged everything from the printer, took the cover off, not just opening it, but unscrewing the cover, there was dust in a lot of places and at one point, i found a scrap of paper soaked in black ink... when i cleaned everything out and put it back together, it worked fine... the only thing i can think of what the problem was is maybe the sensor inside had dust or a small scrap of oaper on it... you could try that, but don't touch any of the metal parts...

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Re: Printing Excess Pages

I would reset it by turning it off, unplugging all cables, cords and usb, replug, turn on and try printing now. Paper feed issues are not usually cartridge or ink related so cleaning printheads will not help this issue, but is good maintenance anyway. Most ink issues result because people do not do maintenace regualrly. We would not drive our cars for 3 years wihtout services so why do it to our poor printers? Ok, did printer print properly now, sometimes a reset is all they need. Post back if not fixed.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007

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After entering my posting earlier today, I did some more internet searching on this problem. I found a helpful British website that listed a trick for cleaning the printer carriage area. It's a little more than halfway down the page, if you click on this link,

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"1. OPEN printer so the cartridges move to center of the carriage.
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5. MOVE the paper left and right to remove any excess ink under the carriage. When the excess ink is removed the printer should print streak-free. "

I tried this (actually used 3 or 4 pieces of paper because it was pretty grungy), and I can print without bands of gray now. Although, the colors are not as vibrant as they used to be, neither is the black. (My holiday newsletter looks good enough to send out, at least.)

After cleaning the printer carriage area, I ran the nozzle check pattern test again and it still looks bad. I then cleaned and realigned the print head, and again the nozzle check pattern continues to look bad. The user manual for the F60 (page 10-5)said that if the nozzle check pattern does not improve after a deep cleaning then the printhead may be damaged. I called Canon tech support and they think that the printhead is probably damaged, but they suggested that I take it to an authorized Canon repair shop, which is too far away, and probably too much trouble. My other option is to order a new printhead directly from Canon for $45 plus $6 shipping and install it myself (or make hardware engineer hubby do it ;-) ).

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