This is a PDF( Portable document file) of the User Getting Started Manual from canon. you need a pdf reader to view it.
I think that your jets are clogged and you may need to clean the heads which is show in the document or checked to see if the heads are stopped up and hard. they may need to be manually cleaned.
Steps for Manually Cleaning the Printer Head
- Remove the ink tanks and printer head. Remove the ink tanks
from the printer head (tank holder) and seal them in a zip lock or other
sealable plastic bag. Set them aside, preferably propped upright.
Next remove the printer head (it snaps out). NOTE: You may want to wear latex gloves to help keep ink off your hands.
- Soak the printer head. There are multiple suggestions
on ways to clean the printer head and all have some variation on the following:
Alternative Soak Method:
- Get a small, shallow pan and lay down a layer or two of
paper towels in the bottom of the container to protect the printer head
circuitry from contact damage.
- Heat up (via microwave) enough purified/bottled water to cover
the paper towels. You can also use a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and
distilled water (about a pint will do). Heat the mixture in the
microwave for about a minute or so - it should NOT be boiling.
- Slowly pour the water or mixture over the paper towels so that
you have approximately 1/2 inch of liquid in the bottom of the pan.
- Set the printer head into the container on top of the towels.
You should see ink 'bleeding' out. Move the print head to several
different spots (about a minute each spot) and shake gently. This will
dissolve the ink clogs.
- If the printer head is badly clogged let it soak for 3 to 4
hours or overnight. You can move it slightly to a different spot every
hour or so.
Mix a 50/50 solution of warm water and Windex and place in a shallow
container, enough to cover the base of the printer head and ink ports.
Leave for 2 hours while agitating the unit occasionally. Remove from the
mix and lightly scrub the base and internal ink ports with an old soft
toothbrush. Do not scrub the gold contacts but don't be concerned if
they get wet. Return the unit to the mix for another 2 hours and agitate
occasionally. Remove and scrub again as before.
- Flush the printer head with water.
- Hold the unit under a softly running warm water tap. Place your finger over
the tap to create back pressure to allow you to squirt the water into all
crevices of the printer head. You should see the gunk build up flow out.
Do this until the water runs clear.
- Dry the printer head and replace.
Variations on the Above Steps
- Remove the printer head and rinse it thoroughly with
distilled water. Shake it dry and set it on folded paper towels to air
dry. (Some folks use a hair dryer on a low setting to dry the printer
- Reinsert the printer head and ink tanks. The printer should
automatically do a "Printer Head Alignment." If it doesn't, manually
perform "Printer Head Alignment" through the printer's utility. Next run
a printer head cleaning cycle or two followed by printing a nozzle
check pattern to check your progress.
- Repeat as necessary.
- Soak the printer head in one of the proprietary
solutions (Cartridge Flush, Magic Inkjet Flush) specifically designed to
clear print heads. Soak the print head for about 10 minutes to
overnight depending on the degree of blockage. It has also been reported
that you can clean the print head with an electronic toothbrush and
cleaning solution for about 20 seconds with excellent results.
- Use a full eye dropper to flush alcohol through the appropriate
ink 'hole(s)' that show inside the printer head unit. Don't rush this:
do a drop at a time or you might flood the inside of the unit.
- Purchase an ultrasonic cleaner. Wash the printer head under the
water tap to remove excess ink. Load the cleaner with the printer head
and water so that the printer head rests lengthways in the cleaner with
the electrical contact surface visible. Repeat the cleaning program a
few times, using clean water in each program.
It's a good idea to regularly conduct preventive maintenance on your
inkjet printer to prevent it from developing clogged printer heads.
Printer heads become blocked for a number of reasons, but the most
common is simply that the ink cartridge and the printer head have dried
out. Never let the printer stand with an empty cartridge. Either fit a
fresh one, or seal the print head unit in a plastic bag with a few drops
of water for humidity.
Since print heads become clogged when not used for long periods of time,
regularly print a page or two to keep the print heads clear. Some
experts say that it is better to print one colorful page a week than to
run a printer cleaning cycle, because doing so uses a lot less ink.
Ideally, printer cleaning cycles should be started once a week to
prevent the printer head from getting clogged.
There are other more ink-efficient ways to be able to clean printer
heads that will prevent their clogging just as effectively as running
the printer's cleaning cycle:
- Brush the printer heads with Q-tips soaked in water. Sources vary on
whether alcohol would be more effective than water, but in the opinion
of some printer experts alcohol can be harmful to printer heads and
should thus be avoided.
- Buy a cleaning kit and use it regularly on your printer. A
typical cleaning kit usually has a tube of ammonia that you can spray on
the printer head to remove dried ink.
- Covering the printer when not in use to keep it free from dirt
and debris also helps prevent the printer heads from getting clogged.
Follow these step and you'll find you problem resolved.