My i860 will print black ok but colors are muted, especially red. Red is light, or brownish or gold. And a green tint seems to permeate color prints. I did all the maintenance procedures and a green tint seems to permeate the nozzle check. I bought a new print head and new cartridges. I downloaded the print driver from Canon website. A friend connected my printer to his computer and had the same problems. Can't get bright colors, especially red, and green tint permeates. I'm thinking internal electronic problem. Any ideas, or should I just shoot it?
I had similar problem: everything muted and with brownish tint. Tried everything, finally discovered that I installed wrong cartridge: 6PC instead of 6C. The "photo" cartridges are pretty much the same, make sure you have the right ones: 6C, 6M, and 6Y.
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Here's what you should do.
Remove all ink cartridges.
Get some rubbing alcohol, preferrably 91% proof (leaves less moisture)
Get a couple normal paper towels.
Check each cartridge for dried ink and remove it using an alcohol wetted paper towel. (The deep cleaning procedures aren't always effective.)
The gold contacts on each cartridge should be gold when you are done.
Use the same procedure on the gold contacts of the ink cartridge housing inside the printer.
Take your time, do it well.
If that does not fix the problem, then do the following.
Switch the black and magenta cartridge. Some printers won't print when you do this, other printers don't know the difference. If your printer is the later, then attempt a print job using a page that has a line of both black and magenta text.
If you see a black print, then the problem is your magenta cartridge (despite having installed a new one)
If the magenta prints, then you know the magenta cartridge is good.
If the magenta prints but the black doesn't, then you have a printer failure.
Let me know your results.
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