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Printer spews black ink - especially on duplex

This happens when consumables are worn out, however, I just replaced consumables in December and haven't printed enough pages to exhaust the consumables again IMHO. -gtwhip

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Re: Printer spews black ink - especially on duplex

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Canon mg5220 printer won't print black

Try this: take a small, sharp knife and make sure the air slit on the top of the cartridge goes all the way through the plastic.
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I blew through that slit on a defective cartridge and no ink came out. I used a pen knife to open the slit (it doesn't take much) and then blew again. This time ink spewed out the bottom. My print test showed the black ink coming through. It was a bit spotty so I cleaned the print head and now the black ink comes out just like its supposed to.

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Black and white prints are not black

Sorry, steve, that you are experiencing this problem.

According to's website regarding the i9900 InkJet Photo Printer:

Why color ink may be used when printing in black and white Even when printing in black and white, color ink is used for the following reasons:
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    To prevent the print head nozzles from clogging, the print head is automatically cleaned periodically. At that time, a small amount of each color ink is consumed.

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  3. In order to keep the heavy black ink from smearing on the page or in the printer, color ink is used when duplex printing to help create black text.

I might suggest taking out the color ink cartridges leaving only black there, but some printers don't take kindly to this. So, you may have to further experiment with magenta, cyan, and yellow to make it at least seem b&w to your best eye's judgment.

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whenever you print greyscale what actually happen is that the printer mixes the red, blue and yellow to give the output in gray scale. See if you mix red, blue and yellow ink in the right proportion it gives you very close to black. just try to print your greyscale with your black ink finished you will still get the same print quality as when the black has ink in it. Or find a way seal the nuzzle of the black in and print your greyscale. check what results.

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Be sure to run head alignment and clean printer option first with the current black ink then replace with the new original Epson ink catridge



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Quick and easy way to do this is to use the automatic duplex more as this uses the 8K cartridge instead of the 5K.

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As a general rule you'll want to use the PG5 because it's cleaner and sharper for text while the 8K is much better for photo quality inks...

... and the reason it's used for duplexing? Simple... it dries quicker! .. So, you don't have to wait as long for the page to be pulled back in and you get less chance of smudging...

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