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Re: printer cartridges go to center of printer and then...
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Initially, pls clean the encoder strip. This would be the clear narrow but long plastic strip with bar like markings similar to barcodes. The markings and the clear space in between tells the print heads its position. it there is a smear or ink mark, the head would assume that it has reach the end and therefore stop. it would be similar to the image below.
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Please press the cartridge button and the cartridge holder moves to the center. Gently press and pull the front cover toward you. Press the green tab on the front left edge of the BJ Cartridge cartridge holder. This releases the BJ cartridge. Lift the entire cartridge out of the printer. If installing a new BJ cartridge, take it out of its protective packaging. Peel off the protective foil, and lift the cartridge out. Lift off the orange cap from the print head. Then remove the orange tape.
Are you using a factory new ink cartridge?
Please consider the following:
If you are using a refilled or third party cartridge that may well be your problem.Most manufacturers build logic into their products to prevent the use of “Other Equipment Manufactured” cartridges as well as re-filled cartridges.
They do this to prevent problems from contaminated inks causing problems with print quality or damaging the physical printhead.
If you are using factory new cartridges, then please call the manufacturers Technical Support for assistance with the warranty on the cartridges
After replacing ink cartridges, you generally have to perform an alignment routine.
On some printers, they have an automatic alignment function, others require the printing out of one or two sheets of paper and a possible adjustment via the service section of your printer software.
If this isn't done, you can have an output similar to that you describe.
Just select "grayscale printing" in the properties box for the printer. Open a document to print, when you get the "printer set up" box, select "properties, and look for a check box that says "grayscale printing" and check it. You will now print in B&W
Driver could be corrupt. Disconnect the printer or at least be sure it is turned off.
I'd do both and reinstall the CD software program that came with
the printer. When the software program asks you to connect the
printer to the USB port, do so and it should again work properly.
Hope this helps. Bud
The BJC-55 takes 2 different types of print heads. And also a scanner head, that snaps into the same place and turns the printer into a scanner.
One print head is a Canon BC-11E. It has 2 ink tanks in it. 1 black and 1 tri-color. It prints in full color or black
The other print head is a BC-10. It prints only in black. But the ink yank holds 4 times the black ink of the BC-11E. It is very popular with business travelers who print only documents. The printer works about twice as fast with it. And replacing ink is a lot cheaper.
The scan head is called an IS-12.
Prices range from 40 to 60 dollars in supply stores ( Staples, etc)