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CANON BJC-85 Won't print black...

Had lost power cable for about six months before locating one online that I could afford for $19.95 + S&H so the printer sat dormant for a while. Upon receipt of the new cable today, it fits and works fine, providing power to the system and follows print commands; however, nothing is printed on the pages that are printed. I have input a new black ink cart and set to color printing test run, and all black text run. Neither will output anything. I ran the deep head cleaning tool 5 times to no avail. Nothing is printing although it performs as though it is printing -- nothing is printed on the pages output. I removed the new cart and rubbed the pad to see if maybe it was dried up or something. Ink is flowing properly from the cart so that's not the problem either. Error message states communication problem but it this were the case, it should not appear to be printing as I command it then output nothing. I have checked the cable and it is the correct Canon BJC-85 cable for this particular printer. This cable is a hard-to-find cable because it's a 13-V output device so I know that's not the problem either. It's getting power, it appears to be printing and working properly. It's just not outputting anything to the printed pages. What could the matter be? Thank you for your quick response. Sincerely, Iris Brand

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  • Park wench Mar 20, 2008

    My Canon BJC-85 sat idle at least a couple years. I just powered it up and connected it to Win XP Pro via USB cable.

    I removed old BCI-11 Black & BCI-11 Color cartridges and along with the carrier which held them. Then I opened a sealed genuine Canon BC-10 Black ink cartridge with its carrier and installed it.

    Problem is that after a dozen-plus head cleanings and deep head cleanings I still get blank page when I attempt to print a nozzle test; still get a blank page when I tell it to print the Demo Page.

    Any ideas?

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Turn on printer, press cartridge button, remove cartridge. On left side of remaining cradle, unsnap the cradle, lift up and remove. Take the cradle to your sink, wet a paper towel, and GENTLY wipe the long print head with the wet paper towel. Then run a small stream of clear cool water through the cradle, from the round pad that your cartridge rests on, until the pad looks ink-free. Dry everything with tissues and a hair dryer set on low, replace cradle in printer, replace cartridge, turn on printer, press Resume until it beeps three times, which runs the deep cleaning program, and after the procedure is finished, your printer will print as new.

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It sounds like you only replaced the printer cartridge, not the print head. However, since it sat for an extended period the print head may need replacement. If you know of someone else that has a BJC-85 try their print head and see if that resolves the issue. You can buy both the head and cartridge together, but the cost about $45. Cartridges only come typically three to a package and are about $20.

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