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I just bought a Canon MP980 printer. I have been photoes and I am now out of grey ink and I cannot find any retailer who has 221 grey. They have all the other colors.

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If you're able to wait for shipping, I found it on Amazon's website for $12.99:

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My Canon MP980 Print/scan/photo Series printer is printing everything that is in color in yellow. I have cleaned the heads & nozzles. What is wrong?

Causes : Blocked by dry ink. Solution : Your Color i.e. Cyan & Magenta were malfunctioned/blocked. So try to clean them up tightly.. thanks

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When using the 520 cartridge it prints grey. after cleaning it prints black for only so long then reverts to grey

you are either just about out of black ink in the 520 or the cart is not flowing properly for some reason. The "grey" print would be the mix of colour inks that these printers lay under the black to make the print "blacker".
If cleaning etc doesn't help, replace the black cartridge.

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We can't get our wireless canon printer to print from our new HP laptop, can you give us any help on what we can do?

mp 560

I'd say avoid. I used to love Canon printers. I could not praise them enough.

I thought I'd buy Canon printers for ever. I have recently bought the MP640 which replaced the 610 that I had and was the most tremendous printer even.

The 640 cost me £180 ($265) and it is shocking. Black text comes out charcoal grey colour and any black in graphics is nowhere near black, again it's a charcoal grey that is horrible.

The 560 uses the exact same ink cartridges so you will presumable have the same problem with text as the pigment black that is used for text is not black. If the cartridge is dabbed on a sheet of kitchen paper to transfer ink it is very pale black (this photo black by the looks which is basicly just a paler versions of regual ink) and this will reflect in the text.

I wish I had never bought it as I know am going to buy an HP printer and this thing will be used only if I am desperate for a printer if mine breaks when the shops are closed!

Some reviews of the 560 are good but the 560 is also seen as an ink guzzler in others. The ink cartridges are very smaell and when I took mine out of the box I could not beleive how small. Small cartidges equaly running out quicker = more ink to be bought = more profit for Canon. My ink lasted a week and I printed only about 20 sheets.

It constantly runs cleaning cycles and primming cycles that use ink and fill up the waste ink pad which will need replacing probaly not long after the warrant is gone and it was cost as much to have it replaced as buying new printer.

Ask if you can have a demonstration of it before you are committed to it before possible wasting your money on it.

The 640 is Canon's idea of improvement that they seem to have only done for the sake of saying we have made this new model. The 560 will printer similar if not worst as the MP640 has a very high print head resolution - which pitty help if it it did not!

Jun 09, 2010 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Canon MP980 prints horizontal pink lines across

try to change the color ink. horizontal banding (the pink or other color lines appearing means horizontal banding) when there is a problem on one of the heating element of the printer head. since almost all canon printers have head built in the inks, replacing the faulty ink will solve the problem. if not then the controller of printhead on the carriage and mainboard needs to be checked.

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My printer is out of grayscale ink. It will not let me print and none of the controls function. I cannot find grayscale ink - it is not included in the replacement ink kit!!! Please help

bukes1 is actually right. I have the same printer and I'm having the same problem. The MP980 has a black, pixel black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and a grey cartridge, so 6 all together. The grey replacement cartridge is not readily available at a store. You have to purchase it online. I don't understand why Canon does not include it in the color multi-pack. It's quite a nuisance, because when the cartridge runs out you can't print at all.

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Too much green

Printing too green is a sign of low or no Magenta ink. Might pay to look there. (Green is Cyan and Yellow ink, so Magenta is missing to make Grey/Black)

Sounds like someone might have also managed to mix up an ink cartridge and put it in the wrong slot?

Check that the nozzle patterns for each colour are in the right place on the print out according to the sample in the manual / online. Maybe Magenta is missing altogether?

Apr 21, 2009 | Canon i860 InkJet Photo Printer

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Colours are not true, grey is brown

You are getting leakage from one color cartridge to another. Do deep cleaning and run nozzle check. You may have been using non-Cannon inks. They can corrode the ink cartridge seats due to inferrior quality ink. You may need to replace the print head. Check out Cannon web site under this printer support. Print head is in the $50 neighborhood.

Feb 10, 2009 | Canon PIXMA iP4000 InkJet Photo Printer

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Grey sponge came out when I pulled a jammed paper out of printer

its the ink blotter it collects any excess ink when you load in new ink cartridges you can still use it but watch out for any spills ...

hope this helps... jedi-inc...

Feb 09, 2009 | Canon Pixma iP6600D InkJet Photo Printer

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How do i replace ink?

Turn the printer on and open the dark grey cover from front, this should move the Ink tanks into view, lift the arm on the left side of the tank to remove the old ink. insert the new one lock the arm back and close lid. If you provide an email address I can provide you with the PDF manual for your printer, or you can go to support and download the manual.

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