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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.
I'd say avoid. I used to love Canon printers. I could not praise them
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 www.canon.com go to support and download the manual.