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Clogged printhead ???

The printer prints well except for the yellow ink. I am pressuming that the print head is clogged or there is dried up ink, as the printer was unused for a couple of months. I have run all the nozzle checks and alignment plus head cleaner loads of times and also changed the cartridge, even though the status monitor tells me there is plenty ink. Am I on the right track and if so is there away of clearing this or is it a problem that i am not aware of . can any one help please.

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  • Robert Anderson May 15, 2007

    thank-you for the excellent advice, it worked a treat, Ithas saved me a few pounds on a new printer, thanks again Rab Anderson

  • pierreafeu Apr 03, 2008

    I recently got an Epson CX3200 but the black and magenta print-heads seem to be clogged, (there is no trace of black and magenta on my printouts, I've tried head cleanings several times (used a whole cartridge) with no results . are there other causes for my problem

  • wuljen Apr 05, 2008

    i put in new cartridges and i'm getting pink ink only

  • mr22 Jun 20, 2008

    epsom cx3200 - the colour prints fine but the black is faint and blurred. I've tried nozzle checks and head cleaning etc to no avail. I've also tried a new cartridge but still the same. Any suggestions please?

  • adel375 Jul 03, 2008

    We have yellow horisontal line accross the colour picture, have cleaned head and done allingment check lots of time and no better ?

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I recon you are bang on course to fixing this machine. I would suggest you try amanual underhead cleaning session and also follow the guides to cleaning the wick (the spike that penetrates the bottom of the ink cart) Check my previous posts for the cleaning info or if you can't find it PM me.

Posted on May 09, 2007

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    Inky Fingers May 09, 2007

    Sorry - I should have posted an address for the cleaning info posts:.

    Try this one:http://www.fixya.com/support/t137335-pro...

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Yellow isnt working


Let's try a couple of things. First, have you tried a different yellow cartridge?
If you have, we can try cleaning the printhead. Remove the printhead and soak it overnight in a warm distilled water bath. This is the gentler alternative to the more aggressive head cleaning solutions. After the soaking overnight, blot the printhead being with a lint free cloth being careful not to brush the electronics. Reinsert the printhead and reinstall the ink cartridges. Try printing. This should clear the printhead clog. If the printhead is severely clogged, you may have to repeat the soak.
Let me know if this clears the problem.

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I have a Cannon i550 printer that does not print from the yellow port. Have done alignment, clean ports, both choices, and still does not print yellow. And yes there is ink in the cartridgy. Any...


Perform print head deep cleaning from the printer driver.
1. Right-click the printer icon, and then select 'Properties'.

2. Click the 'Maintenance' tab, and then click 'Deep Cleaning'.

maintdeep.jpg 3. Select the nozzles that need to be cleaned and click 'OK'.


4. Read the message displayed, and then click 'OK'. The power lamp blinks and print head deep cleaning starts. (Do not perform any other operations until print head deep cleaning is complete. Print head deep cleaning takes about 1 minute.)

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Unclogging The Printhead - Three Methods
Canon printers have a semi-permanent printhead. It's the 'holder' that the ink cartridges (tanks) fit into. It can be removed fairly easily. Over time, it can and does become clogged, mainly from letting the printer set without use. You need to print both black and color at least once per week in order to prevent clogging and keep the ink flowing.
Normally you can clear up minor clogs and streaking by running the cleaning cycle found in your printer's software utility. For quick access to your printer's utility (drivers): In your browser's address bar type: control panel\printers and hit 'enter' on your keyboard. This will bring up a page with your installed printer's icon. Place your mouse cursor over the printer icon and 'right-click' on it. When the dropdown menu shows, click on 'properties'. This will bring up the printer utility. Look for the 'maintenance' tab and follow the cleaning prompts.
If the cleaning cycles don't do the trick in clearing up poor and incomplete output, don't give up and assume you'll need to buy a new print head (they often cost more than a new printer!). You can try the following as it will cause no harm: (we and many others have succesfully done this)
Remove the ink tanks from the printhead (tank holder) and seal them in a ziplock plactic bag. Set them aside, preferrably propped upright. Next remove the print head, it snaps out. Use the kitchen or other sink and turn the water on so that it is running slowly and that it is warm. Hold the print head, bottom facing down, and cup your hand under the running water so that the water fills it up and flows into the the print head. This will flush the ink out of the printhead. You'll need to turn the print head over, bottom side up, and flush it that way as well. You'll see when there is no more ink being flushed out.
You WILL need to do a final flush/rinse with some distilled, or purified water. This ensures that any risidual minerals or impurities of the tap water are flushed out of the print head. Set the print head on a paper towel to dry, drying time will vary. TIP: To expedite the drying process, shake the printhead vigorously as there is a fair amount of water retained after rinsing!
Place the printhead (tank holder) back in the printer and reinsert the inks tanks. The printer should automatically do a print head alignment. If it doesn't, manually perform a "Printhead Alignment" through the printer's utility. Next, run the "printhead cleaning" cycle and print a nozzle check.
Here's another, similar method:
Open the lid of the printer and when the print head moves to the left, remove the cartridges (tanks). You should then be able to easily remove the print head. It has the circuitry on it and on the bottom are the outlet nozzles.
Get a small, shallow pan and lay a couple of paper towels in the bottom. Heat up (via microwave) enough purified/bottled water to cover the paper towels. Set the print head on the towels. You should see ink 'bleeding' out. Move the print head to several different spots (about a minute each spot). This will dissolve the ink clogs. Remove the print head and gently dab it dry on fresh paper towels.
Place the print head back in the printer and insert the ink tanks.Run a print head alignment and a regular cleaning followed by nozzle check and test print(s). That should do it. If not, repeat the above procedure(s).
If the above two methods don't quite do the trick, try this:
Remove the ink tanks and printhead (cartridge holder) from the printer as instructed above. Get a small bowl, dish or pan, large enough to accommodate the printhead. Lay down a layer or two of paper towels in the bottom of the container to protect the printhead circuitry from contact damage.
Make up a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and distilled water, about a pint will do. Heat the mixture up in the microwave for about a minute or so, not boiling. Slowly pour over the paper towels so that you have approximately 1/2 inch mixture total. Set the printhead (cartridge holder) into the container and pour some of the remaining mixture over the top, just enough to wet it good. Let it soak for several hours (3-4) or overnight. You can move it slightly to a different spot every hour or so.
Remove the printhead and rinse thoroughly with distilled water. Shake it dry, set it on folded paper towels to air dry. Reinsert the printhead and ink tanks. The printer should do an automatic "Printhead Alignment", if not manually do so and run a cleaning cycle or two followed by printing a nozzle check pattern to check your progress. Repeat as necessary.
" cycle and print a nozzle check. Here's another, similar method:
Open the lid of the printer and when the print head moves to the left, remove the cartridges (tanks). You should then be able to easily remove the print head. It has the circuitry on it and on the bottom are the outlet nozzles.
Get a small, shallow pan and lay a couple of paper towels in the bottom. Heat up (via microwave) enough purified/bottled water to cover the paper towels. Set the print head on the towels. You should see ink 'bleeding' out. Move the print head to several different spots (about a minute each spot). This will dissolve the ink clogs. Remove the print head and gently dab it dry on fresh paper towels.
Place the print head back in the printer and insert the ink tanks.Run a print head alignment and a regular cleaning followed by nozzle check and test print(s). That should do it. If not, repeat the above procedure(s).
If the above two methods don't quite do the trick, try this:
Remove the ink tanks and printhead (cartridge holder) from the printer as instructed above. Get a small bowl, dish or pan, large enough to accommodate the printhead. Lay down a layer or two of paper towels in the bottom of the container to protect the printhead circuitry from contact damage.
Make up a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and distilled water, about a pint will do. Heat the mixture up in the microwave for about a minute or so, not boiling. Slowly pour over the paper towels so that you have approximately 1/2 inch mixture total. Set the printhead (cartridge holder) into the container and pour some of the remaining mixture over the top, just enough to wet it good. Let it soak for several hours (3-4) or overnight. You can move it slightly to a different spot every hour or so.
Remove the printhead and rinse thoroughly with distilled water. Shake it dry, set it on folded paper towels to air dry. Reinsert the printhead and ink tanks. The printer should do an automatic "Printhead Alignment", if not manually do so and run a cleaning cycle or two followed by printing a nozzle check pattern to check your progress. Repeat as necessary.

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Have ink, but its not printing. the paper is doing the right thing ,but not putting ink on paper


Please make sure that the print head is not clogged. The ink can flow out easily from the print head. How do you know if there is no dry ink clogging the print head? Remove the cartridge and run the print head in a soft smooth paper, see if the inks was left in the paper proportionally. If no ink marks then its clogged.

flushing the print head of the cartridge directly from the tap water will help ....Open your printer cover, remove the cartridge..place the printhead directly on a tap water running slowly. This will help flush the dried ink that clogged in the printhead. Turn the print head over, bottom side up until you see the ink flowed out from the printhead, do this until you see the a smooth flow of ink..(better result if the water is warm).. tap water contains residual minerals that can clog also the printhead..so it is advisable to final flush the printhead with a distilled water (it has no impurities) and dry it with cloth..

The last thing to do and it will take you sometime is to soak the printhead portion of your cartridge in a mixture of ammonia and hot distilled water, (please make sure that the contact point of the cartridge to the printer is not soak).. Place the printhead on the hot water and leave it there for about 4 to 5 hours..move it on different location from time to time..After soaking, rinse it with distilled water and dry it with cloth...

After doing the instructions, return back the cartridge to the printer and do the printhead alignment..

Try printing a test page and see the outcome...


If you find this information very helpful, would you be kind to rate this solution. Thanks

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As with all of the solutions I've provided on this and the other HP88 printers, the problem is that the black printhead has become clogged due to the conditions the printer is kept in.

For some reason the pigment black ink in the HP88 printhead is particularly prone to clogging when used in hot, dry conditions where there is air conditioning or similar...

The only solution I have found to date is to replace the black ink with a dyebase alternative and use that with a new printhead. Finding this solution took me about 14 printheads and a lot of head scratching so it wasn't easy...

Finding a dyebase alternative may be difficult but whatever you do, make sure you purchase a remanufactured original HP OEM, not one of the all plastic designs with no black rubber bulb in the bottom of the printer. They fail and leak a LOT!.

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Your printheads are indeed clogged. (Note: all ij printers should be powered off when not in use! This retracts & seals your printheads.) Now, on to your problem. In your printer software, there should be a maintenance section. In there, you need to clean the printheads - this may have to be done *many* times - like 10-ish to clear (if still possible) clogged ink.
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Did you remember to take the tape off the top of the cartridge? If so, run a few cleanings and do a nozzle check. If there is still no cyan, your print heads may be clogged

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Did you use third party carts?

If yes, buy original brother ink carts and do the cleaning cycle again. If you are lucky the printhead isnt clogged due to the third party ink which has not the additives and glycerin needed for the printhead to run without probs.

 

In case the head is clogged there is nothing more what you can do. Sorry!  A replacement might costs more than a new mfc 440cn!

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Well if you want to damage your printer use alcohol. But if you want to make it work then pull the cartridge from the printer and run hot water on a couple of paper towels leaving alot of hot water in the towels. Put some thing under them to keep them from staining your counter top and then set the cartridge down onto the hotwater towel and let the hot water melt away the dry ink and in minutes you may be printing again if this is what it is. Be sure and use a dry paper towel to wipe off the ecess wet before you reinstall the cartridge.

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