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My printer won't print yellow even when I replace the cartridge.

The failure to print yellow came on when the yellow cartridge I replaced was only half empty. Is there a yellow jet blocked? If so how do I unblock it?

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  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2009

    My Pixma 5200 will not print magenta. The test page shows faint Magenta lines or nothing. Cleaning and deep cleaning do not fix the problem. I have replaced the cartridge but still no good.This has only just happened and very frustrating. Any solutions apart from junking the printer appreciated.

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    I have the same problem with the cyon cartidge - I have tried deep cleaning etc. but wont work.

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Desperate measures!

I have a PIXMA MP 750 and months ago my yellow ink stopped printing. I was only able to use the printer for black and white printing. Every once in awhile I would try multiple deep cleans, new ink cartridges, etc. etc. I talked to the very unhelpful folks at Canon who suggested a new print head ($70), but they couldn't guarantee this would actually work. They really thought it would be best just to buy a new printer.

Although I was feeling bad about adding yet another cheap printer to the landfill I'd pretty much decided to get a new printer. As a last resort I decided to use a suggestion I came across (at pcuser.com) to run hot water through the print head. It was easy to remove the print head (check your manual). I propped the head up in my dish drainer and ran hot water straight from the tap first through the end with the little circular parts and then through the end with the metal strips. I eventually used boiling water from the kettle.

As I poured water through one end I started to see yellow ink coming though the other end so I figured the ink had dried in the head. I kept pouring water through (from both ends) until the water ran clear. I dried the print head, put it back in with the cartridges and VOILA! after MONTHS without yellow ink it's working beautifully again!

If you've tried everything else and feel desperate enough to buy a new printer you might want to try this and report back.

Posted on May 12, 2009

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