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Deep cleaned print heads - still not printing correctly

Need remedial action after deep cleaning print heads has not worked printer is leaving gaps in print

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Only one way - change the print head

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My pixma610 is not printing clearly. It leaves gaps in the print. All the ink cartridges have ink in them.

Do a deep clean cycle then a nozzle check either from the computer or the maintenance wheel on the 610.
May sure all the line are printed correctly.
If not remove the head and cartridges and take some hot(not boiling) water and mix it with2 oz. of Ammonia and let the head sit for an hour in a cereal bowl .Re-install after making sure the head is completely dry and check nozzles again.
If not working you either have bad cartridges or a bad head.
I have a new heads if needed.

Apr 06, 2015 | Canon PIXMA MP160 All-In-One InkJet...

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When I go to print everything looks good. The paper feeds through the printer but nothing prints on it.


Welcome to FixYa.

This problem might be due to blockages in the print head nozzles or if a FINE Cartridge is empty.

Kindly try the print head cleaning function to remove any blockages in the print head nozzles.

The procedure for cleaning the print heads, in the printer driver setup window (The printer driver setup window can be displayed through the application software in use or the Start menu of the Windows), is as follows:


1. Make sure that the printer is on and click Cleaning on the Maintenance tab.

Print head cleaning starts.

2. Click OK when the confirmation message appears.

3. Next, the Nozzle Check dialog box opens.

To check whether the print quality has improved, click Print Check Pattern. To cancel the check process, click Cancel.

If cleaning the head once does not resolve the problem, clean it once more.

Deep Cleaning:

Deep Cleaning is more thorough than Cleaning. Perform deep cleaning when two cleaning attempts do not resolve the print head problem.

1. On the Maintenance tab, click Deep Cleaning.

The Deep Cleaning dialog box opens. Follow the instruction shown in the dialog box.
Click Initial Check Items to display the items you need to check before performing Deep Cleaning.

2. Make sure that the printer is on and then click Execute.

Click OK when the confirmation message appears.
Print head deep cleaning starts.

If there is still no sign of improvement, the ink may have run out and the cartridges need to be replaced.

For more details, please download and install the complete on-screen manual from this link.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Dec 15, 2011 | Canon PIXMA MX310 All-In-One Printer

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Hi, (MX850) My blue ink has stopped printing. I

Performing Maintenance:

Note :
Be sure to install the ink tanks in the correct order indicated by the label on the Print Head Holder. The machine will not print if an ink tank is installed in the incorrect position.
Step 1
Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern.

If lines are missing or if white streaks appear

Step 2
Print Head Cleaning.

If the problem is not resolved after performing Print Head Cleaning twice

After cleaning the Print Head, print and examine the nozzle check pattern (Step 1) again.

Step 3
Print Head Deep Cleaning.

If Print Head Deep Cleaning does not resolve the problem, turn off the machine and perform another Print Head Deep Cleaning after 24 hours. If the problem is still not resolved and if you are sure that the ink didn't run out, then the Print Head may be damaged. Contact your Canon service representative.

Hope this helps.
All the best.

Mar 11, 2010 | Canon PIXMA MX850 Multifunction Printer

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My printer won't print it sat for 6 months we put new ink in and it scans and goes through the actions but doesn't print ink

The problem with printers like Epson is that they cannoy stand without being used for that long. The print head that is largely responsible for print quality is built into the machine and the last ink that passed through 6 months ago is hardened inside. Dry several deep cleanings with nozzle checks inbetween. You may need to send it for manual print head cleaning with a printer technician.

Feb 28, 2010 | Epson Stylus CX5000 InkJet Photo Printer

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Canon i960 printer banding on photos. How can I eliminate this? I have cleaned the print head, re aligned the print nozzle. Now what?

The FAQS for your printer suggest for your problem (banded or strewaked prints) you perform this actions:
  • Perform a manual print alignment
  • Perform a deep print head cleaning
  • Check if all orange tape was removed from print ink tank(s)
  • Select correct Media Type Settings for the paper you are using
  • Change the print quality settings.
If you need guidance on how to perform any of these actions, go to the support page of your printer:

and in the "Please enter your question..." textbox type "banded printing".

Aug 16, 2009 | Printers & Copiers

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Help. Cannot print from black ink cartridge

Hi ....

There could be many reason for black ink not printing. You could try couple of steps starting with cleaning the print head ... Follow the below steps to clean the print head ...

After confirming that the cable is connected (if applicable) and the printer is powered on, perform the following.
Note: Standard print head cleaning can also be performed by holding down the <Resume> on the printer until the power light flashes one time. Deep print head cleaning (a more power process that uses more ink) can only be performed from the computer.
  1. Open the Printers folder.

    For Windows Vista
    • Click / Select 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, 'Control Panel', 'Hardware and Sound', and then click on 'Printers'. Note: If you are in 'Classic' view, Click 'Printers' directly from the 'Control Panel'.
    • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Properties' from the menu that appears.
    For Windows XP Home Edition
    • Click / Select 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, 'Control Panel,' 'Printers and Other Hardware,' and 'Printers and Faxes.'
    • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Properties' from the menu that appears.

    For Windows XP Professional Edition
    • Click 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, and 'Printers and Faxes.'
    • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Properties' from the menu that appears.

    For Windows 2000/Me/98
    • Click / Select 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, and 'Settings,' then 'Printers.'
    • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Properties' from the menu that appears.

  2. Right-click the printer icon and select 'Properties'.


  3. Click the Maintenance tab, and then click the 'Cleaning' icon.


  4. Select which nozzles should be cleaned.


  5. Click 'OK' to continue with the print head cleaning. The power lamp will flash and print head cleaning will start. Do not perform any other operations until print head cleaning completes.


  6. When the print head cleaning has finished, print the nozzle check pattern by clicking on the 'OK' button to determine if further cleaning is necessary.


  7. Once the page has printed examine the nozzle check pattern.


  8. If the pattern does not print correctly, click the 'OK' button to return to the Maintenance tab.

  9. Click the 'Deep Cleaning' icon.


  10. Click the 'Execute' button after selecting the nozzles to be cleaned.


  11. Confirm the message, and then click the 'OK' button to start the Deep cleaning.


  12. The Power lamp will blink and print head deep cleaning will start. Deep cleaning completes when the Power lamp stops blinking and lights. (It will take about a minute for the Power lamp to stop blinking and light solid.)

  13. Print another nozzle test pattern. If the pattern still does not print correctly, replace any ink tank that may be low, and then perform another deep print head cleaning.

  14. If printing is still not satisfactory, there may be a problem with the print head or the printer may need to be repaired.
This resolves the problem most of the time but if this does not work, please just leave me a note and we'll move to the next step which is checking the cartridge installation to check if its inctalled correctly or not ....

Please vote if this helps .... Cheers :)

Aug 04, 2009 | Canon PIXMA iP90 Mobile Printer

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Cannot print black text

You need a new printhead, QY6-0059-000 around $40.00

Jul 01, 2009 | Canon PIXMA iP4200 InkJet Photo Printer

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