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Not printing black

I cannot print in black. I have run all of the cleaning and maintenance cycles. One other post suggested soaking the print head. I've taken the printer apart but i'm not sure how to take the print head out(don't want to break anything) If anyone can tell me how to take the print head out and clean it it would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2008

    While printing , black faded right out although I still had plenty of ink. Replaced with new cartridge with no luck. Colors OK.

  • nrfwalk Feb 03, 2009

    want clean

  • stephen Adams Apr 19, 2009

    does not solve it as changing the cartridge automatically cleans print heads!

  • fazcool_sh May 02, 2009

    cleaned the head many times but still the black is not printing.

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First of all the print head is clogged just because you have tried to print repeatedly while some of the cartridges are empty. This results ink burn in the nozzle and clog. My recipe: Heat some drinking water in the kettle (70-80 C). Put the head in it and shake gently several times until ink is completely clean (10 minutes). Change the water do the same again. Change the water again (70-80 C) this time put a spoon full of apple vinegar (becomes a natural acidic solution very dilute) shake again, clean with cotton stick. I did it and started to love my mp800 again as much as I just bought it, all colours come back and started to print superior photos again...... Do not touch heads' copper poles and cartridges poles because of the static electric they may mulfunction and colours may becaome totally mixed for a short while...

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The hardware needs to clean the heads in a maintenance cycle, not just when you put the cartridges in. Hold down the computer start key when powering up to get in to maintenance mode.
This scrubs the heads 5 times before restarting.

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This is taken out of the manual for your brother machine on cleaning the print head. I honestly don't think taking the machine appart will help that much in getting to the printheads, I beleive in these brother machines the printheads are built into the machine and can not be replaced easily. How to improve print quality Cleaning the print head To ensure good print quality, the MFC will regularly clean the print head. You can start the cleaning process manually if needed. Clean the print head and ink cartridges if you get a horizontal line in the text or graphics on your printed pages. You can clean Black only or three colors at a time (Cyan/Yellow/Magenta), or all four colors at once. Cleaning the print head consumes ink. Cleaning too often uses ink unnecessarily. Caution Do NOT touch the print head. Touching the print head may cause permanent damage and may void the print head?s warranty. 1 Press Ink. 2 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Cleaning. Press Menu/Set. 3 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Black, Color or All. Press Menu/Set. The MFC will clean the print head. When cleaning is finished, the MFC will go back to standby mode automatically.

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