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Black ink cartridge failure

My original black ink cartridge, only used one week, gets black ink goo on the bottom of the cartridge and then has white lines all through print area. I have replaced the cartridge 2 times and after a short time the same problems starts all over. I can clean the cartridge but the problem comes back.

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Your printer may not be sealing the print head when it is off or in sleep mode. That would explain the build up over time and the fact that it is fixed by cleaning the print head. If your printer is still under warranty, take it in to get it checked. If it's not under warranty, you may just have to live with the problem or try to fix it yourself.

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Canon pixma mp150 printer shows error E 2 7 and alarm light is on also cartridge holder is stuck on right hand side and wont slide to the left

If you are able to produce a self test print, this is good since it illustrates that the cartridges are electrically stable...if you observe any 'E' or 'V' error states (i.e. "E xx" or "V162" for example), this may indicate there is possibly an internal electrical problem with one of the ink cartridges. Refer to your user guide if E/V error messages are displayed.

Inkjet411 support page on the PG-40 black / CLI-41 color ink cartridge series: :

If, after following the suggested ink monitoring/level reset procedures, you still have an error condition which prohibits regular printing, then the ink cartridge probably has internal electrical damage (micro-electronics failure); such a failure is unrelated to the ink cartridge refilling process. Typically, when the cartridge fails the problem is 'masked' by the ink out/empty condition so it can be difficult to distinguish between the two. Many cartridges eventually do encounter problems or failures, especially after their original ink is gone and they are re-used, and this is often unrelated to the refill process (i.e. typically ~2 years from original manufacturing date). Refer to picture at bottom of this page:

Canon 30/31/40/41 - Refilled Cartridge Activation Instructions:
Canon 50/51 - Refilled Cartridge Activation Instructions:

If, following a reset of the printer via the 'Stop/Resume' button, printing is permitted but the 'Ink Low' indicator continues to be lit then one of the inks cartridges may be suffering from marginal internal electrical performance - a potential failure of the cartridge may eventually occur which will prevent printing.

However, if your printer works routinely after inserting a brand new PGI-40 black ink cartridge in it, then this will confirm root cause of failure as being limited to the ink cartridge iteslf.

CAUTION: Be advised, the use of compatible/clone cartridges (i.e. sold thru the internet from overseas) are known to be problematic and may cause printer errors and/or permanent PRINTHEAD failures. We do NOT suggest refilling these types of ink cartridges.....refilling of Canon original/genuine ink cartridges is only suggested!

Canon 30/31 Ink Refilling Services & Additional Cautions:
Canon 40/41 Ink Refilling Services & Additional Cautions:
Canon 50/51 Ink Refilling Services & Additional Cautions:

If you ever need to purchase a new ink cartridge(s) and are trying to cut costs, we suggest you try a remanufactured ink cartridge from as their ink cartridges typically have the lowest cost in the USA, have a high reliability rating, come with a 1-year warranty and provide free shipping for all orders above $20 (these are remanufactured ink cartridges which have been pre-tested in an actual printer; purchases are only available to USA residents).

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the technical information provided herein. For any additional questions please contact us directly:

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Get the esp 2170 to not print light green instead of black ? I keep on replacing cartridge , to no avail !

replacing a cartridge, while the nozzles are blocked won't help.
Realise the printer will mix there colours to get "black" on the paper. So even a full cartridge, can't make the other colours black till the blockage is gone.

Please try this. If you have ink cleaning fluid, (only for printer ink) use that, if you dont have cleaning fluid, use clean water.
Open the printer as if you replace a cartridge. Remove the black one and look tot the bottom of the cartridge holder. There is a little pipe, where the ink should go in. put some drops water or cleaning fluid in there leave it a few minutes. with a tissue dry it and again insert some drops of water or cleaning fluid. Then put in a cartridge and give the printer a black and white print job. Like print a few A4 papers. Let it print till the black comes back. Can take up to 4 pages A4. I hope this will unblock the nozzles.
Please even if you don't need to print, switch the printer on at least once a week. And even better, let it do a bit of printing every week. This will save a lot of frustration.

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The only way to solve the problem is by replacing the color cartridge.
If you only want to print black and white get a black and white printer.
Sorry, but that's the cold hard facts.

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