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Magenta ink colour

My canon ip4200 is not printing the clour magenta. i have no error messages, i have cleaned several times but this colour does not come out at all? all the other colours are fine.

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Re: magenta ink colour

I had the same problem. Try cleaning the print heads. They tend to clog. Remove the cartridges, then remove the print head. Tilted slightly, it comes out easily. Run very warm to hot water over the print heads until they all run clear. Use a turkey baster to apply strong pressure to each head until it runs clear. Blow off the excess water with mouth or blow dryer. Insert into the printer and proceed to print. If that doesn't solve it, you might have a bad cartridge, but there isn't much that can go wrong with the cartridge. I have an ip4200 and an MP830. They have the same print heads and same cartridges. I have cleaned each twice and they work like new.

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Re: magenta ink colour - Canon PIXMA iP4200 InkJet Photo Printer Printers & Copiers

Please change that colour cartridge

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I've gotten in touch with Canon and have somethinga little different to try. At the very least the error should change.(Sorry, gallows humor). Please read this entire response before takingaction.

After the upcoming test procedure, I have included alink and procedure to contact Canon tech support. The assure me theywill replace any faulty tanks.

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Click here for the Canon PIXMA iP4200 support page
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Error- Duplicate Ink tank problem on my Canon PIXMA iP4200
<Describe how error occurs>
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Provide the exact part number (such as BCI-6C, BCI3eBk, etc.) if possible.

The Canon support rep assured me they will be glad to replace the malfunctioning tank(s) for you at no cost. Please
respond with the test results, and specify the ink tank(s) that were not recognized correctly.

They responded quickly, professionally and apologetically. They want to help get this resolved for you.

I hope this helps end the frustration you must be feeling. If you need additional help or clarification, click the ASK button.

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