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No ink onpaper

Every thing workssounds like it is printing but no ink comes out on paper is it possible that the ink may have dryed up havent used in over a year.

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Very possible - what type of printer? - ink jet? if so change the black and if it works then replace the other colors - also run the cleaning of the heads

Posted on Apr 16, 2009


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Is it at all possible to print on a Canon IP 4500 when the large black cartridge (for text) runs out? It ought to be possible, when all other cartridges are far from empty.

it is possible, when it shows catridge emtpy error press and hold the resume button for 5 seconds
also change the paper type from plain paper from photo paper so that the printer only uses the small black catridge for printing black docs

Apr 16, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Paper comes out torn and see loose piece of foam

Remove the ink cartridges and print-head then remove the long skinny piece of foam and wash it and dry it - don't wring it out but press it between sheets of paper towel. You'll see lots of ink come out of it.
Using more paper towel, clean out all the ink you can find inside the printer - there will be lots. Look at the end where the print-head parks and you'll see 2 more sponge pieces. Don't remove them but use plenty of towel to absorb as much ink as you can from them.
Once you think everything is clean look for any loose bits of paper inside and remove them. Then, refit the now dry piece of foam. It's not as hard as it looks as the thing is shaped so that it will only fit in one way. Make sure it is properly seated then refit the print head and the carts and switch on.
I've had this happen twice in the last year on my ip5200 - particularly when using scrap paper.

Dec 31, 2009 | Canon PIXMA™ MP510 All-In-One InkJet...

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My printer doesnt print. i am told its because i havent used it enough. is this a problem i will always have with any injk jet printers. can i clean it at all

The ink will harden at the print head if allowed to sit for long periods. You can try taking a wet paper towel, put in the microwave get it really hot. Draw the cartridge over the hot wet towel (in one direction only) till the ink flows. Then take a dry paper towel and draw the head over it the same number of times. Make sure its dry and reinstall.

Nov 28, 2009 | Lexmark JetPrinter X1185 All-In-One InkJet

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My Deskjet 3915 has gone over half a year without use and will not print. The paper is fed through and the ink cartridge moves back and forth, but no ink comes out. Any ideas?

You have committed the cardinal sin of inkjet printers, lack of use. The printer responds by letting the ink dry up in the feeder tubes and the printhead nozzels.
While it is possible to repair, time and dollars and cents (sense) say "Hey, it's time to buy a new printer!
Next time, if possible, print at least 1 page a couple of times a month. A pain, but it works.

Aug 03, 2009 | HP Deskjet 3915 InkJet Printer

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Mfc not used for 3 years. seems be printing but no ink comes on paper

It is my belief that ink has dried in the all-in-one printer ports.

Ink flows through minuscule, little ports, (Holes), in the ink cartridge.
These are covered by metallic foil tape when you get a new ink cartridge, that you are instructed to remove, before installing.

On the all-in-one printer, it has matching holes. When the ink cartridge is installed, it's holes line up with those holes. I think ink has dried in these holes, on the printer.

It would be my suggestion to clean these holes. It's not hard, you use a warm water, damp clean cloth.

-> Printer Unplugged from power
Open the printer to remove the ink cartridges. It is at this point, that I would advise donning a pair of rubber gloves. (Dish washing?)
Helps to keep the ink off of your hands, and fingers, just in case.
(The ink cartridges are open now)
Remove the ink cartridges. Soak a clean, lint free cloth, in as warm a water as you can stand. The warm water helps to dissolve old dried ink. Wring the cloth out until it is damp, NO drips.

You should be able to judge where the holes are in the printer body, by the area on the ink cartridge. Wipe in one direction, on this hole area. (The holes are so tiny, that you won't really be able to see them. {Or maybe I need better glasses! lol!}
Wipe what you think is the area. Looking at the ink cartridge, and where you removed the tape from the cartridge, you'll have a pretty good idea.

Once you wipe across, and pick up ink, I suggest using a different clean area of the cloth, and do it again. I would do this procedure, until there is very little, or none, picked up by the cloth. (Ink)

Once you are satisfied that this area is cleaned, I would use a hair dryer to speed up drying. You don't want this area to be wet, when you reinstall the ink cartridges. Hair dryer on low, keep it constantly moving back and forth.
When you are satisfied it is dry, reinstall the ink cartridges. Close the printer case. Plug it back into power. (Hands dry, no gloves. Not trying to insult your intelligence)

Turn the printer on. Wait until it resets itself. I would now go to the Diagnostic section, and do diagnostics. Then align the heads, and print a test.

May 22, 2009 | Brother MFC-5840CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Printer problems

In this case what i would request u to do is.......
Take out both the catridges from the Printer.........
Take 2 Paper Towels one should be wet with Luke warm water and the other one should be dry...........
Take the Colour catridge first turn it upside down and u will see a small copper plate on the catridge from where the ink comes out.......
Place the wet paper towel using ur thumb on the Copper plate and press it a lit bit for 10 Seconds......
Now remove it and see whether u see any ink on the paper towel..........
U should see some ink on it now place the dry paper towel on the ink catridge in the same way........
Now do the same procedure again..........
Do the same procedure twice on the Black Catridge.................
Now take the dry paper towel and turn the direction of the cartridge so that u can see a Copper plate on it with small boxes just clean that copper plate with the Dry Paper Towel..........
Know insert both the catridges inside the Printer..........

Good Luck.............

Apr 04, 2009 | Kodak EASYSHARE 5100 All-In-One Printer

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It is printing after printing several pages

  • It is probable that the drum can no longer hold the toner. You will have to replace the drum.

  • It is possible that the paper is causing the problem. If the paper absorbs moisture, the toner will not print on the paper since it does not print on moisture. Use fresh and dry paper. That will solve the problem. Make sure you store your paper in a dry place.

Apr 03, 2009 | Konica Minolta magicolor 2400 Laser...

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Brother 350c

First printing a photo takes lots of ink , it depends on the color of the photo , cyan is blue which maybe consumed more in the printing or there changes that the ink may have dried in the cart hence your getting this error ,remove cart take damp paper towel and hold the paper on the place where ink comes out gently for 20 second ,make it does not touch copper contact it may damage the cart ,make sure you check the place where ink with dry paper its usually bottom of the cart and repeat the above step with dry paper towel and try to print if you get the same error then you need to replace the cart or you can contact brother support and get cart replaced , once cart is used you need print once in week to keep cart from drying, you can use any photo paper which is compatible with printer .

Good luck....

Good luck....

Aug 24, 2008 | Brother Office Equipment & Supplies

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RX580 printer just stopped drying the photos we were printing?

Hi Kory
Inkjet printers are very fussy about the type of paper they use. The safest bet is to stick with paper made by the same company as the printer. Photo paper contains a texture that absorbs the ink and if the ink isn't soluble to that texture it won't dry right.

Another possibility is are you using re-manufactured or refilled ink cartridges? Although cheaper, this solution for expensive ink cartridges is not always good for the printer. You could have a bad cartridge in there.

Let me know about these things and we will go from there. Thanks!


Jun 20, 2008 | Epson Office Equipment & Supplies

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Blank paper

That is the most likely cause.
Also under the cartridges, there are some ports and pads that may have dried out. In that case unplug the machine, and remove the cartridges, trickle some alcohol slowly to dissolve the sticky ink in that area. Place some paper towels under the print head area as you trickle in the alcoholl and allow it to drip into those towels. Then allow some time to dry.
The cartridges and those port areas can dry out or become very tacky.

Feb 26, 2008 | Lexmark Z715 InkJet Printer

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