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Prints without any errors but no ink on the paper.

I've replaced both the black and color ink cartridges and have also replaced the print head (all from canon) but still no ink ever gets on the paper. Have noticed some ink under the ink tanks inside the print head.

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  • kb3ebl Dec 12, 2007

    Same problem... IP90 has new ink...and acts like it is printing, but nothing ends up on the paper. Canon Customer Service just referred me to a local repair shop.

  • s_c_k Sep 20, 2008

    Same problem. Have replaced ink cartridges several different times and just installed a new printhead, but absolutely no ink ever gets on the paper. The printer appears to be working normally, no weird sounds or flashing lights, but when the paper comes out there is no ink at all.

  • Heide Provencher Sep 21, 2008

    I also have this problem. My printer is new (six months old now), and initially I received a defective printer (wouldn't work out of the box). This replacement had been fine for the first few months, but this summer it saw very little use. When I would use it, it printed as if the nozzles were clogged. After several attempts at cleaning, I replaced the printer cartridges. The printer then worked, so I assumed it was because I was in a dry area, perhaps something dried up. Today, I replaced the cartridges and color works, but I can not get the black to print. This is a super frustrating issue...someone please help. I was thinking about ordering a new print head, but apparently that didn't fix the problem for others. The posted suggestion is not the issue. The ink cartridges are snapped in place as they should be. Any other ideas?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    FILLED INK CARTRIDGES AND NOW IT WONT PRINT THE PAPER JUST COMES OUT WITHOUT PRINTING

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    replaced ink now prints blurry

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If you have new print head assembly and cartridges, and waited for flow, and the printer is MECHANICALLY sound (not dropped or G-force damaged), then all that is left is improper cartridge installation. You may not have the cartridges fully inserted/, or maybe they are not PROPERLY inserted. Look for a snap when in place (and no wiggle). I suspect this is your problem, because one symptom you mention, ink accumulation INSIDE the head/cartridge cradle, is VERY rare -unless the cartridge is inserted improperly. The cartridges/head assemblies have VERY good seals to prevent leakage. Unless the o-rings/seals are damaged, leakage outside the seal just does not happen at all, normally.

*New head/cartridge installs can take several hours -sometimes even a day in cold weather, for small iP90-like printers to saturate the heads -and print.

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