I am not sure if this will help but I will try. I have 4 types of Canon printers and 7 canon printers. I have had problems w/some of my colors not coming out. There are 2 ways that I've done. First is the simpler one. Just go to the printer maintenance and choose nozzle cleaning for the BCI3 or the Colors CMYK or for all. If after that you do a print check, not the printhead alignment, and the black still doesn't come out then the 2nd way is to pump it out of the printhead. The print check should give you an indication which of the black is not coming out. I checked over the net and see the IP4000 has 2 black cartridges BCI3 and BCI6. So we need to identify which of the black is not coming out. Based on the print check you can identify which of the black is clogged. I suggest you remove the printhead from the printer. The lever that holds the printhead should be just above or in front of the cartridges. I'm guessing that you may have used refilled cartridges before. Which might have caused the clog. But then even original inks under extensive use also has that problem. Not as fast though. You can choose to identity which of the 2 black colors are clogged or you can choose to just unclog the 2 black colors in the printhead. You can do this by getting a syringe and a plastic or rubber tube that has about 5mm for the inner diameter hole. Cover the round nozzle from the inside of the printhead and slowly pump out the nozzle. You should have tissue or newspaper under the printhead and make sure it less than an inch above the tissue or paper. That way you don't get splattered when the ink comes out. When the old ink has cleared out, put the cartridge back in w/ the printhead. Turn the printer off and on a 2-3 times so the printer can prime the tubes in the printhead. Do either 2 light or 1 deep cleaning. Then do a printcheck to see if the black will print.
I think you problem is only a clogged printhead. So you can do the light nozzle cleaning,or deep nozzle cleaning or you can flush out the printhead manually. This should open it up and I think it will be ok. If not, let me know. That's going to be a challeng for me.
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Welcome to FixYa! Solution 1. You might want to check the ink levels of your printer. One of the ink color might be out. Your printer uses the C,M,Y (one cartridge) and K (another cartridge). The printer mixes this colors (C,M,Y,K = cyan, magenta, yellow and pink) to produce the right colors including black. Solution 2. Please do a printer head cleaning. You can do it using your printers software maintenance option. Thank you for using FixYa.Have a great day.
The 3550 won't print in any color if any of the colors are out. You'll have to replace the color ink that's empty to get it to print.
In the future, if you're just printing black and white, you can select "Print in Grayscale" from the print properties to just use the black ink cartridge, which will help the color cartridges to last longer.
It depends what type of things you are printing. If you are printing text, you should be able to print more pages. If you are printing photos, you are using more ink per page. If you use more of one color, you may also run out quicker. You didn't say if you were running out of ink in the black or the color or both cartridges. The black cartridge is rated at 200 pages and the color cartridge is rated at 150 pages. This is based on printing pages that may differ drastically from what you actually print. Here's a web link that explains this in more detail.
Next time you buy a printer, spend a little more and find a printer that has a larger cartridge (check the number of ml (milliliters) in the cartridge). These printers cost a bit more but you will save on the cost of the ink. Cartridges all cost roughly the same regardless of how much ink they have. You can also look at websites that rate each printer cost per black and white and color pages.
the pixma printers use the large black tank in most modes like text and standard (default) or fast photo printing .. thats most economical when you are using just plain paper .... it will switch to the small black tank only if you select "High" quality mode .. that black matches the nature of the color inks much better and results in really good color pictures if you are using Gloss or Matt high quality photo paper .. you can select the quality level by the following ... when you start to print, a window comes up where you can select which printer you want ... at the right of this window is "preferences" .. click that .. now select the type of paper and "High" quality mode .... now the printer will slow down but will provide really nice results and it will use the small tank black ink instead of the large tank ....the small tank is only used for "high" quality photo prints which is only needed for high quality photo paper .. if you havent tried that yet you might want to get some glossy photo paper (either Canons or Costco has great stuff if you want a lot, like 150 sheets) but most glossy paper will work except colors might need tweeking for some ... print a nice photo in the high quality mode and you should be really impressed .. and you will be using your small black ink tank .. you might want to make the first few pictures small (2x3 inch) untill you are sure everything is the way you want it .. i usually print in the top left corner first .. then reinsert the same paper and try again right next to that .. i do that until i get the colors perfect .. then i print big .. 5x7 or even 8x10 on a new sheet... the high quality mode can be selected for just plain paper and it will use the special black ink but it doesnt result in a better picture .. so no point in doing that unless you want to experiment .. if you never print high quality photos then you will never use the small tank black ink .. it will still be used up eventually because of normal head cleaning the machine does automatically .. ...
grey scaling does not select the special ink unless you select "High" for the quality setting .. then yes you can print using that small tank black ..again it will buy you a lot if you are using High quality photo paper ... almost nothing for plain paper but at least it will allow you to use that ink .. ..
Resetting the Ink Counter When an ink tank is replaced, the ink counter must be reset. The low ink warning is only displayed properly if the ink counter is reset.
Message Prompting Confirmation of Ink Tank Replacement If an ink tank is removed, the printer will output a message prompting you to confirm replacement of the ink tank at the start of the next print job. When an ink tank has been replaced, follow the procedure below to reset the ink counter. The low ink warning is only displayed properly if the ink counter is reset. Important If infrared communication is performed in Windows XP or Windows 2000, the printer will not output the message asking for confirmation of ink tank replacement. Reset the ink counter from the printer driver when you replace the ink tank.
1 Check the message, and click Yes.
Note Mistakenly clicking No instead, will prevent the low ink warning from functioning properly. If this happens, be sure to open the driver's Properties dialog box and manually reset the ink tank counter in the Maintenance tab.
2 Select the replaced ink tank, and click OK. The dialog box allows you to select the replaced ink tank. When both black and color ink tanks have been replaced, select both Black and Color. If you have not replaced the ink tank with a new one, click Cancel.
Resetting the Ink Counter in Printer Properties dialog box
1 Open the Printer Properties dialog box and click the Maintenance tab. 2 Click Ink Counter Reset. 3 Select the newly installed ink tank, then click OK
you need to print only in black if that is all the ink you have, and also you need to remove the color cartridge as it still registers in the printer as able to be used, although it is empty or near so. Did you remove the tape over the print head fron the new ink cartridge? Do a print head alignment, or use the toolbox icon to tell the printer that you just replaced the cartridge. Some HP models chip the ink cartridges so even a refill wont register as a full tank and the printer wont print. chip needs to be reset (difficult) or just replaced with a new cartridge.
I believe that he is reffering to the waste ink tank where the cartriges stop to the right when not being used. There are two small foam pads over there.
I cleaned mine by opening lid and have carriage run to the left, then I reach in with a q-tip and press down repeatly until q-tips are almost clean. You will need a flashlight to see waht you are doing.
Hello, I found this in a repair manual for the MP830. summery is to press and hold the stop/reset button for 5 or more seconds. I copied the info from the manual too.
The remaining ink amount
 (Applicable ink tank icon)
The remaining level of the following ink cannot be
An ink tank which has once been empty is
installed. Replace the applicable ink tank with
a new one.
Printing with a once-empty or refilled ink
tank can damage the print head.
If printing is continued without replacing the
refilled ink tank, press the Stop/Reset button
for 5 sec. or longer to record the use of a
refilled ink tank.
After the above operation, the function to
detect the remaining ink amount is disabled.