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  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2007

    Same problem. Also, when trying to align the print head I get eleven orange flashes from the leds.

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    Changed black ink cartridge and prints come out with a greenish/blue color. Performed an alignment. Don't get any color prints either. Both cartridges are full or close to full.

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2008

    totally no ink purging after replacement of new cartridges

  • Anonymous Oct 25, 2008

    It just stopped printing black even though there was black in the cartridge, but the other colors work. tried cleaning it.

  • summerlender Mar 07, 2009

    same problem here...any solutions?



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SOURCE: Printer won't print

If the ink is too low the head cleaning won't work. Also, I have had to do the cleaning functions several times for it to work. Will it print a test page? Look in to reinstalling a print driver.

Posted on Nov 01, 2006


SOURCE: HP K550 blak print failure

Hold the far button on the right down for a minute and it will move the head over for access

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

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SOURCE: Canon S530D-Have cleaned nozzles,changed ink

No I haven't fix the problem. However I've been doing all the cleaning,cleaning and more cleaning. I finally gave myself a x'mas present. I bought a new printhead for the S530D. It's working perfectly now. I was tossing whether to get a new IP4600 or a new head, finally decided on the latter. Simply I can't get after market cartridges for the IP4600. The cartridges for the IP were way too expensive at this moment and not knowing whether the claims for the print numbers are accurate. Perhaps readers may be able to collaborate the claims for the IP4600 or IP4500.
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Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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SOURCE: Black ink nozzle clogged

If you have tried 5 or 6 head cleans, left for about 10 hours and then tried 3 or 4 more without noticeable result then you probably need a head cleaning solution. Google for stockist near your area or try this one:
Hope this helps. Please take a moment to rate this solution, thanks.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009

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SOURCE: nozzels clogged from lack of use. Bought new ink

As it's an Epson the best thing to do is chuck it and buy something new.
Epson printers are notorious for this if they have not been used regularly. as the print head is actually part of the printer and not something to can replaced like it is with a Canon or HP the entire unit has to go back to Epson to be cleaned.
I know many people, professionals included, who have given u pon Epsons for this very reason.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009

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Cannon mx860 fails to print in black ink. loaded new cartridge, still doesn't print in black. will print in color..

With the Canon MX860 you can removed the print head assembly quite easily and clean it with water. I have posted a youtube video for your reference.

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Black color will not print. Installed a new black

Ink is a lubricant for the print heads. Some color ink is used even if you only print in black or vice-versa. If you printed with a color missing, you could destroy that print head from the friction of running without ink to lubricate it. That's why most printers won't allow you to print with a color missing even if you aren't using it.

If you allow a color to go empty, the residual ink in the head could clog and become permanently blocked. You would never be able to print that color again. So always replace ink cartridges as soon as they are empty.

Leaving your printer on takes very little power. Every so often the printer sends a signal to cycle the ink in the heads so it doesn't clog. If you turn your printer off, the next time you turn it on it will do a cleaning which wastes a lot of ink. The excess ink is soaked up by the waste pad beneath the printer. When the waste pad is full, the printer stops working. Unless you want to spend more than the cost of the printer or waste a lot of time on a messy cleanup you will end up throwing the printer out. So shutting it off actually shortens its life.

If you leave the printer off for extended periods of time, the ink in the heads will clog and you will have to throw the printer away. Someone I know with a Canon (though this can happen with any inkjet) had to have the heads replaced twice within the first few months before the Canon tech told her to stop turning it off. Since then it has worked perfectly for over a year.

How to clear blocked print heads:
-leave the printer on for a day
-run several head cleanings and print the nozzle check pattern
-if that doesn't fix it, remove the cartridge(s) from the blocked head and drop alcohol where the ink enters the printer.
-reinsert the cartridges
-run one head cleaning
-wait about an hour then run some head cleanings.
-dip the print heads in Isopropyl Alcohol overnight, which you can buy from chemist
-if that still doesn't work, your heads may be clogged to the point where they need repair or replacement, which will probably cost more than a new printer.

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I have set the Canon MP560 printer to print grayscale (black and white) but it still uses the color cartidges, apparently to periodically clean the nozzles so they will be able to print when needed. So I...

Canon has made there printer this way to SAVE on your black in and also to lubricate the print heads and other technical reasons.

To be honest I do not think its in your best interest to override the settings on this print due to the cause of damage to the print head and other sorts of failure.

There are chip re setters and other forms of ways to trick the system, These Void the warranty and thus Canon does not allow for this type of compromise to save ink. the best thing you can do here is purchase a ink kit with a chip that uses a contentious flo system to save you on ink purchases and money.

Here is a link to a example

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I've got a Canon Pixma MP 500. Printing from my computer = faded print. Copying = blank page. Auto head align fails. Alarm light goes on. Have tried stop/reset button. How can I fix this?


It sounds like the print head on your printer is either clogged or not working.

You get faint print from your computer because the computer will use your color inks to get gray. When you copy, it only tries to use black and the black isn't printing at all.

Check your user's manual and it should show you how to clean the print head. Otherwise replace the print heads and you should be fine.



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My i560 Canon printer prints all colors but not the black ink

after a month of not using the printer, most probably the print head is clogged.. try using the printer utility to clean the print head.. it's under the printer properties.. normally that should resolve the print missing issue...unless your print head is really clogged up...
some would suggest to partial soak the print head onto warm water..but it doesn't work everytime..

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Only black!

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Canon i560 won't print black text anymore

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