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Will print in any color but black

Printer will not print in black ink. Someone suggested cleaning the plunger. I don't know what that is or how to clean it. I have tried to clean the printheads and replace the ink cartridges. How do I clean the plunger? What do I do?

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  • vgriff576 May 21, 2009

    When i print in black, it acts like it is printing, but there are no words on the page. I usually have to change the color of the font but even that color is sometimes off. When i print pictures, there will be gray but where there is darker areas of black, it will be red.

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As far as I remember HP's have no "plunger" to clean.... what happens when you print in black. (making this a solution but will keep working with you until I figure it out)

Posted on May 21, 2009

  • wnhosley Feb 19, 2011

    Have same problem. Prints color, goes through the motions on black (w a new cartridge) but nothing comes out. ???

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According to canon.com's website regarding the i9900 InkJet Photo Printer:

Why color ink may be used when printing in black and white Even when printing in black and white, color ink is used for the following reasons:
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Right-click the printer icon, and then select 'Properties'.
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3. Select 'All Colors', 'Black' or 'Color' for the print head to be cleaned.

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4. Read the message displayed, and then click 'OK'. The power lamp blinks and print head deep cleaning starts. (Do not perform any other operations until print head deep cleaning is complete. Print head deep cleaning takes about 1 minute.)

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Check ink tank vent hole The ink tank requires air to flow through it so ink can move from the reservoir to the print heads.

  1. Confirm there is no orange tape across the top of the ink tank

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