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Printing blanks I have been working on a project in which I've been printing simple addresses on hundreds of sheets. The CX4200 has been doing great, aside from the occasional "catastrophic jam" in which a page would get jammed and crinkled and torn inside the printer (the sheets are pretty thin). Each time that happened, I would dig the pieces out and, to the best of my ability, make sure that the crinkled pieces add up to the whole sheet. Suddenly, the printer has stopped printing. It still "goes through the motions," but the paper comes out blank. I've cleaned the print head multiple times, changed a couple of cartridges when they ran out of ink, run nozzle check patterns, etc., all with the same result: Though the print head moves back and forth as if it is printing, the paper still comes out completely blank. Is it possible to inspect the bottom of the print head, to see if a piece of paper is stuck there? Is there anything else that can be causing this? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • Kelly Cheek May 24, 2009

    Yes, I tried multiple test patterns (completely blank) followed by multiple cleanings.


    I was on a tight schedule with a job I was doing and didn't have time for this. I decided it was time to retire the old one and bought a new printer.


    Thank you.

  • Steve Greenfield May 11, 2010

    Have you tried printing a test pattern to see if the printhead works at all? Go into My Printers and right click, select Properties and look under Maintenance I think it is called. From there you can print a test print or an alignment pattern.

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If you still have the old printer a couple of suggestions that may resolve the issue and provide you with a backup.

Printhead cleaning (manual approach)

  1. Get the printhead off the parking pads and pull the power cord
  2. move the printhead out of the way to the left
  3. soak the parking pad with a distilled water or if possible a mildly ammoniated cleaning solution (the original windex is prefect for this)
  4. move the printhead back into the parking position
  5. leave for 24 hours to allow the solution to wick up into the printhead nozzles and breakdown the clogs.
  6. Plug the printer back in turn back on.
  7. Allow to do a single cleaning routine then print a nozzle check.
  8. You should now get most of your nozzles back.
  9. Allow the printer to reset for another hour and then print off a few test prints..
  10. Repeat if necessary.

This approach is much more effective than trying to use the cleaning routines which rely on the printhead nozzles only being mildly clogged.

If after all that you're still having problems, there's a thriving market for spares/repair printers so it's always worth seeing if you can flog it on ebay or similar, even if it's just for a few pounds/dollars.

Hope this helps for future reference.

Martin

Posted on May 28, 2009

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