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Why is my Canon PIXMA MG6220 skipping lines when it is printing?

Assuming that you aren't running out of ink, it probably needs either a good print head cleaning (beyond that the software does) or a print head replacement, if you model had replaceable print heads. My experience with Canon printers has been mixed, but some of them have replaceable print heads and some don't. Make sure you're not running out if ink before you proceed with the following.

You could try this first:

1. Get some distilled water.
2. Remove the print head and remove the ink tanks.
3. Get a shallow cup or dish and put the print head in it.
4.Add distilled water to just barely immerse the print head only.
5. Add several drops of the distilled water to the "inside" part of the print head in each color section.
6. Leave for several hours or overnight.
7. Remove the print head and discard the water, clean your cup or dish. If the print head is fixed and not removable, go to step 14.
8. CAREFULLY blot, do not rub, the bottom of the print head.
9. Run the "deep clean" print head cleaning cycle once.
10. Run the test print or nozzle check to see if it is now printing without white bars (skipping parts of the lines.
11. If this works, then do your print head alignment.
12. If this doesn't work, you might look into buying a special print head cleaning kit that has a syringe, a tube (or tubing), and an adapter or two in order to allow you to inject the special cleaning solution into and through the print head, doing whatever the directions tell you to do.
13. If that doesn't work, then see if you can buy a replacement print head.
14.If you weren't able to remove the print head for cleaning, then it may be time to consider it not worth the trouble and replacing it with another printer. I like the Brother brand of inkjet printers since they use much less ink during the cleaning cycle and some of the models have optional high-capacity ink tanks.

To avoid this happening in the future, make sure you use your printer at least every few days. Print something that has every color in it so that it keeps each part of the print head from drying out. Keep in mind that every time your printer runs a cleaning cycle, you use up quite a bit of ink for most brands of printers, so if you replace your printer, consider a Brother printer. It's not that Canon makes all bad inkjet printers. They've had some that were apparently problematic in the past (like the BJC-6000, which I went through 3 of those before the warranty expired), but they use a lot of ink when they run their print head cleaning cycle whenever the firmware determines that it needs to run the cycle.

If you are successful in getting the printer to print lines without missing bands of color, then keep the printer by all means. Consider getting some generic replacement ink tanks so that you can afford to run the printer every few days. Many printers are sold at a very low price because the company expects to make more money on replacement ink tanks. The lowest priced ones seem to use more ink, too.

Also, if you don't need color printing, consider a black and white laser printer. Before buying, check the price of the consumables -- toner at the very least, and if there are any replaceable parts other than the toner cartridge, find out how long those are supposed to last before replacement and how much they cost. Your first toner cartridge might be a "starter cartridge" which may not even be half full of toner, so buy a spare toner cartridge when you buy the laser printer. Some brands have a rather high cost per page because the replacement toner cartridges cost a lot.


Jan 14, 2015 | Canon PIXMA Office Equipment & Supplies

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How can I fix my ink problem?

It is possible the ink carriage and print head are very dirty and needs servicing.

Aug 25, 2014 | Brother LC51BK Print cartridge, Inkjet...

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Magenta won't print at all on test page. Tried normal cleaning cycle several times to no avail. Also tried "power purge" cleaning cycle twice also with no success. Help!

The magenta print head nozzles maybe blocked.
Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent ink drying out and blocking the print head nozzles.
If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages, then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive.
It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer than replace the print head.

May 20, 2013 | Brother MFC 6490CW InkJet Printer

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HP 1200 Business Inkjet, dutifully prints BLANK info page from printer button.

Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent ink drying out and blocking the print head nozzles.
If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages, then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive.
It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer than replace the print head.

Feb 19, 2013 | HP Inkjet 1200dn Printer

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Epson C900 paper crumples when printing

Any idea how many pages have gone through it? There's a duty cycle total on the printer. If you've exceeded 50% of the maintenance kit duty cycle, it may be time for a kit replacement. Otherwise, it could be something as simple as paper with too high moisture content. Clean the rubber rollers and pickups with Windex or Glass Plus on a lint free cloth. This may get you a few more pages of printing if it's time for a kit.

Jun 18, 2011 | Epson Office Equipment & Supplies

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I have a HP1050c plotter and I have a "monitor 19" message next to one of the printheads when plotting??? What does this mean?

Hello Dear .....This type of problem occurs when one of the print head completed his duty cycle, so pls replace them as indicated by machine.replace them your problem will be resolved.give the rating if problem resolved

Oct 28, 2010 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Epson stylus C88 makes black horizontal lines on the print

This "banding" is caused by uneven ink flow through the print nozzles.

Have you tried a cleaning cycle? If not, try one (right click the little printer icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select head clean). Now run a nozzle check (right click the little printer icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select nozzle check). Is there any sign of ink on the paper. Try up to three
cleaning cycles. If ink is now flowing, but not yet perfectly, don't carry out any more cleaning cycles. Just leave the printer for 24 hours (to allow any air in the print head to disperse). Then repeat the cleaning cycle/wait process. It may take a while to restore a perfect nozzle check print.

If you have already done lots of head cleans with no perfect results, are you sure you have good ink cartridges properly installed? The printer determines the amount of ink left in the cartridge by counting the number of ink "shots" when printing, head cleaning etc. This information is stored in the "chip" on the cartridge. Thus, it is not an actual measurement of the ink left, but an estimate calculated by subtracting the total shots from the original full ink quantity. This estimate can sometimes be grossly in error, usually due to a cartridge replacement not being carried out correctly. To eliminate this possibility, buy a new set of compatibles on E-Bay - they're very cheap. You can always re-use the old ones later if it turns out they DO have ink in them.

If none of the above works, then you may have blocked print head nozzles. You can try soaking the print heads for 24 hours (or more), as follows. Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head moves out of its parking position, pull the power cord out of the back, or turn the printer off at the mains. You may now carefully move the print head by hand over to the left hand side out of the way. Look inside the print head parking area on the right and you will see a small rubber cup that comes up to cover the print nozzles when the head is parked (to stop it drying out). Use a syringe or dropper to fill this cup with head cleaning fluid or distilled water. DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Carefully push the print head by hand fully into its parking position so that the cup full of fluid
comes up over the print head. Do not turn the printer on at any stage in this process. Leave this for at least 24 hours, then turn the printer on and try a head clean/nozzle check again. If you get any black ink on the nozzle check, then there is hope! Repeat the process until you get a full black nozzle check. If nothing, repeat the process once more.

If still nothing, post a new comment detailing what you have done and the results.

Apr 04, 2009 | Epson Stylus C88 InkJet Photo Printer

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Printer head hot

hot, as in temperature reading? now, that's a cool printer..means it's running to fevered of a duty cycle..need to give some time out between print jobs.

Feb 19, 2008 | Tally T2250 Matrix Printer

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