My canon pixma ip4200 runs beautifully, until one day i ran out of ink. i replaced the cyan and magenta with brand new ones i went to go buy, but the cartridge continues to blink (meaning it's empty) and i don't know what to do!!!!!! i spent 50$ on these silly ink cartridges and they don't even work. :(
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It's going to cost you ink but your may get it working again.
- Remove all ink cartridges
- Remove the printhead itself
- Carefully (avoid splashes!) hold the printhead under running warm water until the water runs fairly clear
- In a bowl large enough for the printhead, put about 1-1 1/2" (25-40mm) of household plain or 'sudsy' ammonia
- Set the printhead in the ammonia and ignore overnight
- Repeat the water cleaning
- Shake out as much of the water and you can, then allow it to dry for at least 24 hours
- Reinstall printhead in printer
I have better results starting with fresh ink cartridges but have had to use a removed one now and then.
This is one of the printers that does not object to frequent use but will clog if allowed to sit too long between operations.
If your memory is better than mine, do one of the print tests every couple of days.
I had the same problem. Try cleaning the print heads. They tend to clog. Remove the cartridges, then remove the print head. Tilted slightly, it comes out easily. Run very warm to hot water over the print heads until they all run clear. Use a turkey baster to apply strong pressure to each head until it runs clear. Blow off the excess water with mouth or blow dryer. Insert into the printer and proceed to print. If that doesn't solve it, you might have a bad cartridge, but there isn't much that can go wrong with the cartridge. I have an ip4200 and an MP830. They have the same print heads and same cartridges. I have cleaned each twice and they work like new.