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How do I clean the ink reservoir on an HP8600 pro printer?

I cleaned the print head on the printer using some methods found on ebay. E.g. soaked the print head and used a bit of isopropenol to unblock the heads. That worked, but I think the ink is too watery at this point and whenever I do a print head cleaning cycle in the printer, the head comes out covered in ink. I think this means the cleaning pads are soaked in ink and I need to replace or clean them. Looking for a way to do this. Thanks

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It is quite an undertaking for a novice to dismantle and remove pads and absorbers for cleaning and or replacing , but yes you should be able to, the ink is water soluble so with enough hot water you would be able to

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Still sounds like a bad ink cartridge, try cleaning the bottom of the cartridge with a Kleenex and soapy water. Dry it off real good.

Look where the cartridge sits and clean the same way.

Ink jets are dead technology.

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INK PROBLEM
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.

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Jessica:

This could be one of a few things... First, Windows 8 is a completely different animal from Windows XP! Try reloading your printer driver in Windows 8. If this doesn\'t work, you need to clean the paper pickup rollers at the front of the printer (where the paper first feeds into the machine. I use a Q-tip moistened (not sopping wet) with rubbing alcohol... gently scrub the whole pickup roller and then the feed roller next to it. Check carefully (with a flashlight) for any shards of paper that might be blocking the paper path. There is also a sensor flag (small finger of plastic) sticking up that the paper must hit to let the printer know that the paper is feeding through. If you do not see the sensor flag, it is either jammed or has been broken off when a piece of paper was pulled backward out of the paper feed area. First reload the printer driver, and try to print. If it doesn\'t print, check and clean the rollers and look for the sensor flag.

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Testimonial: "Thank you I tried all of what you said it it STILL will not print will not scan error paper jammed error or ink error. Every day that this thing is not working is another day were I'm not earning anything I Have to be able to scan my art work, and print out things. There is nothing jamming the printer I have looked the ink cartrages are brand new i feel that my printer is not reading things correctly and is giving these errors, because it does not have an error to go with whats wrong? Have had actual jams before it's not acting the same way, can't put my finger on it."

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My printer only prints magenta\


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A color or photo cartridge is either low, clogged or has run out of one of the basic colors it mixes together to create the colors in your images. The printer cannot print correctly if it lacks one of the basic colors, even if it still contains some of the other colors. The cartridge may also be clogged. The cartridge must be replaced

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You can try to clean the printer head manually. To clean the printer head, remove the ink cartridge from the printer. Moisten a cotton swab by dipping it in hot water or isopropyl alcohol, and then gently wipe the printer head. Do this repeatedly until it softens the dried ink.

For models where the printer head is located in the printer, you can put 7 to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol in the ink receptacle where the ink flows from the cartridge to the head. Turn the printer to self-cleaning mode. You can also leave it for a few hours or overnight before repeating the self-cleaning mode.

If the print head is located in the cartridge, soak the print head in hot water and let it soak overnight. Dry the print head part using a paper towel and switch it to self-cleaning mode.

If the hot water soak does not work, place the cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and let it soak overnight. Wipe off the soaked area and dry it carefully using a damp paper towel. Turn the printer to self-cleaning mode to remove any dried ink.

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Skips lines in printing


It sounds like the print head needs cleaning or you are running out of ink. You can buy print head cleaning kits on ebay or so it yourself with distilled water by soaking just the bottom of the print head in it, keeping the printed circuit contacts out of the water. Dab it dry with paper towel and try using the cleaning cycle then see if all the lines print. You can, I believe, also buy a replacement print head for this printer if you don't get anywhere with cleaning it.

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HOW CAN i CLEAN THE HEADS AND RESET THE NOZZLES.


How to Clean Print Heads

Method 1 of 5: Self Clean Program for Windows XP/Vista Users

1 Open the control panel menu and select "printers."
2.Choose the printer to be cleaned and right click. Select "properties" in the drop-down menu.
3. Choose the tab for cleaning. Various printers might have it listed under different names such as services, cleaning or maintenance.
4. Select the nozzles that should be cleaned, if applicable to your printer, and run the printer's cleaning program.
5. Print a test page and check results. Repeat cleaning 2 to 3 times if needed.

Method 2 of 5: Self Clean Program for MAC Users

1.
Click on "system preferences" and select "open print and fax."
2. Choose the printer that needs to be cleaned and open "Open Print Queue" or "Print Queue."
3. Click the utility icon for the applicable printer and select "maintenance." Select "cleaning" from the pop-up menu and click "OK." You might have to choose the tank you want to have cleaned.
4. Run the head cleaning program and print out a test page. Repeat cleaning 2 to 3 times if needed.

Method 3 of 5: Manual Cleaning
1.
Check your printer's owner manual for the location of your print head. Refer to the directions below if the head is in the printer and not part of the individual ink cartridges.
2. Remove the ink cartridges and dab hot water or isopropyl alcohol onto a cotton swab.
3.
Rub the swab against the print head to loosen dried ink. You can also use a dropper to drip 7 to 10 drops of the isopropyl alcohol into the ink receptacle if your print head is deep in the printer.
4. Run the printer's own cleaning program 2 times and then let the printer sit overnight. Repeat the self-cleaning utility the next day.

Method 4 of 5: Cartridge With Print Head
  1. 1Soak the ink cartridge in a bowl of hot water overnight if your print head is inside the cartridge.
  2. 2Remove the cartridge from the water and dry it thoroughly with a paper towel.Put it back into the printer and run the cleaning program. Repeat 1 time if it does not work.
  3. 3Place the ink cartridge into a bowl of isopropyl alcohol and let it soak overnight if the hot water soak did not work.
  4. 4Remove the cartridge and wipe it off with a damp towel before drying it.Attempt the self-cleaning program again. If it does not work this time, you probably need a new cartridge
Method 5 of 5: The Vacuum method

  1. 1I replicated the way the printers themselves try tho clean the cartridges
  2. 2Using a Vacuum cleaner hose
  3. 3attach the printer cartridge to the vacuum cleaner hose with the cartridge upright, nozzle down using plasticine or blu-tack
  4. 4for no more than a few seconds at a time turn on the suction , regulate using the suction or curtains regulator on the vacuum cleaner.
  5. 5Repeat if necessary
  6. 6if the print cartridge is cleaned , ink will be visible , if its a multicolour cartridge the resultant ink will be black if all 3 jets are clean
  7. 7wipe off the residue ink with tissue or toilet roll .
  8. 8Refit & print test page as per other comments .
  9. 9This definitely worked for me and has no know side effects apart from the odd inky finger !
Tips
  • Print a page every 2 weeks or so and turn off your printer when it's not in use to keep the print heads from clogging.

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How do i clean the head of the canon ip90v printer?


Steps for Manually Cleaning the Printer Head Step 1 - Remove the ink tanks and printer head. Remove the ink tanks from the printer head (tank holder) and seal them in a zip lock or other sealable plastic bag. Set them aside, preferably propped upright.
Next remove the printer head (it snaps out). NOTE: You may want to wear latex gloves to help keep ink off your hands.
Step 2 - Soak the printer head. There are multiple suggestions on ways to clean the printer head and all have some variation on the following:
  • Get a small, shallow pan and lay down a layer or two of paper towels in the bottom of the container to protect the printer head circuitry from contact damage.
  • Heat up (via microwave) enough purified/bottled water to cover the paper towels. You can also use a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and distilled water (about a pint will do). Heat the mixture in the microwave for about a minute or so - it should NOT be boiling.
  • Slowly pour the water or mixture over the paper towels so that you have approximately 1/2 inch of liquid in the bottom of the pan.
  • Set the printer head into the container on top of the towels. You should see ink 'bleeding' out. Move the print head to several different spots (about a minute each spot) and shake gently. This will dissolve the ink clogs.
  • If the printer head is badly clogged let it soak for 3 to 4 hours or overnight. You can move it slightly to a different spot every hour or so.
Alternative Soak Method:
Mix a 50/50 solution of warm water and Windex and place in a shallow container, enough to cover the base of the printer head and ink ports. Leave for 2 hours while agitating the unit occasionally. Remove from the mix and lightly scrub the base and internal ink ports with an old soft toothbrush. Do not scrub the gold contacts but don't be concerned if they get wet. Return the unit to the mix for another 2 hours and agitate occasionally. Remove and scrub again as before.
Step 3 - Flush the printer head with water.
  • Hold the unit under a softly running warm water tap. Place your finger over the tap to create back pressure to allow you to squirt the water into all crevices of the printer head. You should see the gunk build up flow out. Do this until the water runs clear.
Step 4 - Dry the printer head and replace.
  • Remove the printer head and rinse it thoroughly with distilled water. Shake it dry and set it on folded paper towels to air dry. (Some folks use a hair dryer on a low setting to dry the printer head.)
  • Reinsert the printer head and ink tanks. The printer should automatically do a "Printer Head Alignment." If it doesn't, manually perform "Printer Head Alignment" through the printer's utility. Next run a printer head cleaning cycle or two followed by printing a nozzle check pattern to check your progress.
  • Repeat as necessary.
Variations on the Above Steps
  • Soak the printer head in one of the proprietary solutions (Cartridge Flush, Magic Inkjet Flush) specifically designed to clear print heads. Soak the print head for about 10 minutes to overnight depending on the degree of blockage. It has also been reported that you can clean the print head with an electronic toothbrush and cleaning solution for about 20 seconds with excellent results.
  • Use a full eye dropper to flush alcohol through the appropriate ink 'hole(s)' that show inside the printer head unit. Don't rush this: do a drop at a time or you might flood the inside of the unit.
  • Purchase an ultrasonic cleaner. Wash the printer head under the water tap to remove excess ink. Load the cleaner with the printer head and water so that the printer head rests lengthways in the cleaner with the electrical contact surface visible. Repeat the cleaning program a few times, using clean water in each program.
Preventive Maintenance
It's a good idea to regularly conduct preventive maintenance on your inkjet printer to prevent it from developing clogged printer heads. Printer heads become blocked for a number of reasons, but the most common is simply that the ink cartridge and the printer head have dried out. Never let the printer stand with an empty cartridge. Either fit a fresh one, or seal the print head unit in a plastic bag with a few drops of water for humidity. Since print heads become clogged when not used for long periods of time, regularly print a page or two to keep the print heads clear. Some experts say that it is better to print one colorful page a week than to run a printer cleaning cycle, because doing so uses a lot less ink. Ideally, printer cleaning cycles should be started once a week to prevent the printer head from getting clogged.
There are other more ink-efficient ways to be able to clean printer heads that will prevent their clogging just as effectively as running the printer's cleaning cycle:
  • Brush the printer heads with Q-tips soaked in water. Sources vary on whether alcohol would be more effective than water, but in the opinion of some printer experts alcohol can be harmful to printer heads and should thus be avoided.
  • Buy a cleaning kit and use it regularly on your printer. A typical cleaning kit usually has a tube of ammonia that you can spray on the printer head to remove dried ink.
  • Covering the printer when not in use to keep it free from dirt and debris also helps prevent the printer heads from getting clogged.

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My printer won't print anything - only blank pages. However, both ink cartridges have ink. Please help!


If the self-cleaning cycle does not solve the problem, try turning the printer off overnight to allow the ink to soften. Turn the printer on the next day and try printing a test pattern to see whether the problem has either disappeared or become less noticeable. This ink-saving procedure can work effectively because sometimes the dried ink on the print head needs time to soften before the printer head can be cleaned completely. Try running the self-cleaning utility again one or more times.
Steps for Manually Cleaning the Printer Head

If the overnight cleaning still does not work, there may be a layer of thick ink that is blocking the holes of the printer's head. The next option is to manually clean the printer head. Follow these steps:

* Determine from the owner's manual where the print head is located.
* Remove the ink cartridge from your printer and then dip a cotton swab in hot water or isopropyl alcohol and rub it against the print head. This should loosen any crusted ink. NOTE: Be careful, especially if you use isopropyl alcohol to clean your print heads: Some printers use rubber gaskets, and if you get isopropyl alcohol on the gaskets it could dry them out.
* For models where the print head is in the printer, drop 7 to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol (91% denatured isopropyl alcohol - not 'rubbing' alcohol) down the ink receptacle area where the ink actually flows from the cartridge into the head. Run a few self-cleaning utilities. If possible, allow the printer to sit a few hours or overnight and repeat the self-cleaning utility.
* If the print head is in the cartridge, soak the cartridge print head in hot water. Allow it to soak overnight. Dry the print head area with a paper towel. Repeat the self-cleaning utility.
* If the hot water soak did not unclog the print head, place the cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and allow it to soak overnight. Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the print head area and dry carefully. Try the self-cleaning utility again.
* If the alcohol soak did not unclog the print head in the cartridge you may need to purchase a new cartridge. This will provide new print heads that won't be clogged. Contact a service technician for repair of print heads in the printer if the alcohol did not unclog the printer head.

Jun 09, 2010 | HP DeskJet 5150 InkJet Printer

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Does not print


Hi,
First of all please check the ink level. If it is not finished try followings:

First try to run a cleaning cycle. To do that:
- Load paper in the paper tray. - Access printer utilities. (Right click your printer icon, select printing preferences and click the utility tab to access printer utilities) - Click the nozzle check icon. - Print to check it.
Then click the clean button to clean the print head. - Try it a few times.
İf it doesn't help you can try to run power cleaning cycle. But it uses much ink. There must be enough ink in the cartridge.
Hope this helps.

Apr 24, 2010 | Epson Stylus Pro 4800 InkJet Printer

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Heads will not clean, done everything Epson Stylus Pro4800 Manual says it has cost me a fortune in ink and waste tank. Is there an easy way to clean heads?


Usually the simple way to clean old ink from heads is to get a container of alcohol from the drug store and either using a Q-tip or paper towel soaked - wipe the print surface of the head to remove the old ink, then run the head clean utility once after. If you cannot reach the head surface, move the print head to change ink position, unplug the printer and fold and lay the paper towel soaked in alcohol under the head and manually move the head back and forth by hand to clean it. You may need several sheets of towel and alcohol to do this. Fold the paper thick enough so it will touch the head surface to clean.

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How do I clean the head of my hp 1350 printer cartridge?


One way of 'cleaning' the head is take a small shallow cup of some sort, fill it enough just to place the cartridge head in (maybe 1/4" or 1/2") of warm water, Soak the head of the cartridge for about 5 minutes. Manufacturers do not recommend this, however I have found it works for a cartridge that has been sitting for awhile unused.
It removes the dried ink from the head and lets it flow again.

Most printers programming has method of cleaning the print heads by printing. Try that a few times, if no luck, soak the head as described above. Good luck!

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MP830 Cyan Ink won't print


I have fixed the problem with my MP830 not printing black. It was the print head. I took the print head out and noticed that the black was clogged.

Apparently as the print head uses such fine jets to get the quality levels up, it seems to be quite common for the print head to become clogged.

There are many ways of unclogging the print head, allot of people I read about used alcohol type liquids to clean with, but I was able to get mine unclogged using warm water, a syringe and some good quality paper towel.

Its a tedious process, but you have to unclog all the dried out ink out of the print head. Some people suggested soaking the print head over-night in water or alcohol, but I was too impatient for this method.

There are two small screws which I undid, this allows the print head to come apart and give you better access to clean. using warm water in a syringe(large needle and body-the type used for re-filling cartridges) squirt water into the offending color hole. you should be able to see all the dried ink comming out.

The paper towel is used to bleed the water and ink through the printhead slots.

If anyone is interested in the method which worked for me, feel free to drop me an email and I can offer some more details, maybe would be easier with a few pics too.

I am outta time, kind of hard to explain in a few paragraphs.

My printer was 2 weeks out of warranty when I did this, there was no way I was going to pay a cent more for a new print head thats for sure.

Use this method at your own risk.

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Canon PIXMA iP5000Inkjet printer


Greenishness output is due to a lack of magenta (cyan and yellow combine to make green). The magenta print head nozzles are probably clogged with ink. Canon would have you buy a new print head ($75 ?). However, you can clean it yourself.
First get out some paper towels or heavy tissue paper (maybe napkins); something that doesn't give off a lot of lint is best. Also get a roll of cloth or rubber tape, duct tape works great. Get a bottle of something like 409 or one of those 'orange' cleaners that you use to clean your counter top. You'll know it is the right type of cleaner when the ink continues to come out of the print head during this procedure.
First you'll need to protect the circuit board area on the back of the print head by covering it with one or more pieces of tape. This is to prevent the cleaning fluid from getting behind the circuit board and shorting it out later when you place the print head back in the printer.
Place the print head straight up as it is in the printer on a folded, flat piece of paper towels while gently pressing down. The remaining ink should begin to appear around the edges of the print head as it is being absorbed. You'll have to continually move the print head to other clean spots on the tissue as it soaks in. The tissue helps by drawing out the ink (capillary action) and by keeping the individual colors from going into the other color nozzles. Make sure that the tissue you place the print head on is always flat and not curled or folded; this could damage the nozzles.
Spray the cleaner into the top of the print head where the cartridges normally reside. I will refer to this as the cartridge reservoir. Spray enough cleaner into the reservoir to cover the round spongy contacts that connect and align with the ink cartridges. This will soak into the print head just like the ink from the cartridges and begin pushing the old ink out the nozzles onto the tissue.
Continue squirting cleaner into the reservoir and moving the print head to clean spots on the tissue until only clear cleaner comes out onto the tissue. For the clogged nozzles this may take quite a while and lots of tissue, but the cost of these supplies is certainly less than the cost of a new print head! Don't run water through the print head!
Now carefully remove the tape and place the print head back in the printer and replace the ink cartridges. You don't have to wait for the cleaning fluid to dry and, in fact, you don't want to. As soon as the ink cartridges are in place the ink will begin flowing through the nozzles. Now run a alignment test and nozzle check to test out the system. Then resume printing those family pics, nudes, charts, etc.

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