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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! can't get the black inkjet to work properly. it is making white blocks evenly spaced through out my papers. i had previously just fixed a c502 error. could i have knocked something out of place?

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Re: aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Bring it back to where you got it fixed and let them know that they did not properly fix the printer. DO NOT PAY ANYMORE for them fixing it properly. Let me know how it goes.

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Inkjet printers do not like being left unused for long periods.
Some of the color print head may be blocked. Try several deep cleaning of the print head to see if it can clear the blocked print nozzles.
If none of this works then the print head needs to be replaced.
A new cartridge will not solve this problem.
NOTE the print head is not a cheap item, you may consider putting the money towards a new and better printer.

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Black and white prints are not black

Sorry, steve, that you are experiencing this problem.

According to'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:
  1. Automatic cleaning of the print head.

    To prevent the print head nozzles from clogging, the print head is automatically cleaned periodically. At that time, a small amount of each color ink is consumed.

    Therefore, although printing in black and white is performed, color ink is also consumed.

  2. Color inks may be used to create black.

    When printing in grayscale or on photo paper or when duplex printing, although printing appears in black and white, the color black may be created using the three (cyan, magenta, and yellow) color inks. Printers without a pigment black tank / cartridge will print black / grayscale will create a composite black using color ink even on plain paper.

    Therefore, although printing in black and white is performed, color ink may be consumed.
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I might suggest taking out the color ink cartridges leaving only black there, but some printers don't take kindly to this. So, you may have to further experiment with magenta, cyan, and yellow to make it at least seem b&w to your best eye's judgment.

Good luck on this.

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  • Lift the printer access door, then remove the ink cartridges from the printhead.
  • Insert the ink cartridges into the printhead, then press down firmly until you hear them click into position.
  • Close the printer access door.
  • Reprint the picture or document that had the quality problem.
  • if still light prints then proceed further
  • Print Test Page
  • Review the printed test page and verify that:
    • the left color blocks are gray, cyan, and black.
    • the right color blocks are magenta, yellow, and black.
    • each block is completely filled with color.
  • If no---> Clean Printhead, the On/Off light flashes during the cleaning procedure.When the On/Off light glows steady, print test page again.
  • If Yes---->The problem could be caused by the type of paper you are using.

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Take the cartridges out, then take the print-head out and run it under warm water for a few minutes. You could stand it in a saucer of warm water if you like - just the nozzles . Dry it thoroughly - use kitchen town and then refit it into the printer. Put the inks back in and then do some test prints.
It might take 2 or 3 goes but it should clear the blocked nozzle(s)
Inkjets like to be used - it keeps the nozzles clear.

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Could it just be that the black cartridge has run out? If not, try and clean the print heads. You should be able to do this in the printer options in Windows. It is more than likle that the black nozzle is blocked.

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Print out a test print to see what comes out. If the printer is printing the black and colour blocks then the printer should be OK. If not then check the black and colour inks to make sure they are OK and remove each of the cartridges and reinstall them. Then run a full cleaning cycle and reprint the test sheet. Keep doing this until all the inks are printing OK. Then run an alignment test making sure that there is plain white paper in the paper tray and adjust the printer as necessary.

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