I have the same exact problem and it has nothing to do with cleaning the printheads, etc. It was printing blank pages, I unplugged it, plugged it in again, and it printed a whole script perfectly. Then it started printing completely blank pages again, and this time nothing worked. Put in new cartridges, re booted, reinstalled the driver, moved it to another computer - nothing but blank pages come out. It sounds like it's printing, the printhead travels back and forth across and when it goes through a cleaning routine, it sounds like it's cleaning, but the ink never touches the paper.
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Re: i455 printing totally blank pages
Don't know that particular model but try this.
Sounds like the lines are a bit plugged and are running dry again after the script page.
Never leave an inkjet or deskjet for more than a week or so without using it because the ink wells can dry up.
Take a Q-tip and dip it in alcohol. Remove the cartridges and soak each hole with a brand new Q-tip. Let it dry. You may have to do this a few times before you get results. Now put in the cartridges. Go to Start Control Panel printers Click on your printer Go to Properties Go to Maintenace There should be some kind of thing in there that will allow you to clean and deep clean your cartridges.
I have recovered many "seemingly hopeless" printers this way. A lot of printers that can be rescued end up in e-waste, wasting a lot of money. Look in the yellow pages and find you local dealer if all else fails. These people are often quite helpful.
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I hate to state the obvious, but how long has it been since you've changed the ink cartridges on the printer. If you have done both the nozzle cleaning and print head alignment and nothing appeared on the paper, I don't know what else it could be.
This following suggestion is very rare - if you recently replaced the cartridges and your printer hasn't printed since then, it is possible that you installed them incorrectly; OR perhaps you left the head protector tape on the cartridge. But then it wouldn't "see" the cartridge.
In the "rare" situations, you should try to remove and replace the cartridges to assure that they are properly installed.
The chances are good that what U need to do is a printhead cleaning. On the printer if it has a LCD screen scroll through the menus and look for Maintenance or tools and then look for printhead cleaning . It can also be done through the software by going to the top left hand corner of the page U are trying to print and click on the button or File scroll down to print and click on that and that brings up a box with your printer name in it and beside that is a box called properties and look for maintenance or tools there. After the printhead cleaning it will ask if U want to print a test page - say yes if that page looks good -problem solved but it will probably take a few cleanings if U R getting blank pages now. Warning repeated cleanings use a lot of ink so only do what you need to. If after several cleanings U are still getting blank pages U might need to replace the printhead
the fact that U havent used it alot is the problem the printheads are clogged with dried ink, you need to do a printhead cleaning (or Several) There should be an INK button on the printer press that and scroll through the options till you find cleaning or maintenance and do a nozzle check after each cleaning to see if U are making progress. If there is no INK button then look for maintenance in the printer properties
Sounds like the printhead is pretty severely dried. As standard cleaning cycles haven't helped I would recommend picking up some LC900 cleaning cartridges from eBay etc. These are cartridges filled/partially filled with cartridge flush and break down ink inside the printer.
Most of them contain a mix of ink and flush and you can carry on printing as usual. Given the severity of the dried/blocked printhead you have I would recommend just running cleaning cycles, but leave 10 minutes or so between cleans to avoid overheating the printhead.
Doing the "clean printhead/cartridge nozzles" multiple times would have cleared clogged nozzles. You can also try to manually wipe the cartridge nozzles with a slightly moistened soft cloth. If that still won't help, try to replace your cartridge with a different known working cartridge to determine if your other cartridge is faulty.
there are two main areas of concern: A waste sponge located just under the printhead, and which helps to park the printhead when you turn the power off, and the actual printhead itself. There are also two ribbon connectors that attach to the printhead assembly--and if one of them is not fully plugged in the exact symptoms you describe will occure.
To reach the waste sponge require the dis assembly of the upper half of the printer. I can knock it out is about 5 minutes now! I have used about 50 Q tips to soak up the ink, and manually clan the long rectangular sponge as well.
It you want I can send you pictures of my printer all torn down.
remove the ink cartridges and use a qtip dipped in rubbing alcohol and GENTLY clean the printhead on the cartridge. Reinsert and try printing again. If it prints anything at all, keep going till it becomes normal. If still nothing, replace the ink cartridges.