When I print a photo, the black ink doesn't print. I bought new cartridges thinking the ones that came with the printer were faulty. But I have the same problem with the new cartridges. Weird thing is that the black ink shows up every once in awhile. Any suggestions?
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Re: No Blank Ink When Printing Photos
Inkjet printers nozzles can dry out and get clogged. If the units
printhead cleaning does not work you can remove the printhead and
manually clean it. There are many ways to do this just be careful and
do some research online. My personal method for cleaning any inkjet
printhead is to use distilled or de-ionized water (i hear windex works
as well). You can soak the printhead nozzles or you can use a Lint-free
cloth. Wet the cloth and wipe the printhead nozzles from front to back
or back to front following the grain of the nozzle lines you see on the
printhead. do not use a circular motion or wipe left to right across
the nozzles. Also be sure to update your Firmware to the latest version
from the kodak site. Just incase there was a problem in the code that
wasnt completely capping the printhead when its idle. If it never
recovers you can contact kodak and see about getting a new printhead.
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The Canon Pixma inkjet printer is an all-in-one printer, scanner and copier capable of printing high-resolution photos. One handy feature is a slot for a memory card so you print photographs directly from your camera. It can also print completely without any border for full-sheet photos. Printing photos and other high-fidelity documents uses up ink more quickly, and you will probably need to replace at least one of your cartridges every three to six months, a process that should take you about three to five minutes.
1.urn on the printer and check the LCD screen for an indication of which ink cartridges are low. Note that recycled ink cartridges sometimes read "Ink low" even when they still have ink, so print a test page if you're not sure.
2.Expose the ink tray by lifting the entire LCD control panel, which is attached to the underside of the copier tray.
3.Pull out the used ink cartridge by pulling straight up from the print head, and dispose of them safely and carefully by putting them in a sealed bag.
4.Remove gently any packaging from the new ink, after giving it a few shakes. Pull off the protective tab on the cartridge, insert the new cartridge into the print head and push down until you feel a click. Close the printer lid and let the printer reset the ink tray.
5.Print a test page to make sure the new ink works. If it doesn't, you may have forgotten to remove the protective tab under the cartridge.
Remove all cartridges, make sure any tape has been removed from over the nozzle. Ensure that everything has been installed properly, then use your printer (prompts on device, or in printer>control panel) to print some test pages, realign heads, etc.
My Canon printer has TWO slots for black ink cartridges. I assumed one was extra and didn't replace it when I ran out. Text printed just fine with only one installed, but my photos were printing with purple instead of black. I looked into it, and the two cartridges are different: one holds dye-based ink, the other has pigment based. Photos must require both kinds. If your printer is the same as mine, use both!
The PGBK cartridge is a pigment black ink, while the others use a dye for coloration. The pigment black is used when printing text and other documents. The dye ink is used when printing photos and other colored documents. The dye black is used in conjunction with the color (dye) inks to provide tinting and color gradation, and therefore is not used nearly as much as the pigment black unless you use your printer only for printing photos.
If you're printing text and documents, you will need to buy another pigment black (PGBK) cartridge.
its ok I solved it! I didn't realise that all the photo cartridge does is gloss over the colour picture produced by the colour cartridge. I simply had to replace the colour cartridge which had run out, so now its all working perfectly!!