Question about Canon Pixma MP500 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Vertical lines throughout photos

My printer always printed beautifully; however, now I can't get it to print a decent photo at all. I have cleaned it, got new ink cartridges, changed paper brands, (wasted a lot of money) etc.

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  • dezign2 Dec 20, 2007

    I tried the deep cleaning of the print head and the nozzle and to no avail. My prints still have lines in them. Could it be the batch of ink? I replaced all of the cartridges at once. Have there been any complaints about the ink being bad...ever?

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2008

    Can't seem to get the Magenta cartridge to print. I've cleaned the nozzles (regular and deep clean) 3 times. I'm contacting Canon, hoping they may have an idea on how to repair. All cartridges are new and showing "full". I'm guessing there's a way to manually clean the nozzle. It may be possible Office Max sold me an old, dated cartridge? My next step is to buy another magenta cartridge and try that. I hate to "trash" a really good printer just because of a clogged head. this printer has been very, very, good to me (up until now) ...

  • Tim_and_MA Jan 24, 2008

    Same problem, Only with the Magenta...I bought a new one and it did the same thing....HELP, I love this printer. I have tried everything.

  • LeighTower Dec 01, 2008

    My MP800 has serviced me well over the years, but it has recently started giving me the same vertical line issue. If you review your MP800 on-screen manual, you will see how to realign the heads.

    1. Open the printer driver setup window and
    click Print Head Alignment on the Maintenance tab.

    The Start Print Head Alignment dialog box opens.

    2. Load a sheet of A4 or Letter size plain
    paper into the auto sheet feeder.

    3. Get a record of the current settings
    before you adjust the print head position by clicking Check Setting.

    4. Next, click Print Head Alignment.

    5. Follow the instruction in the
    message. Circle the best settings for ALL of the letters A thru J on the first dialog, enter the values as prompted. Then, continue on to the second dialog letters K thru P,

    Theoretically, the stripe lines should be resolved into a smooth image. Unfortunately, I think my printer needs a new print head because even though my new settings had changed from my current ones, there was no difference in the striping problem.

    A couple other points. By all means run the Nozzle Check procedure. Chances are that you will see an image that is closer to the "good" one. I've never had clogged heads. However, I've also never run anything but Canon ink (and lots and lots of it) in this printer. If you run ink refills or other non-standard consumables, you are bound to eventually see problems in this area.

  • info212 Mar 11, 2009

    I have the same problem, vertical lines in color pictures, any ideas?



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First of all the print head is clogged just because you have tried to print repeatedly while some of the cartridges are empty. This results ink burn in the nozzle and clog. My recipe: Heat some drinking water in the kettle (70-80 C). Put the head in it and shake gently several times until ink is completely clean (10 minutes). Change the water do the same again. Change the water again (70-80 C) this time put a spoon full of apple vinegar (becomes a natural acidic solution very dilute) shake again, clean with cotton stick. I did it and started to love my mp800 again as much as I just bought it, all colours come back and started to print superior photos again......

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  • adamn Oct 06, 2013

    Hi kevin, I know it's been a while but thanks for this tip. I was about to give up on my old MP600R which had persitent missing lines despite repeated cleaning cycles. I hadn't dared putting the head in water before but it did the trick and it's firing on all cyclinders now. Again, many thanks.


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(Got back on FixYa for a car problem and saw this post again)

Here is a follow-up:

I bought a new printhead (genuine Canon) from this supplier and it came with installation instructions. Trust me. $50 is nothing to spend on a great printer, especially given that you spend more than that to replace the ink alone! The new head will solve your problems if deep-cleaning won't.

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Solution: Clean The Print Head Nozzles (Windows) MP500 / MP800
lean The Print Head Nozzles (Windows) The following contains instructions to check the nozzles for poor print quality and perform cleanings of the print head nozzles as necessary. If print results are faint or streaks are printed, the print head nozzles may be clogged. Those phenomena can be improved by performing print head cleanings or print head deep cleanings. vertical lines throughout photos - nozzlecheckflow_en.jpg

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  • Cary Farah
    Cary Farah Dec 20, 2007

    most of the time when you get bad ink it's from non original manufactured ink cart. however i have had some bad ones and i have had bad print head.


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When I print a photo, vertical lines appear throughout the photo. The ink cartridges are new. No error message appears on screen.


Please state the model of your printer.

Vertical lines appears on prints because the nozzles on your print head are blocked, it doesn't means all nozzles but some of your nozzles are blocked. A print head of an inkjet consists of many tiny little pores or nozzles, through which jets of inks are sprayed on the photo paper to create an image, if some of this tiny pores are blocked print outs deteriorates, so cleaning the print head is an option if your printer has print head inside the printer you can first clean it through the head cleaning option present in the maintainence tab of your printer software, for printers that have print head on the cartridges, you can add a few drops of isopropryl alcohol on the print head and leave it for a minute and put it back on the printer and run the head cleaning utility of your printer software.

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