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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: black has stopped altogether
He says he replaced the cartridge twice. Possibly (most likely if it is an iP90 since after-market versions are rare) these WERE the OEM Canon cartridges! Therefore, the head assembly (a separate component, that holds the iP90 cartridges) is obviously the problem. Do this: I have written this for the Canon iP90. Generally, this will work for any printer that has print heads that are SEPARATE from ink cartridges. For example, older B/W BJ2 family Canon/Apple StyleWriter printers have ink cartridges that INCORPORATE the print head into the cartridge -so this will NOT work on them! (although I once succeeded in cleaning the heads, it was VERY messy and took several days, then required another trick thereafter). Also be aware that this is for B/W or Color printers that use water vehicle (water based) inks only (most are water-based, but some printer inks are alcohol, oil or acetone based). The appropriate vehicle/solvent must be used, and the WRONG solvent can damage heads! (for example, using water, alcohol or acetone for cleaning oil based ink cartridges can be disastrous). RESEARCH your ink "base" first, if you do not know what it is! iP90 Head Cleaning by DanaSaur: 1 These ink cartridges are grey. Remove both cartridges. 2 Now remove the head assembly that held the cartridges (black, with 3 small round seals and one large seal) (consult manual, in NEW setup sections, if still uncertain how). DO NOT TOUCH ANY PART OF THE SMALL WHITE PAD BENEATH THE ASSEMBLY. 3 Now take this whole assembly ONLY, (it is 4.5cmx5cm, 1.5inx2.0in) and drop it into a small container of warm water. DEFINE WARM: Think of a range between a "baby bottle" (slightly above body temp) up to any temp that does NOT cause pain/discomfort to the underside of your wrist!) Let it soak 30 minutes. 4 Take a NEW, CLEAN, SOFT toothbrush, dip it in warm water, and GENTLY clean the small components on the white pad below, AND the 4 seals inside the head assembly. 5 Rinse everything (even toothbrush) in warm water, under a faucet, until all items are clean (no color appears in water). 6 Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 above (but can use the same toothbrush) This time though, leave assembly in water 2-3 hours, keeping it warm (replace water every 20 minutes or so). 7 Rinse everything again, as in 5 above, gently tap off excess water (DO NOT TAP WHITE PAD FLAT AGAINST ANYTHING -ONLY CORNERS) 8 Set assembly white side down, yet tilted on a corner with a pen or clean 0.5-1cm object, on a smooth, clean surface in a closet (or other isolated environment, to avoid dust/lint etc). 9 Set a small piece of tissue wadded up and soaked with water, in the same closet (but not too close to head assembly). This will be your "advanced, high-tech, moisture level gauge" :) 9. Allow the tissue to COMPLETELY DRY... even to its core! When this has happened (may take several hours -or day in colder weather) the head assembly is dry enough to re-install in the printer. 10 Install cartridges (may be best for you to buy new ones, sorry). Let them gravity flow with natural capillary attraction for a few hours (or allow a day if room is cool/cold). Always keep printer lid CLOSED to avoid drying out ink/clogging heads or capturing dust/lint from atmosphere. 11 run head cleaning process as many times as it takes to re-saturate heads with ink. 12. Now, after doing all these steps faithfully, if printer has not started working, you let the heads dry out way too long, or contaminated them with touch (skin oil) or the wrong solvents. You will need to BUY a new head assembly. Bend over bud, this is what gets Canon accountants ****! This is why they offer cheap printers -to extort obscene amounts of money when you need parts :)
Posted on Dec 12, 2007
blank pages and bad print are not the same problem. Regarding costly ink, a epson printer tech told me once that the secrete to cleaning a bad print head was to run deep clean 7 times in a row and then a head test and it has worked for me several times on other printers (not an expert here, just personal experience).
Additional note, I have seen both cleaning chemicals and cleaning cartridges on the web, example, searching google for one for my printer I would search for cc-bci-6c which is for a canon cyan cleaning cartridge. Don't know if they work but in case it helps.. good luck.
Posted on Apr 03, 2008
If the Nozzle Check Pattern page prints correctly and completely, the problem may lie within your software settings, the interface cable, or your computer.
To remove and install only the Printer Driver for your CX6600, please perform the following steps:
1. Go to START then SETTINGS and click on CONTROL PANEL ( START and CONTROL PANEL in Win XP) and double-click ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS.
2. To remove the printer portion select EPSON PRINTER SOFTWARE and click on REMOVE. Ensure the correct printer model is selected on the uninstall utility.
3. Click OK and follow the prompts. If asked to confirm removal of any personal settings or shared files, click YES or OK.
4. Once the components are removed, power off your unit and disconnect the USB cable.
1. Go to http://support.epson.com
2. Under Welcome to Epson Support click on ALL-IN-ONES and select FLATBED and then your Stylus model name. Under the Drivers & Downloads section select WINDOWS.
3. Download the most current driver for your printer and operating system.
4. Follow prompts through survey and license agreement and downloading will begin. When prompted, choose to SAVE this file; SAVE it to your desktop so it is easy to find.
5. Once download is complete, close your internet browser. To install simply double-click the file you downloaded and follow the prompts.
6. Do not reconnect the unit until the point in the printer driver installation where you are prompted to check that the unit is on and connected to the computer. Installation should complete automatically.
Posted on Oct 25, 2008
Don't use nozzles clean function, besides ink consuming it can cause damages that cannot be fixed: black lines on the back side of the page that will be permanent. Instead put two photo paper together (2x260 gr) and push the two papers together into the printer while printing a motive including many colors. Do so a couple of times and the clogg usually disappears. Good luck! jonk
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
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