Question about Canon PIXMA iP4000 InkJet Photo Printer
I can only print in colours. Big black cartridge 3e does not write.
I should have posted my solution a while back. Thanks, Noah, for the post and the reminder. I tried all sorts of things to solve the problem. Soaking in alcohol. Running in hot water (all things I found in various places on the 'net.) Finally found the answer that worked for me via a tip on Amazon. I have an ultrasound jewelry cleaner. Putting water in that and then putting the plugged print cartridge in for a good, long ultrasound cleaning did the trick.
Hope this will help someone else!
Posted on Feb 12, 2008
I've fixed the exact problem on my printer.
Before spending $50 on a new printhead, after having spent $75 on new ink, I took the existing printhead and let it soak overnight in a bowl of rubbing alcohol.
I had my printhead standing up in the alcohol, so that the bottom of the printhead was completely submerged, but the top was sticking out of the alcohol - I don't know whether or not that matters.
The next morning, I removed the printhead from the bowl, stood it up on a paper towel with newspapers underneath, and let it air-dry for about 2-3 hours.
I then placed the printhead back in the iP4000 and reinserted all of the ink cartridges.
After that printing went perfectly again. All colors showed, including black.
(While the ink carts were out of the printer, I stood them up on a piece of paper, and slid something underneath them at one end so the print 'nozzles' would rest as flatly as I could get them, to try and avoid having the ink carts dry out overnight.)
Hopefully this might help you guys.
Posted on Feb 11, 2008
The black ink u are using is not compatible with print head. i suggest u using original ink by buying original cartridge
Posted on Dec 30, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Did you try another cartridge?
What can happen sometimes is that the print head can get blocked.
You can clean that by removing the print head from the printer. Do not touch the foil on the head or the print nozzles.
Boil some water, pour 1/4 of an inch (6mm) of water into a saucer, place the print nozzles in the water for a minute or so.
Take the print head out of the water and touch it on a paper towel to get the water off.
Reassemble the printer and see what happens...
Posted on Feb 21, 2010
SOURCE: printer won't print black ink
The black is always the first to wear out on the printhead. If you are using a refilled cartridge check the side of the cartridge, if you can see ripples near the hole at the bottom then the blotter material has been pushed up inside and can't contact the filter in the printhead. If all is good you will need a new printhead, QY6-0049-000
Posted on Feb 25, 2010
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