Question about Canon PIXMA iP4200 InkJet Photo Printer
None of the colours print on my documents. The black one prints fine. I use refilled cartiges, I've reseted the printer. Suddenly all the colours disappeared. I've washed the printhead, to be sure it isn't cogged. Did I distroyed it? What should I do next?
Hi i am a Canon certified tech for this machine.the orignal problem you had most likely was not your printhead but since you washed it most likely it is ruined. the problem most likely is the purge unit. the purge unit is the unit to the far right of the machine. this unit cleans and purges ink from the ink tanks to the printhead. to do this it uses 2 pads one for black and one for color. these pads can be flushed with water to soften up any ink. i would also replace the printhead which can be ordered by calling 1-800-OK-CANON or by going to their website. one other tip, refilled ink cartridges cause more clogging of printheads and purge unit then OEM ink. this is because the ink is thicker then the OEM ink. hope this helps to clairify.
Posted on Jan 05, 2008
Just did this and had to soak in white spirit and push spirit through with a syringe to clear it. Thanks for the advice
Posted on Jun 23, 2008
Mater478, you say the purge unit can be flushed with water - how?
I can see the pads (they both look black but guess this is due to the mix of colours) but you do not say how to remove the pads/unit.
if you don't remove them, short of dunking the whole printer under water you would not be able to flush the unit.
Posted on Jun 15, 2008
Solved the problem definitely by buying an HP printer. Done with Canon.
Posted on Dec 22, 2012
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