I've used my S200 for a year (since Jan 2006) mostly every other weekday for black text printing only. I've printed 20-25 pages of black text only 4 days out of 7 every week last year. Now after replacing my black ink that ran out last week as it has done before; it won't print nothing now. I've deep cleaned about 8-10 times. It prints 1 page and the next page is blank? It will not print anything on a nozzle test? I've aligned the print head also.
After all of my research on the net knowledge bases; I believe it's time to simply replace the "print head"; don't you think so? Plus can I replace the head myself at home rather than paying a tech service $65.00? The head only costs $15.00.
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Re: Is it time to Replace my S200Print Head?
YES, IT IS EASY TO REPLACE THE CARTRIDGE, JUST PRESS DOWN A LEVER FOUND ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PRINT HEAD AND EVERYTHING LOOSENS UP... YOU COULD ALSO CHANGE THE CARTRIDGE BY REPLACING IT WITH A BC-20 CARTRIDGE... IT'S A PURE BLACK CARTRIDGE.
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Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent ink drying out and blocking the print head nozzles. If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages, then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive. It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer than replace the print head.
I am afraid that Dennis (Writing below) is correct, When you have smearing it is a print head problem and they need to be replaced, If you have had this printer for many years (HP GOOOD Printer) you should check prices on a new machine, the reason for that is that HP has discontinued support on many machines as of 1 Jan 2013, If you can find a print head for your system it may be half the price of a new machine, Also; if one print head is going it may not be long before you see the same problem on the one or more color print head. It is probably not what you were hoping to hear but right now HP has several really good systems on sale,
the body of text of the test page is black ink. From what you describe, the print heads are clogged. Most HPs use cartridges that have the head built in, but if not used for an externded period they can dry up and clog.
Try repeated head cleanings (10 or more) see if any change. If none, try new HP ink cartridges
Your question does not tell me what printer you have so I will assume it a modern HP made after 2004.
HP Printers use a ink cartridge and this is connected by a tiny pipe to the print head that sprays the ink on the paper. Your problem is with the Print head and not the ink supply.
There is a remote chance that some paper felt or paper dust, or even a stray piece of tape has blocked the lower part of the print head. I assume that this is the black print head, so that is the head marked with the letters K Y (Black and Yellow) on most modern HP Printers. Try to clean this using the clean or clear functions found in the maintenance section of the Printer Software. If that does not do the job then follow the instruction to replace the print head but rather replace the print head use a clean cotton pad with a few drops of alcohol to gently clean the print head and replace it as per the instructions. If that does not do the trick then the bad news follows....
Because the lower part of the Print Head gets the most use (., and underlining all use the bottom part) its also the first part of the Print Head to fail. If you live in the U.S. or Canada the print heads are not expensive. Go out and buy just the Black (K Y) if that is 80% or more of your printing use. If you are doing a lot of color it pays to buy the two heads together in one package.
Hello, It may be problem in print head or purge unit, bzt first did you try with print head cleaning under printer properties/preferences?Try few times, if not, remove ink crg., remove print head, take lint free clotch and moisture it with destilled water and put the print head on it few minits, then dry it with anoter lint free cloth.Put it back in and repeat the head cleaning and nozzle check.
If not helpfull replace print head and purge unit with absoerber
I purchased a c6180 in Jan 09 have just got the black working fine.
After pulling the nachine apart, thinking maybe to soak the head, found micro pump for ink air in black line
Run copy black only (took maybe 12x25 times) then head clean
Try head clean after 50 copies
Cannot rule out that reseating all connections helped
it isalways header printing problem or some time ,checkcatridge assembly stacking or not if stacking replace,or catridge ink flow late,means in between catridge and printing head,conduct with paper. replace head assembly.