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Runs through the motions, however, no ink to paper

Please help. Can't afford to keep buying new portable printers. :(
I have a Canon BJC-85 portable bubble jet printer. I just returned from being at sea on a fast frigate for almost 3 months (that was fun). What wasn't fun was that when I went to hook up the laptop and print a doc, the printer made all the right sounds and moves, but no ink on paper. I replaced the cartridge and also its housing (all new) and again, action but no ink to paper. I ran the maintenance deep cleaning several times from the control panel and still same thing, no ink. The printer worked perfectly before I went on the boat. It sat disconnected until my return. Obviously, it wasn't glad to see me; such rebellion. My notebook is a Sony VAIO PCG-FRV37 for what it's worth. Such a frustration. I know bullets are cheaper, however, that's not an option. What should I do Oh Great One?
Thanks. -Johnnie R. AKA Radar

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  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2008

    Replaced old cartridge with new. Paper goes through the printer, but hardly any or no ink appears on the paper. Printer had not been used in several months.

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2008

    New ink cartridge. Paper goes through the printer, but only a few light ink marks appear on the page.



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If you changed the ink cartridge and the printhead......try removing the cover and make sure all the data ribbons are connected properly. The widest one that goes from the top to the main circuit board can be damaged quite easily. A pinch or hole will stop data from being transmitted from the PC to the printhead. The printer will go through all the motions but nothing comes out. Also check the rest of the plugs and cables. Canon may suggest you need a new Chassis Platen (guts). But unfortuantely, they do not make or stock those anymore. Our company bought the last of their stock. Time to look on eBay.

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