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When the printer runs out of ink, the head moves accross as normal to let me change the ink, but while I am trying to change the ink cartridge, the head starts moving spontaneouly and jams with the ink cartridge still half out. - canon i9950

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Re: When the printer runs out of ink, the head moves...

Printers can do strange things, they are none the less mechanical in some respects. Whilst in operational mode, they can start up and resume a print job that has been spooling for hours ( usually due to network issues or overloads ) but getting back to your problem, i would suggest turning the unit off when the head is in the correct spot and insert the cartridge.

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I have one theory is that most manufacturers are re-using older software drivers and updating where needed, and aren't getting away from the step by step type program enough. If a printer misses a step for whatever reason, it will continue to behave strangely until the unit has been put back in sync. Please someone tell me why is this so ? and if i am wrong, why does my printer fire up in the middle of the night, spit out 10 blank pages for no apparent reason ?

Posted on Jan 23, 2008

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The print dosen't appear on the paper

Tough call on this one. There are a lot of problems that could be happening. I'll presume you have an inkjet printer, since those are the most common. Of course, you want to make sure you have ink and that the cartridges aren't so old that they're dried up. An ink cartridge that is WAY out of date isn't likely to work. Hopefully you're working with good ink cartridges, and we'll presume that they are. Try these solutions to make your printer go:

1. Run the cleaning cycle. Usually accessed through a menu on the printer, computer, or both.

2. Clean the contacts...use 100% alcohol that can be purchased in the paint department of larger stores like Walmart or Home Depot. If you have nothing else, use cotton swabs, but be sure not to leave any cotton behind on this or the next step.

3. Clean the print cartridge jets using that same alcohol. Foam swabs are best, but harder to find. If you absolutely have to, you can use 50 or 70% isopropyl, but the other part is water...doesn't evaporate as quickly.

4. If your print head is separate from the cartridge, it gets a little weird here. First you can remove the print head (your printer manual will tell you if this has a a separate one), clean it with the alcohol. If this fails (and in my experience, it usually does), take that print head and put it in hot water in a container that's expendable (it's going to change color)...let it soak for a few hours, overnight if possible. Swish it around in the may have to repeat this step depending on how much ink is still left in the print head. When it appears that most of the ink has been cleared out, shake as much water as possible and let it dry for a minimum of 24 hours on a paper towel or something that's (again) expendable and won't bleed through to the surface you're putting it one, just in case more ink leaks out. You may have to repeat the print head washing steps a few times for the water to be clear. Reinstall the printhead and cartridges. Run a cleaning cycle...hopefully it'll work by then.

Nov 03, 2013 | Barebone Systems

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Black ink not working

Your black ink printer head might be blocked by dried materials. Try to open your printers maintenance software and execute head cleaning procedures. Try to print a test page after every head cleaning or you may run print head diagnostics. If the black ink still doesn't print, try to use another black ink cartridge and compare with initial results.

Apr 01, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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Installed new ink cartridges....printer won't print...

fixing cartridge problems can sometimes be easy and sometimes impossible.... first perform a reset of the printer... while the printer is powered on remove the cartidges ... remove the power cord from the printer tehn physically move the print carraige .... close the cover and power up the printer ... wait for the printer to request that you install the ink cartridges and install them. If this dosnt work repeat the same proceedure but this time clean the contacts on both the cartridges and the carriage. use a rolled paper towel (like a pencil) and bend it in half. Use distilled or bottled water and be very gentel... also avoid touching the ink heads on the bottom of the cartridges

Mar 29, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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Hi I have just inserted a new HP ink cartridge 94 into my HP PSC 2350, as the ink was running low. I was printing photos, which keept printing with a red line throughout the picture. After inserting the...

Try opening the printer properties and cleaning the print heads (should probably be done each time a cartridge is changed), it uses some ink up but should clean the build up from running the previous cartridge dry and hopefully solve your printing problem.

Good luck.

Mar 29, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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When was the last time you changed the black ink on the printer? If it's been a while then I would suggest you change it. If you recently have changed it then you can try pulling the cartridge out of the printer and giving it a small shake. Put the cartridge back in and run an alignment operation on the printer. You can do that through the printer utilities installed on your computer.

Mar 26, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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I have just been bought a Canon MP600 printer. I thought I follwed al of the instructions correctly. It is installed on my Computer and I have put in the ink artridges but there is still a message on the...

Ink cartridges and print heads are 2 different things.

A print head is the part on the printer that the ink snaps into. On most canon printers this part is removable.

What I would do is take the ink out and then that piece that they snap into that moves across the page, look and see if that piece removes. (normally they have a release button or lever) If it does just take it out and put it back in as sometimes the computer chips don't make a good contact and the printer just doesn't know it's there. Make sure there isn't any little piece of plastic covering the chips. They like to ship them that way.

Try that and if it doesn't help I would pack up the printer and go exchange it seeing as you just purchased it. 90% of the time just taking the print head out and putting it back in will fix your problem for you. The other 10% of the time you just have a defective head.

Hope this helps, let me know

Mar 21, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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Check that your black ink cartridge has ink inside, eventually try a new cartridge , as ink may have dried up in old cartridge.
If you use a new cartridge ensure you removed cellotape from cartrige.
If cartridge is ok, then it is printer nozzle/head for black ink.
In this case do nozzle check / head cleaning in printer tools a couple of times.
If problem persist you may need to check and clean printer's head with cotton and solvent.


Mar 20, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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I have a Canon Pixma IP 5000 inkjet printer and am using Mac OS 10.3.9. It has 5 ink cartridges: 2 black (3e and 6) and one each yellow, magenta and cyan. I use it all day every day. After printing...

Thanks for getting back to me.
Sorry this ain't a solution but it seems to be the only cash-free way to contact you. No problem not solved - though I have tried everything. Dismantled the printer; washed, dried and replaced the waste ink pads; washed the print head; blew compressed air through the print-head sponge; replaced the cartridge 3 times; printed hundreds of test prints. I can't think of anything else to do and so I think the only solution is to replace the printhead (probably not even available) or replace the printer. The latter is looking most likely.

Feb 10, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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ok" take cartriges out of printer , water on clean cloth make it damp, wipe ink heads, take a pencile with eraser , use eraser on printed circuite on the back of cartidges to clean contacts, use eraser back and forth, wipe with cloth , put it back in the printer . may have to run printer tools to clean cartridges also

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