Question about Canon BubbleJet i550 InkJet Printer

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  • aregina Feb 15, 2008

    Magenta ink does not print. Black, cyan and yellow do print.

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    The ink tanks are full, but the printer will not print in black. The pages start to print in a brownish color for about three lines, and the rest print in a greenish color.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2008

    pages come out blank after installation of new cartridge and auto cleaning of 'head'.

  • Anonymous May 02, 2008

    my canon i550 prints but it skips so only some of the lettering comes out.
    i bought new ink but it still doesn't work!

  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    Replaced new ink but when it prints, nothing comes out and light flashes green 8 or 9 times.

  • siggiatli Aug 04, 2008

    is printing in black on exel os x but not on exel os 9
    is printing on red on exel os x and also on exel os 9

    not printing black in some casees at all like stickies


  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Printer is just printing a blank page with brand new cartridges


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Your printer works with the BCI-3E (bk/cyan/magenta/yellow) cartridges, that are in fact just ink-tanks, the printhead being apart of the tanks, so if the cartridges are not empty, it cannot be because of them. It doesnt matter if you replace the cartridges, the problem is in the printhead. Curious thing is that usually it starts with pour quality printing if printhead starts to clogg, not with blank pages...

If the problem occured just a while ago, you should consider that NOT PRINTING a long time (30 days) with a printer can lead to ink drying out in the printhead, clogging the nozzles. But usually not entire, so that something is still printed, paper does not come out white.

Anyway, now it comes:
If you have some tehnical skills, you can remove the cartridge and desassembly the printhead (where the cartridge are in) and do the following:

First of all, look if there is somne ink lines on the nozzle part of the printhead. If you put a paper-tissue on the nozzles and it let on paper the 4 lines (black and colors) than maybe it's useless to clean the printhead, ink is comming trough and dont know why paper comes out blank.
If there are dry:
Put a paper-tissue on a small plate (like a coffee-cup plate), then put some boiling water on it, just 2~3mm of water over the tissue.
Put the printhead with the nozzles part downside on the tissue, in the hot water.
Let it stay there in the water 30 min.
Put the cartridges back on the printhead (without installing it in the printer), rap it in an other clean tissue, than shake it strongy as if you want to force ink to get out trough the nozzles. Then clean gentle the nozzle part of the printhead on some sheets of tissue.
Get the cartridges again out of the printhead, install it in the printer, then install the cartridges again and run a few cleaning processes from the printers maintenance software.

It should work. If you dont have the tehnicall skills needed, Canon gotcha, or you can visit a local specialist to make all this for you, they usualy have better equipmens, as ultrasonic cleaners and special solvents that makes all this easyer.

If after that still dont work, it's bad, it's not from cartridges or printhead, it's something else... Dont know what, from a distance.

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Remove all cartridges. Snap the printhead lever on the right side of the cartridges down. Tilt forward, lift out printhead.  Rinse thoroughly in running water until the water runs clear. Submerge in distilled water and leave for an hour. Remove, shake out and dry thoroughly with a hair dryer on warm only (not hot). Replace printhead.  Run printhead cleaning routine three or four times.

Posted on May 27, 2008

Give some info on how to get the printhead out or otherwise this article is useless...

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