My Canon i860 has a dirty black print head, but it won't initialize cleaning. The queue just disappears without it doing anything. I have tried selecting just the black head for cleaning, selecting "all colors", and have tried both regular and deep cleaning. Nothing so far has made it execute.
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Run through the tools on the printer to clean the printer head and realign the print head.
If this does not work, then you will have to remove the print head and clean it (with rubbing alcohol) until residue is removed. Or you can soak it over night with a 25% rubbing alcohol and 75% water mixture.
pull the ink cartage back out to see if a clear film is not on the cartage??? Check the area by cleaning the ink cartage with rubbing alchole, and also the area that the ink cartage goes into. Use a cotton ball the clean these area with.
This sounds like the print head alignment is not stabilized and may indicate you need a new print head ($$$). Try looking in the Service Manual. A copy of the Canon i860 Service Manual is downloadable at:
yep, print head needs proper clean, here it is. OK, Canon will hate me for posting this. 1. Remove ink cartridges 2. Remove print head 3. go to sink or tub (stainless steel, not plastic type), pick up a roll of paper towel on the way. 4. Fold several layers of paper towel and place on flat surface. 5. Run hot water until HOT! 6. Turn hot water back to a dribble. 7. Run the dribbling hot water through print head, be careful not to wet the gold contacts. 8.When water running through print head is clear, place print head on paper towel. 9. Repeat number 7 and 8 until no colour shows on paper towel. 10. Gently DAB print head (DO NOT WIPE) inside and out with dry paper towel until dry. 11. I normally replace print head after drying, but you may wish to let it air dry overnight. 12. Replace print head in printer and install cartridges 13. Start printing. I do this to all 4 of my Canon printers every 6 months or so. If any colour fails to print after this process it means your print head probably needs replacing.
The gray-colored arm (it's not that small) is to the right of the cyan cartridge. It is the arm or extension of the gray-colored hinged cover. Remove all ink cartridges, lift the gray-colored arm up, and pull the print head out. Clean the print head with a cotton ball soaked with water or rubbing alcohol. Dry and re-install the print head.