The ink in the inkhead dries out over time.
Solution: Soak the inkhead (the very bottom of the cartridge where the ink jets are)in a saucer/bowl with about a quarter inch of warm water in it. Leave it to soak for about 5 minutes then wipe the inkjet area with a tissue to dry and clean it. Mind the ink on your fingers. That should do the trick. If it doesnt work after that try soaking it again for a longer period. Works for me.
WELL IF YOU DON'T USE IT AS OFTEN IT WELL DRY UP AND ONCE IT DO THIS YOU WOULD HAVE TO BUY A NEW CARTRIDGE. IT'S LIKE LETTING A CAR SIT UP FOR ALONG TIME WITH OUT BEING USED YOU WOULD HAVE TO BY TIRES, GET ANOTHER PAINT JOB, AND ETC....
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Simple problem that print head cleaning will typically not fix. The black ink is pigment based so it tends to form more stubborn clogs. Just remove the print head and if you have a steamer hit the black printhead nozzles with some pressured steam. If not available, soak the surface of the printhead in shallow hot water (try not to get the contact wet or be sure to dry them if you do). You can tell if the printhead nozzles are open by folding a section of wet paper towel like 5-10 layers and then soak it, press the printhead surface up and down lightly on the wet paper towel and if the nozzles are open you will see some ink pulse in the black port screen (the colors will also pulse from the pressure of the liquid under the printhead). It's easier than it sounds so give it a try. I've saved 100s of Canon printheads this way.
Note: if you have a really dried out head, you sometimes have to soak from the top inlet ports and the bottom nozzle surface to clear, but unlikely in you case since you had a black cartridge installed with ink in it (this keeps the top port from drying).
Did you know that a perfectly good ink cartridge can dry out enough in just two weeks to be no good ever again. Not that all of the ink drys out, just that the ink closest to the working exit drys, clogging the exit holes and preventing the liquid ink from exiting. Often the printer indicates that the cartridge is still close to full but that color will not print out. I recently had this happen with an expensive jumbo black cartridge. After researching this and speaking with two printer technicians, my worst fear was confirmed. My almost new $35.00 ink cartridge was no good. And there is no way to fix it.
Knowing that these cartridges dry out pretty quickly, do not purchase a jumbo cartridge unless you do a lot of printing on a regular basis. The regular cartridges are good for about 200 copies and the jumbo cartridges are good for about 650 copies. If you know you aren't going to use your printer for the next couple of weeks or longer, remove the cartridges and store them.
Follow these steps for the best results: 1. Moisten a cotton ball with a small amount of tap water and carefully clean the residual ink from the working surcface of the cartridge. 2. Use a piece of plastic wrap to cover the working surface of the cartridge. 3. Store the cartridges in a ziplock bag trying to get out as much air as possible. This will prevent the ink from drying and clogging the holes.
I know this seems like a bit of work, but with the cost of these cartridges, it is time well spent. Happy printing everyone!
This is common problem with Brother Printers. I am going to assume you are using Non-Brother branded ink cartridges. Brother cartridges have a cleanser in the ink that most generic cartridges don't have. This in turn causes the jets to clog and not allow ink to pass through them. The fix is to go buy a couple of Brother cartridges and do a cleaning with those cartridges. You may spend some money doing this as a cleaning wastes a lot of ink, but it will clean the injection lines and fix the printer. You could also consider buying a new printer. I know this is not the answer you were looking for, but it is the true answer. I just bought a new printer due to this fact.
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It seems simple enough, but this is one of the most effective ways of fixing printer cartridge error. Mostly, printer cartridge error occurs when the printer head is unable to identify the cartridge properly. And the basic reason behind this is that the cartridge is improperly attached.
To reattach the cartridge check the following steps :
turn on the lid of the printer and then remove the cartridge from the printer head.
Check the cartridge to make sure that there are no scratches or other damaged parts that can contribute to a printer cartridge error report.
Take note that the cartridge should not be left open for more than 30 minutes; otherwise the ink will start to dry up and the cartridge will get clogged.
This is a possibility however I can't be positive unless I were there to check it myself... where the printer hasn't been used in years it is highly possible that the ink in the cartridges has dried up. This is not uncommon.
It's also possible that the outlet for the ink on the cartridge itself is blocked with dried ink. You could place the ink cartridge itself in a saucer of nail polish remover (covering the electronic looking portion of the ink cartridge. Leave it there for 30 minutes. Blot dry it with a cloth and replace it into your printer. Try to print once again.
If this doesn't work, you most likely need new ink cartridges. Considering the cost of the ink cartridges for your printer, you are better off buying a new printer in which new ink cartridges are included. A new printer should only cost a little more than the cost of new ink cartridges. Considering you only require am all in one home use printer. Check online sites and check stores as there are usually sales ongoing.
Please remove the cartridges from the printer. Take a dry lint free paper towel and gently wipe the contacts on the back of the cartridge (not the bottom from where ink is present). Wipe the contacts inside the printer (on cartridge carrier). Please snap the cartridges back into the cartridge carrier and please try to print a printer self test.
check the cartridge contacts in the printer \
a lot of time they geet covered in ink this will not allow the cartridge to print properly and cause headaches
clean with a baby wipe or a paper towel with soap on it
dry thuoly with hair dryer and try again
I've had it with printers!
I'm on my second one and it's costing me a fortune!
It's cheaper to go to the library and make copies or take a disk to a photo printing booth.
My first printer was a Lexmark x73 it doesn't print anymore and I'm the un-proud owner of two almost new ink cartridges but I kept it because it sill scans and quite well I might add!
My second printer is a HP and very very inexpensive! I ran out of black ink after printing about 10 pages in a lot of black and haven't even thought about trying new ink cartrides yet!
I now go to the library!
The problem with some of these printers is that if you don't use them often enough the jets will clog and it will never print again unless you rebuild it while. Others just use a lot of ink and cost a lot!
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