My Canon IP3300 suddenly won't print in black. It is a reasonably new cartridge (3 weeks old) and all other colours work. Have tried doing a deep clean, alingment etc but still no luck. I have removed the ink tank, replaced it to ensure it is in correctly but no luck.
Just as a quick temporary solution if you need something printed; If it's a word or another type of text document you want to print, change the font color from black to a very dark blue. It should then give you something visible. If you are printing a photo or any form of bitmap, open the file in Photoshop or an equivalent piece of software, and tint the all the pure black areas to a dark blue.
Its a cheap and quick solution if you don't feel like waiting for/investing in a new printer head and if you are just using the prints for your own work etc.
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Re: Canon IP3300 won't print in black
I'm not sure but we have been having similar problems w/ both new and refilled cartridges. We notice that prior to putting the new cartridge, if it was placed upside down meaning on the flat side where it can stand up, we usually have problems w/ printing. Either no ink or streaks. I haven't tried this cuz I just finished tearing one cartridge apart. There is a small vent hold on the top near the middle. I was planning to get something that could plug the whole tight enough for a syringe neede to be able to pump air into the cartridge to force the ink out on the other side. It could be that the cartridge may have gotten some air. Though I'm not sure. I was going to do this but I have to leave in 10 min. If you pump air in do it gently and maybe 0.5-1ml. Make sure you have tissue or newspapers under the cartridge to absorb what gets pushed out. I would assume that the cartridge would not leak after I take the syringe out, I'd then try printing w/ it. No need to take the hole. It is canon's original vent hole anyway designed to stay have air passing through anyway. Let me know if you succeed. I will do the same thing tomorrow to see if it works. My email is email@example.com Miles
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For the Canon Pixma MP220, I kept getting a message saying "Col Ink Vol Unknown" after refilling and replacing a cartridge. After reading some of the other responses it appears as though Canon cartridges contain internal chips that prevent you from using them after they have been refilled. However, I tried a few things and this is what worked for me.
1. Insert your refilled Canon cartridge like normal, close the lid.
2. The Error message "Col Ink Vol Unknown" should still appear.
3. Use the "Menu" button to scroll to "Maintenance" (press "Menu" 8 times to find it), then press "OK" to conduct a "Nozzle Check" and a coloured test will print out.
4. The Error message will still appear but you will be able to print using colour AND with black and white. For some silly reason the Canon Pixma MP220 won't print using black and white if there is no coloured ink...
I've had the Canon i9100 since 2003 and have excellent photo printing results. In 2009 it started playing up and I'd gt some banding. More recently, black didn't want to print. It was as though the black ink in the print head got dry some days.
April 2010 - The colours started printing strange and I bought a brand new print head and installed it. Only takes a minute. Still had an issue with photo printing. Black and white was excellent but colours weren't true.
Found advice online to try cleaning the print head to print head carrier electrical contacts by rubbing them with a rubber eraser.
I did that and now I'm getting perfect colour photo prints again.
I had been thinking about buying a new A3+ printer but this is old printer is now working as good as new.
The other week I had the black print head clog up, requiring daily nozzle deep cleaning [a normal 'ocassional' maintenance function]. Thought I needed a new Print head, so anything worth a try.
I loaded up an old black cartridge [I load all my own......always have] with Isopropyl Alcohol and ran deep clean on that cartridge a couple of times, then repeat printed [6 times] a page full of the number 8 in about half inch character size, to get the alcohol through the nozzles. then Deep cleaned again 3 times, to wash it through the print head.
I reloaded the normal ink filled cartridge and ran the '8' page again till I got good black output. It has now been working without problem, daily, for over a week. Clearly if it's a Magenta only problem, the cleaning as described above would be a bit different, as the magenta is one of 4 colour cartridges.
My printer does quite a lot of work, and was bought at least a couple of years ago, being used daily for alpha numeric and photo printing work. This was the first difficulty I experienced with it.
Hope the above might help.Ken