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Canon IP3300 won't print in black

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.

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  • paulrandell Mar 29, 2009

    Brand new set of ink cartridges, colours work black will not, tried deep clean etc and another cartridge still no luck??

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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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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 renaisans@gmail.com Miles

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