Hi Mix-it-up, thanx for the advice you passed on to me. Were the routines the printer went through some kind of deep head cleaning routines?
Would it be possible for you to explain any more useful routines accessible from the maintenance menu to me?
Finally, I know from dismantaling the printer that very soon the waste ink pads will need replacing, is it worth the expense of new ones or can I simply wash and dry them out myself?
Yours very gratefully, Chip.
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Re: Finally getting ink on paper!
Yes. the routines are maintenance routines for service purposes only.
There are no more maintenace routines for the user to know.
What you can do is mix your ink with 2ml of 85% glycerol (glycerin alc) which you can buy in a drugstore for a few cent with 10ml of dye-ink.
the original ink contains that much, too.
It prevents the ink to clog the nozzels and does some cleaning within the head.
the waist ink absorber cant be cleaned. when you use original ink or the mix explained above you do not need any maintenance nor manual cleaning procedures anymore. The absorber last at least about 2.5 years. The spare part can be bought from a service partner for some small money.
If your ph drops some ink simply use some paper towel and dry the lower side of the ph when it is in parking position.
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This sounds weird but I will post it since is solved this problem for me. Despite following all the instructions I could not get rid of the "paper jam" message on my WF3540 . In desperation I tried changing the yellow ink cartridge (which was low) and after the printer went through all its "new cartridge" routine - lo and behold the paper jam message was gone and the printer worked!
The printed colours are an "additive" mix of the "primary" colours in your printer.
So, when the colour ink-jet cartridge is "out-of-ink" on one (or more) of its colours, the "mix" will be off, and the "wrong" colour will be the result.
Change the colour cartridge.
Before changing it, run a "deep-cleaning" cycle, using the HP Support software that was installed when you installed from the CD-ROM that came with the printer, to "clean" any/all "clogged" ink-jets -- i.e., a clog could be preventing one colour of ink from being sprayed onto the paper.
<FONT COLOR="#FF0000"> RED TEXT </FONT><HR>
<FONT COLOR="#00FF00"> GREEN TEXT </FONT><HR>
<FONT COLOR="#0000FF"> BLUE TEXT </FONT><HR>
<FONT COLOR="#FFFF00"> MIX RED & GREEN INK </FONT><HR>
<FONT COLOR="#FF00FF"> MIX RED & BLUE INK </FONT><HR>
<FONT COLOR="#00FFFF"> MIX GREEN & BLUE INK </FONT><HR>
and see if the printed colors are "true" to what you see on the computer-screen.
I assume you've done the clean/deep clean routine.
First, check that dirty heads are actually the problem and not bad contacts at the back of the print head carrier. Remove the ink tanks (keep them upright on a piece of plastic or a paper towel) and then flip up the grey carrier retainer. The print head carrier will lift out easily. Take care - don't damage the print heads - they're very fragile!
At the back of the carrier you'll see a series of gold contacts. Clean them carefully with a soft cloth and isopropyl alcohol. Now look at the pint heads themselves. If there's dry, gunky ink on them they will need cleaning. The simplest way is to stand them in a saucer of Windex glass cleaner overnight, then rub them gently with a soft cloth or paper towel. I'm recommending Windex only because I know it works. Other products might be just as good but I don't know.
Now put the print head right-way-up on a clean paper towel and drip a drop or two of alcohol onto each of the four round metal contact plates that sit under the ink tanks. After a minute or two you should see a colored pattern on the paper - black, blue, red and yellow, corresponding to the shape of the print heads. This means that the print heads will pass ink through from the tanks and further cleaning shouldn't be necessary.
Now reinstall the print heads and replace the ink tanks. Do a deep clean to get the ink flowing again, and run a test print. It'll probably be okay. If not, leave the printer to sit for 12-24 hours then try again.
If you don't get a good test pattern, especially after a couple more cleanings, you probably have a damaged print head. You'll have to replace it. If you're lucky, you'll find one on the web that costs you less than you paid for the printer.
If the printer refuses to print at all, you have other problems, most likely a full waste tank or, worst case, a blown circuit board. You're facing a trip to your local repair center.
The i560 is a fabulous printer (which is probably why Canon discontinued it). It's worth spending some money to keep it going.
I had this problem recently with my IP90. Both the black and color heads were clogged. After running the "canned" routines several times to clean the heads and deep clean the heads...still didn't help...here's what I did:
1. open the top lid to have the cartridges that are inserted in the print head to the middle of the printer.
2. remove both cartridges
3. What is left there is the print head..slightly move it to the right and gently lift the print head lock.
4. Grasp the print head and lift it out.
5. Have severasl paper towels hand and know that you will have color and bw ink on your fingers
6. Put the print head on the paper towel
7. Pour rubbing alcohol on the blk and color heads and let them sit of about 10-15 minutes.
8. after that dry the heads and re-insert them in the printer
9. I put new cartridges in the printer and ran clean and deep clean a few times.
10. May color and black and white print is back!
epson uses pigmented ink and compatibles use dyes and thus if the paper is not of good quality then you can have this problem.
do the following
change the paper and try.
As there will be ink in the head and the ink feed tubes , print some 10 -15 copies of all color prints so that the original ink starts to get into the head and then the paper.
this should solve your problem
Also use your printer every 2 -3 days if you dont have any prints then give a noozle check and then switch off the printer. This will avoid the printer from doing a head clean very time you switch on the printer and also the ink will give you more output as there is less amount of head cleaning
my printer doesnt work, what do i need to do so that i can use my printer again,pls kindly give me the information, it always said that go to the maintenance and routine maintenance chapter. i have no any idea on that device, pls!!! thanks!!!
I had this problem. If I tried to print a black& white photo on to glossy paper, it would only print green. When I tried on to plain paper using the 'fast' option, it printed in black. The reason for this is, on plain paper it uses the black cartridge, but output to glossy photo paper using the 'high' option, uses the mix of colours in your colour cartridge. If one or more of your colours has run out, you will get a print with the ink left in the cartridge. Replace the cartridge or refill it & your problem is solved.