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Color printing My printer will not print color after I went through "Absorber almost full" problem. I used reset instructions and it printed great several times. Now when I try a nozzle check page it page it does not print in color. I reinstalled the printer but it still won't print.

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    My printer is printing on half of the page, down the left side. It's cutting everything off on the right side. I've tried everything to get get it to print the full page. Any suggestions??

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I removed the ink tanks then I removed the print head very carefully.
I rinsed the print head with the cleaner that comes with my refill
bottles, let it dry and carefully reinserted the print head. I "cleaned"
the nozzles and ran nozzle check and it worked fine.

I no longer trust this iP5000 printer for photos so I have purchased a new
Canon iP6700D which is great. I will use both printers...only using
the new one for photos only.

The main thing I have learned from my Canon printers is not to clean
the print heads as often due to that "Absorber almost full" message!
I still like the Canon for the ink capacity and separate tanks.

Your site has been so helpful! Thank you!

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