Why is there 2 black ink cartridges in my Canon MP600 printer
I have printed about 200 pages with only text from my homebanking page and about 25 full page photo colour prints. Now the small black ink tank is already empty and the big one full. What is the purpose of two black tanks? I thought the big one was for text only and the small one was used along with the colour tanks for pictures.
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Re: Why is there 2 black ink cartridges in my Canon MP600...
On some printers, probably including yours, the black ink will be taken from the reserves in your colour cartridge unless you specifically tell it to do a black and white print on each document, regardless of whether it's printing black exclusively. I wouldn't worry, the black ink in it's own cartridge can also be used for colour photos etc with no detrimental effects.
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This printer has an ink absorber that takes in ink during the printing and print head cleaning processes. The cleaning process is necessary in order to keep the print head nozzles from becoming clogged and showing the line gap in printing. Over the life of the printer, the amount of ink that the ink absorber has absorbed is calculated by the printer. Eventually, after substantial use, the printer will enter an error condition when the ink absorber is nearly full. At this point, printing is still possible by pressing the button on the printer. To protect the printer from damage, you will not be able to print at all once the ink absorber is full. Canon recommends having the printer serviced before the absorber becomes full. We are aware that there are many "do-it-yourself" Web sites that offer instructions for making this repair. Replacing the ink absorber is a complicated and potentially messy procedure. Even if the ink absorber is successfully changed, the ink absorber counter must be reset. Be aware that if you attempt this procedure, it is at your own risk.
The printer use big PGI-5bk cartridge to print documents and text.When you print photos or some other pictures printer use small CLI-8bk cartridge because this cartridge has a photo ink.If you print text and it print blank page that mean the nozzle on PGI-5 cartridge is clogged.Try cleaning test on maintenance menu on printer.
This will be because your black pigment (the large cartridge) will have clogged in the printhead.
Cleaning it can take a while and I've already posted a solution for this, for an MP780 so I'd take a look at that and see if it helps you solve your problem. http://www.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=360551&thid=3076115
Oh and the reason your web pages print ok? It's because the printer is using a combination of the other inks to create black, not printing black directly... PDF's and document printouts are different as they DO use the pigment black...
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Simply put...you cannot. The smaller cart is the dye black, which is used for picture printing. The larger is the pigment black which is used for text printing. You could try printing text as artwork, but i'm not sure this will work, besides, dye ink will bleed on regular paper and not look so crisp.
You can't control which ink is used, the smaller one is used mostly in photos and graphics where more shading control is necessary. The large one is the only one used when you are printing plain text documents that call for black type.
The large cartridge is for text and black pictures and the small one is for toning colours so you need to replace it. I found an absolute bargain on e-bay (2 packs of complete cartridges for £12-$18) when a set of origionals are £24 each set.