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HI, I have a cannon pixima IP4200, and when i'm printing i get a wide line of black ink down the center of the page.

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Hi! One good reason why this happens. The printer head may need replacement for it cant regulate the ink output anymore specially on the black thats why the print output has a black line. Hope this helps and have a good one!

Posted on May 14, 2010

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Installed new ink on ip4200. Black will not print on test page "horizontal box", other colors print. Any suggestion on why the black won't print? Thanks.


The ink tank requires air to flow through it so ink can move from the reservoir to the print heads.
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I have a ip4200 and when printing in black it is faded and stripe


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IP4200 leaks line of black ink on back of pages


There is a fix, design flaw as you say. You need a new ink absorber kit which includes a mylar strip so it won't happen again. What's happening is the waste ink from the purge assembly is pumped over to the center of the absorber pads and when it dries it stops the flow and it backs up thru the exit rollers.

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Black ink line on back of paper


Hi , look some used injection cyrene to suck up the used ink , take cover suck up all ink by reversing injection put in clean jar .after all ink finished cover it try to print from first time some print some black mark after tthree or four times maybe no more.

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Black line down the page


Is the line on the front of the page or on the back? If on the back, you need to clean the platten which is the piece of plastic under the paper.

If its on the front, and you say "It lools like a rubber cover may be missing off of one of the rollers", could you upload a picture of this roller? I don't recall any covers on rollers in Canon printers.

Try this, print out a blank page. If line is still there, print out 10 blank pages. If line is still there and has not faded, this is unusual and may need servicing. There may be a problem with the encoder strip (it's a clear plastic strip with black lines running the length of the printer slightly behind the head), Try cleaning it on both sides with a little windex on a q-tip. It's delicate so be careful.

If the line looks faded after printing 10 blank pages, some ink has dripped onto something that is contacting the paper. This could be a roller, the bottom of the head carriage or even a hair or piece if dust that is stuck in the machine or on the bottom of the head. In this case, I would recommend cleaning everything. Revove the head (tell the machine you're going to replace ink, and when it moves the head into the centre position unplug the power cord.

Remove the head and clean off any dust or hairs on the bottom. Run a Q-Tip along the bottom of the carriage assembly wherever you can. Clean any accessable rollers. If you can get at it, clean the wiper on the purge unit (the unit the head sits over when it is parked), as well as the seals.

Reinstall the head and ink, close the lid, power up and retry printing.

I hope this helps. If not, there could actually be a fault with the printhead or one of the circuit boards

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Same problem. Definitely NOT a leaking cartridge or head. (Replaced both with known good set)

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