I use a no. 4 pan head screw to drill a SMALL hole in the top of the ink cartridge, about 1/4" in back from the front edge, so you can reseal it with the screw when done.
Take a small syringe with a short needle and pull the plunger back.
Insert the needle into hole and hold cartridge in place, IN THE PRINT HEAD, while pushing the plunger down to "pressure feed" the ink into the print head.
Reseal the ink tank with the screw when done.
I think the problem stems from the new or refilled ink tank NOT making a good seal with the print head and then there is a vacuum leak at the joint.
I have done this many times with my various Canon printers with removable ink tanks and it almost invaribly works for me.
I also refil the ink tanks IN THE PRINTER rather than taking them out to help prevent the vacuum break between the print heand and the ink tank.
It also helps to use a photo printing program to "print" out a black, red, blue or yellow page (use whichever color you are having trouble with) to help start the ink flowing again as well.
It does not have to be a full 8 x 10 size, just something about 4 x 6 to help reestablish the ink flow.
Yep same as above. Black prints very light gray after 5 years of good printing. Tried every test, replaced black cartridges with different brands. Just wondering if somehow you can clean the heads. I'm convinced the black head is almost totally clogged. Does anyone know how to remove the printer heas to do this?
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The Grayscale print option optimizes the look of color slides for printing on a black and white printer by adding shading. The Pure Black and White option prints your slides in monochrome.
Open the presentation you want to print.
Click on the word File in the Menu Bar.
Select the option Print.
The Print dialog will appear.
5.In the Color/Grayscale section, choose the Grayscale option to print in black, white, and shades of gray.
6.Choose the Pure Black and White option to print in black and white only.
7.Click on the OK button.
Hello and WelcomeError 5200 is a service error. Follow this solution step by step
With the printer turned on,unplug it
Open the top and bring the ink cartridge holder to the middle
Raise the gray bar and remove the print head assembly with the cartridges in it
Lower the gray bar with the head missing and close the top with the head out
Restore the power,wait till the printer starts
It will tell you to put in the cartridges, Put in the cartridge
Restore the print head, close the top and the printer will resume working
Error will be removed. If you have already tried all of the above and still you have error then it is probably that your Canon printer is in need of servicing by a service professional. So go to the Canon Service Center. If you want to get support on Call then Call Canon Support by phone, at 1-800-OK-CANON (1-800-652-2666) Please rate my solution as Four Thumbs if it was helpful.Thank you for using FixYa
your printer cartridge or head unit ink channel (some of color or black ink channel) constipated, you may try:
1) if your ink cartridge is not new, take out the cartridge put the bottom surface touch cleaner liquid(special for ink printer) or water for 1 hr (you can see ink spread water), then set back and test. refill enough ink maybe necessary.
2) still trouble, you need clean print head ink channel to do same thing above, if your print head is separated from the cartridge.
Your problem is the print head. You can buy one from Canon for about $95, or find them new from dealers on Ebay for $60 to $70. For a less expensive fix, try to remove the print head and clean it. (You don't need any tools, just remove the ink tanks and pull the print head forward and out. Over time, the receivers tend to get dry & crusted ink on them. Note that the inks used are fast drying inks to keep your pictures, etc. from smudging after you print them. Try not to use solvent. I use q-tips and hot water, then dry using another q-tip. If this does not work, there are commercial cleaning kits available for about $10. Short of that, your choice is to replace the print head or the printer itself. My i960 prints such good quality color prints and normal color printing, that I would fix it rather than replace the printer. I hope the easy cleaning does it for you!
Check the capabilities of the printer in the manual.
But in general- to get black general purpose printers print all colours.
This is the normal way to get a black black in the CYMK process.
Some printers offer black only as a setting or a special black/monochrome ink.
Some specialist ink suppliers[Lycos] will offer a 'black set' that is where the colour carts are replaced with a shades of grey.
Where does your printer come in this scheme of things
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