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Tried cleaning the inks and after 5 cycles it now says it cannot clean and to refer to the manual which i haven't got anymore.

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Looks like the waist ink absorber is fed up.

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Blank pages printing

Sounds like the printhead is pretty severely dried. As standard cleaning cycles haven't helped I would recommend picking up some LC900 cleaning cartridges from eBay etc. These are cartridges filled/partially filled with cartridge flush and break down ink inside the printer.

Most of them contain a mix of ink and flush and you can carry on printing as usual. Given the severity of the dried/blocked printhead you have I would recommend just running cleaning cycles, but leave 10 minutes or so between cleans to avoid overheating the printhead.

Oct 16, 2012 | Brother MFC-5440CN All-In-One InkJet...

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How to Clean Print Heads

Method 1 of 5: Self Clean Program for Windows XP/Vista Users

1 Open the control panel menu and select "printers."
2.Choose the printer to be cleaned and right click. Select "properties" in the drop-down menu.
3. Choose the tab for cleaning. Various printers might have it listed under different names such as services, cleaning or maintenance.
4. Select the nozzles that should be cleaned, if applicable to your printer, and run the printer's cleaning program.
5. Print a test page and check results. Repeat cleaning 2 to 3 times if needed.

Method 2 of 5: Self Clean Program for MAC Users

Click on "system preferences" and select "open print and fax."
2. Choose the printer that needs to be cleaned and open "Open Print Queue" or "Print Queue."
3. Click the utility icon for the applicable printer and select "maintenance." Select "cleaning" from the pop-up menu and click "OK." You might have to choose the tank you want to have cleaned.
4. Run the head cleaning program and print out a test page. Repeat cleaning 2 to 3 times if needed.

Method 3 of 5: Manual Cleaning
Check your printer's owner manual for the location of your print head. Refer to the directions below if the head is in the printer and not part of the individual ink cartridges.
2. Remove the ink cartridges and dab hot water or isopropyl alcohol onto a cotton swab.
Rub the swab against the print head to loosen dried ink. You can also use a dropper to drip 7 to 10 drops of the isopropyl alcohol into the ink receptacle if your print head is deep in the printer.
4. Run the printer's own cleaning program 2 times and then let the printer sit overnight. Repeat the self-cleaning utility the next day.

Method 4 of 5: Cartridge With Print Head
  1. 1Soak the ink cartridge in a bowl of hot water overnight if your print head is inside the cartridge.
  2. 2Remove the cartridge from the water and dry it thoroughly with a paper towel.Put it back into the printer and run the cleaning program. Repeat 1 time if it does not work.
  3. 3Place the ink cartridge into a bowl of isopropyl alcohol and let it soak overnight if the hot water soak did not work.
  4. 4Remove the cartridge and wipe it off with a damp towel before drying it.Attempt the self-cleaning program again. If it does not work this time, you probably need a new cartridge
Method 5 of 5: The Vacuum method

  1. 1I replicated the way the printers themselves try tho clean the cartridges
  2. 2Using a Vacuum cleaner hose
  3. 3attach the printer cartridge to the vacuum cleaner hose with the cartridge upright, nozzle down using plasticine or blu-tack
  4. 4for no more than a few seconds at a time turn on the suction , regulate using the suction or curtains regulator on the vacuum cleaner.
  5. 5Repeat if necessary
  6. 6if the print cartridge is cleaned , ink will be visible , if its a multicolour cartridge the resultant ink will be black if all 3 jets are clean
  7. 7wipe off the residue ink with tissue or toilet roll .
  8. 8Refit & print test page as per other comments .
  9. 9This definitely worked for me and has no know side effects apart from the odd inky finger !
  • Print a page every 2 weeks or so and turn off your printer when it's not in use to keep the print heads from clogging.

Oct 25, 2011 | Lexmark Z640 InkJet Printer

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Blocked ink on epsom px710w Cleaned head several times to no effect Changed cartridges One colour only not working Bob. Dennis

Cleaning clogs
  1. How to tell what the heck is the Nozzle test really showing you
  2. How to tell the difference between a air pocket and a true clog
You see if you get a lot of random skips when doing a nozzle test you more that likely do not have a true clog you really have a few air bubbles in the print heads. Just doing clean cycle after clean cycle is not the best way to purge out the bubbles. you are far better off just letting the printer sit overnight or printing random test and a few pages of color blocks.

2000p_nozzle.gif 2000P nozzle patternAlso if you still get random skips then it is time to reseat the cartridge all you do is lift the blue cartridge locks and push then down. This will burp out those air pockets that have been known to lock up a print head.. In the worst case you can remove the cartridge and knock it on the table top yes ink will spill out but this is what you want to spilling out of those feed holes. Now once you do this the ink counter or ink low lights will not work so you have to keep a close eye on the printer when you see the ink stop flowing stop the printer!!! These print heads do not like to be run dry!! Now if you always have the same nozzle that skips then you may have a real clog. The Windex trick really does blow out just about the worst clogs. And Windex is cheap and it will not hurt you or your printer.

The cleaning pads are those foam pads located under the print heads when they are in the parked position (power off) The pads are colored with guess what ....the ink you are using!!! The are about 1/2 x 1 inch and they are under the carriage or print heads when they are parked! But please be careful. As I have posted before, do not contact those cleaning pads; they are spring mounted and they can be knocked out of position very easy! Once you have knocked them out of position it is time to send in your printer to Epson!

After trying cleaning cycles, you can try my trick of carefully dripping only 5 or so drops of Windex (from a new bottle) on the cleaning pads. Just drop about 5 to 6 drops of Windex [A better solution is a mix of distilled water, household non-sudsy ammonia, and cheap vodka. An ounce or so of the vodka and ammonia to a liter of water (It doesn't seem too critical)] on the pads (unscrew the sprayer and drip the windex out of the feed-tube) and then make sure you turn off the printer this forces the pads up to the print heads and the Windex will do it's thing very quickly! About 1 hour works most of the time - overnight on the clogs from hell.

You can also drop windex on the ink inlets in the carriage, but try the pad trick first. After you tried the pads trick 2 times: You can drop Windex directly on the spikes in the bottom of the carriage. These will be seen when you take out the cartridge. You must remove the cartridges to see the spikes. Here is what you do:

  1. Make sure that you turn off the printer before you drip on the spikes!
  2. do not drop more than 7 drops from a clean eye dropper!
  3. Wait at least 10 minutes and drop 5 more drops on the spike, You also should put 2 drops on the other "good ink feed spikes" to prevent them from drying out (it happened to me!)
After this, install the cartridge making sure that when you install the cartridge the ink out light goes out!

You may have to run up to 2 to 4 clean cycles, this is normal in your situation Just make sure that you do not exit the clean menu and continue doing cleaning and nozzle checks

You must stay in the utility menu for the printer to use increased suction, you must also run a nozzle check between cleaning cycles, or the printer won't actually clean its self, just spin the roller. Each time you repeat a cleaning cycle without exiting the menu, the printer will use increased suction (contrary to popular belief, the print heads aren't actually spraying ink out during the cleaning cycle, rather ink is being sucked through the heads by a pump).

3000_nozzle.gif 3000 nozzle patternThis works very well and should be tried before you go trying windex! This not only will clean the heads but this will align the heads, it is a procedure I use for both cleaning & head alignment. Compare the test prints as you go to see if you are making any progress. Follow these closely:
  1. while the printer is on hold down the button with the ink drop icons on it for 5 seconds. This will do a clean cycle by the printer. Do this a couple times.
  2. Now shut off the printer and while holding down the paper advance button, turn on the printer (don't release the paper advance for at least 5 seconds) this will print a nozzle check pattern.
If you have a clog or head out of line, repeat the first procedure AT LEAST 3-4 times. Then repeat the second. If the heads are REALLY BAD you may have to keep going, as long as you can see that the heads are being moved or the test pattern changes with these cycles.

Dec 22, 2010 | Epson Office Equipment & Supplies

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Hi there,

Here is a few steps to clean the print head of your printer.

1. Make sure the CX5000 Series all-in-one is turned on but not printing, and the ink cartridges are not low or expended.

2. Right-click the printer icon on your taskbar (in the lower right corner of your screen). Select Head Cleaning.

3. Click Start or Next.
Cleaning takes several seconds. The CX5000 Series runs a head cleaning cycle and the On light flashes.
Never turn off the CX5000 Series while head cleaning is in progress. You may damage it.

4. When the On light stops flashing, make sure paper is loaded in the CX5000 Series, then do the following:
Click Print Nozzle Check Pattern. Then click Print.

5. If there are no gaps or lines, click Finish.
If there are still gaps or lines, or the test patterns are faint, click Clean to clean the print head again.
If you don’t see any improvement after cleaning three times, refer to Problems and Solutions. You can also turn the printer off and wait overnight. This lets any dried ink soften. Then try cleaning the print head again.

If you do not use your CX5000 Series often, it is a good idea to print a few pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.

Cleaning the Print Head

Hope this initial / info idea helps.

Dec 10, 2009 | Epson Stylus CX5000 InkJet Photo Printer

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Light printing..need to clean

Depening on which printer it is , but normally all vendors include a system utilty with their printers to do head alignment, calibration and cleaning, some have what is referred to as a deep cleaning cycle as well, which does consume a bit more ink but does sometimes get rid of very light printing. If nothing else has changed in preferences such as print in high speed draft mode(which will give lighter than normal printing) then do a few cleaning cycles and possibly a head re-alignment.

Apr 15, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Simply run a few cleaning cycles....

5-6...make sure you don;t run out of ink after the cleaning cycles as you heads can be damaged if you try to print without ink.

Feb 09, 2008 | Canon PIXMA iP4200 InkJet Photo Printer

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Black ink not working; but colors are

press menu then start mono (blue copy button) then fourtimes arrow up (tel index). machine will be in maintenance mode. press 7 then 6 then 4 then start mono. machine will initialize the carts and do some cleaning cycles.
If you're outside can/us: after that press zero then nine. machine prints test print. If youre inside leave maintenance mode and run a test print manually.

if you cant see any bk the ph is clogged and cant be fixed anymore (because of wrong ink: pigmented ink will clogg the filter infront of the nozzels; use ONLY dye-ink for all colors!)

leaving the maintenance mode by pressing 9 then 9.

Nov 27, 2007 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Brother mfc 210c printer

Check ink cart if it is well placed into the ink cart assy. Do the cleaning procedure by pressing INK skip the arrow-button down until CLEANING is displayed. Press start mono (blue button). After cleaning cycle you are asked by machine to print a quality test sheet. Do so and follow display instructions. Do the cleaning procedure a max of three times! When there still is no BK the printhead either is clogged or dryed out. Sorry, this cant be fixed anymore.

Oct 09, 2007 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Phaser 8500 cleaning page

You can't. Just simply stated. It is the way it's designed.
Per Xerox below

NOTE: The automatic printhead cleaning cycle cannot be disabled.
The printer performs automatic printhead cleaning cycles to remove air bubbles or foreign matter that can cause a printhead jet to malfunction. An automatic printhead cleaning cycle is performed when the printer is first powered ON, or if the ink has cooled to the point that a cleaning cycle is required.
Powering OFF the printer longer than 3 or 4 minutes will also cause the printer to perform a printhead cleaning cycle when the printer is powered back ON, which uses ink. To minimize ink consumption, keep the printer powered ON at all times.

Sep 13, 2007 | Xerox Phaser 8500N Printer

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No Magenta and No yellow

If you have really already run the cleaning cycle more than 20 times you should have get an error 46 which means that the printer cant clean anymore! So if not, use original brother inkcarts and do the the cleaning twice. If there is no block on the testsheet, the printhead is crashed. You cant fix it anymore.

Sep 03, 2007 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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