Question about Canon PIXMA iP90 Mobile Printer
I've tried all the cleaning and alignments. I tried the hot water with the towel. I tried cleaning with alcohol.
What else can I do?
Alcohol is probably the most effective and the strongest
head cleaner I would dare to use, without dissolving the
plastic. You may even try soaking the head in alcohol
overnight or try using a bath style ultrasonic cleaner,
but ultimately, if the head is really plugged up, or if the
electronic firing mechanisms inside the head are damaged
you are probably out of luck.
Replacing the heads may be possible, but hardly cost effective.
Some heads are part of the ink cartridge, others are separate.
You may also try to wiggle the ribbon cable feeding the
moving print head to make sure it has a good connection.
Finally you may find that buying a new cheap printer for $50
is more cost effective than wasting tons of ink, trying to
clean the one you have.
I have had many printers from every brand imaginable,
ranging from $45 to $1200, and I find that the more
expensive the printer is, the more of a let down it is,
and the sooner the ink becomes obsolete.
My favorite is the last one, which came with 6 full sized
ink cartridges for $65. When the ink runs out, i will replace
it with another new printer. :)
Also if you do mostly B&W printing, an $89.00 laser printer
is a far better investment. It prints faster, with better quality
and lasts for ever. No ink covered hands, no headaches.
Posted on Apr 24, 2008
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Use the printer's utility program to self-clean the printer.
This process may need to be repeated as many as 5 to 10 times. Often this will
resolve the problem.
Turn the printer off, preferably overnight, if the self-cleaning
utility has not worked. The ink may need to soften before the self-cleaning
utility will be successful. Turn the printer on and try the self-cleaning
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from the owner's manual where the print head is located. Epson printers, for
example, are usually in the printer. Many other brands place the print head in
the cartridge. For models where the print head is in the printer, drop seven to
10 drops of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) down the ink receptacle area.
This is the hole where the ink flows into the head from the cartridge. Run a
few self-cleaning utilities. If necessary, allow to sit a few hours or
overnight and repeat the self-cleaning utility.
cartridge print head in hot water if the print head is in the cartridge. Allow
to soak overnight. Dry the print head area with a paper towel. Repeat the
cartridge print head in isopropyl alcohol if the hot water soak did not unclog
the print head. Leave the print head covered in alcohol overnight. Use a damp
paper towel to wipe off the print head area. Dry carefully. Try the
self-cleaning utility again.
a new cartridge if the alcohol soak did not unclog the print head in the
cartridge. This will provide new print heads that won't be clogged. Contact a
service technician for repair of print heads in the printer if the alcohol did
not unclog the print head.
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