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Black won't print

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?

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Try Magic Inkjet Flush on Ebay = comes with a clever Mini unclogger for Canon Black print head
http://www.youtube.com/v/zQHRJNPAqSg

Posted on Apr 27, 2008

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Hi,
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.

Martin

Posted on Apr 24, 2008

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Hello
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