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Printer startups After I turn on my printer it starts its inital cleaning of the cartridge heads. As it goes through this process there is a louder than normal clicking sound. When it is finished the printer won't print and the paper jam and on LED flash. I checked for a paper jam and there wasn't one. I took off the top cover and ran it again and noticed the cartridges are not moving across the print bar. I check for obstruction but found none. I did notice that what appears to be the head cleaning mechanism on the printer every time it goes through start up is jamming but I can't figure out how. Should I just get a new printer?

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If you fault is according to user manual, a defective Print Head/Cartridge... The Print Head/Cartridge., maybe so clogged, and clogged up so deep that can not be cleaned in the normal way. Then, the printer can not communicate with the computer at this point. So you can't send the cleaning command to printer.
Here's what to do:
1. remove all the Print Head(s)/Cartridge(s).
2. Take out the Print Head/Cartridge. by releasing the lock lever. Look in the "Easy Setup Instruction" Step to find the location. Obtain a manual. (You can download it from manufacturers web site)
3. Put the Print Head/Cartridge. in a plastic zip lock bag. (Test the bag is air tight.)
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5. Immediately install thePrint Head/Cartridge. (Must be be dry) in the printer, and install all the ink cartridges.
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on Aug 25, 2010 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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My printer goes through the motion of printing but the paper comes out blank. I've an hp deskjet d2360 and there is ink in it

Possibility cartridge print head dry.

Solution 1:
Do a clean process
cartridge automatically. Press START - Control Panel - Printers and Faxes - HP Deskjet d2360 right click and select Printing Preferences - Select the Color tab - select Printer Services - select Clean cartridge, wait for the cleaning process is completed - Perform Test print. If the print test results, has good graphics, press Finish. If the graph is not clear or drop out, repeat the cleaning process once again.

Solution 2:
1. Open the cover printer, cartridges will move to the middle position.
2. Remove the cartridge (be careful, do not touch the element cartridges or print head by hand), then stick the tip cartridge (print head) to clean water
3. Then, attach the print head to a tissue paper. If there is a tissue paper used in ink (black cartridges, black block lines, and color cartridges, three color red yellow blue lines), means the flow of ink to the print head is normal. If the
tissue paper no trace of ink, attach back into the water, repeat the above process.
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Hi pse help. My Canon MP600 printer does not print the magenta colour. I have changed cartdirges and tried evrything I could think of.

If you have already tried inserting a new Magenta cartridge & have checked to make sure that the piece of tape that covers the bottom of the ink cartridge has already been removed - then trying cleaning your print heads & aligning the printer.

You can access the cleaning features on your printer by pressing the menu key and using the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll the options until you see the maintenance catagory - then click on it. Continue scrolling the options with the arrow keys until you see the clean the print heads or print nozzles choice, then click on or accept to start the process. follow the prompts on the printer and try cleaning at least twice, then try a test page. If this does not solve the issue, then go back to the menu key and return to the maintenance area and choose align print heads instead. Press ok or accept to start the alignment process and follow the prompts on the printer until its completed. Check the print out to see if the color has printed. If it has not printed then you might want to try cleaning the print head area in the printer yourself.

To clean the print head area yourself, open the printer to bring the ink cartridges front and center to make sure they are accessible to you. Then turn the printer off and unplug it from the wall. Press and hold the power button for 45 to 60 seconds. Then open the printer so you can see the ink cartridges and remove them all. The print heads are located right below the area where the ink cartridges are installed. There should be a plastic tab to press or pull right under the ink cartridge carrier to access the print heads. Print heads look like plastic square containers with sponge heads on top. Remove each print head one by one and use a dry lint free cloth to clean up and ink spill you see there. Use warm water to clean the brass connections on the print head and in the machine to remove any dried ink. You can also use Qtips and alcohol mixed with water to remove any stubborn or stuck ink. When finished press the sponge to make sure its wet and not hard and dried out. Then reinsert them, plug the machine back in and turn it on. Try a test page or the alignment process one more time to see if you issue is solved.

If all of the above does not solve your issue, I suggest contacting Canon for assistance.

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I did the maintanence cleaning and print test and it still prints out lines in the pictures

It might be running out of ink.

If cartridges are new then inkjet's heads are clogged. You can do the following to unclogged the heads, which might be located where the cartridges are plug into or on the cartridges itself.

Run 5-8 times the cleaning process from software. If doesn't solve.

Locate the heads an apply 5-7 drops of alcohol into heads and start cleaning process with installed cartridges again.

If the printhead is in the cartridge you can soak with hot water and also used alcohol drops.

Always run the self cleaning software utility.

Then try with new cartridge.

God Bless You!

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Brother DPC-165C has 'Init Unable AF' error

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If still nothing, post a new comment detailing what you have done and the results.

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The print Head has gone bad. Not using a printer that often will dry out the print head. The print head is where the ink goes. Try to get a cue tip and put some Alcohol in the place where the ink goes through. These should be small sponge like things underneath the ink cartridges.

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