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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Canon MP800 PGBK black ink will
This should not be a problem normally. I have 6 canon printers using BCI cartridges which are almost the same as the CLI and PG5 cartridges except for the chip. The problem is only in one of 2 places. The cartridge mouth or the printhead.
1. take a look at the cartridge. Did the foam material on the opening get hit causing it to be higher than 1-2mm from the top of the opening? It could be the foam is not touching the printhead's opening. You can center and or move down the foam by using a needle or a paper clip to edge it out a little so that is comes closer to the mouth of the opening.
2. If you think the cartride is not the problem, take the printhead out. You will need a few things and some. Get some DISTILLED WATER, not mineral water but distilled. Heat it up and put in a wide shallow pan about 1-2mm of water. Warm to the touch or just before boiling point. Place a paper tower folded twice over each other so it looks like a 4 section card. Dip the print head into the towel which should be soaked in the warm to hot water. Dip for 1-2 seconds then lift it up and dig again. Each time you lift it up notice if there are 2 areas that the black ink shows up. If only 1 shows up check which position. I think you have a 5 cartridges and to one side should be the PG5's nozzles. Then next to it about 1cm or half inch away should be the CLI8Black's nozzles. Continue dipping till you about 10x if nothing comes out then change the water, make it warmer then dip the printhead for 5 seconds on the water soaked paper towel.
Let me know if this works. I have another solution get it working but it's going to take you a bit of time to find the parts to make it or find it.
Posted on Aug 04, 2008
SOURCE: Why two black ink cartridges?
The larger of the two cartridges is used for text only. The smaller is used for color printing. Its purpose is to eliminate the need for a "Processed" black (black being mader by the color inks).\
Posted on May 30, 2009
That is a common problem on all Canon printers, the purge assembly on the right where the printhead parks, has a pump inside and hoses that go to the filters and ink absorbers. When that unit goes out you need a replacement. A job best done in a shop. When the printhead is not cleaned and primed properly you get blank pages no matter how full the inks are.
Posted on Dec 24, 2009
I have the same issue. I've replaced the PGBK cartridge, but the old one is completely full so it's not printing from that cartridge at all. I also cleaned the print head and deep cleaned, etc. The big black cartridge function is to print normal text and the small black one works with photo printing and graphics. I select High-Resolution Paper and that gets the printer to print text using the small black cartridge but this is only a workaround. Yes, the auto head allign. won't work because the MP600 won't detect ink from the PGBK cartridge on the test print. Possibly I have a bad print head again (the 2nd one is in there now) or I have some electronic issues with the printer. Getting a new print head would be the simplest choice, assuming it's actually bad. I think they're about $50 retail, and may be worth the effort to replace it. If the PGBK starts working again ... hoo ray! If the PGBK is still not printing ... the MP600 would not be worth fixing, I'll bet. :c(
Posted on Feb 16, 2010
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