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Hi even after repeated cleaning the PGBK ink head will not print, any suggestions?

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SOURCE: Black ink not printing...

same on a test page?

Posted on Jun 16, 2008

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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

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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

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SOURCE: Canon MX850. Print blank after ink changes.

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

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SOURCE: The PGBK black will not print on my Pixma MP600.

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(

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My PGBK ink cartridge is not printing. I just replaced it. Everything else is working fine. I have done several cleaning jobs on it and the test prints that I print don't even show PGBK or the black...

the PGBK ink cartridge might not be getting a good connection you might have to remove it and check the connections or clean the connection bars

You might have to uninstall the printer restart your computer then reinstall your printer

click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll to ports(COM&LPT) + to expand you should see a communication port and Ecp printer port you

might see a yellow? ! question exclamation mark or a red X this will mean you need to install a new driver for this device right click you will have options to update driver,disable,uninstall or select properties again you will have the similiar options also you can troubleshoot the device
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I have problem with print-head for PGBK-5. On the test-print it does not appear as the pattern suppose to be (from the top) PGBK, C, C, M, M, Y, and BK. The pattern always appear C,C,M,M,Y and BK. I used...

if the clogging is worst then the deep head cleaning wont help.the head will need to be cleaned up manually and the waste ink pad in the printer should be cleaned too. this is covered normally in printer servicing.give special instructions to clean the head properly while you hand over the printer for servicing to any local tech. head cleaning and servicing will solve the issue
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MP830 PGBK does not print, tried new cartridges and usual cleaning etc, nothing. Bought new print head but still does not print. Other colours Bk,Y,M,C all ok. Have tried 'Auto Alignment' but this fails...

the printhead probably needs to be taken out of printer and cleaned.

just pop the ink cartridges out, then remove the print-head, fill a sink full of warm water, and swirl the print head around in the warm water. Blow through the color slits on the print head into the sink full of water it will get messy. empty the sink full of colored warm water.
rinse and repeat till your are satisfied its clean. dry it off with a cloth towel you don't care for, because it will get messy and covered in ink.
put your printer back together and it should may take a few times...but i got my printer 'PGBK ink cartridge' working again doing this. or you can spend 100 bucks and buy a new printer is a mp830 it came apart easily no tools or force needed... good luck and don't break your printer...its easy.

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My PGBK cartridge stopped printing. After doing the cleaning recommended through the properties help menu nothing changed. The test pattern doesn't show anything where the PGBK pattern should be - NOTHING!

After removing all the ink cartridges, I removed the print head and soaked it in propyl alcohol overnight. Then blew it out gently with an aerosol 'air duster' and washed it again in fresh propyl alcohol followed by another blowing out. After gently blotting the print heads on a soft tissue and replacing the print head plus cartridges, it necessitated two deep cleans to get the inks through and all now works again.
Make sure that you switch off the printer at its On/Off switch and not at the supply. I think I may have done this and left the heads not parked properly - hence the drying out!

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Had this same problem with my 5 year old MP830. It was the print head. I bought a new one from Works like a charm.

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i have the same problem too. This is obviously a product defect. If Canon not fix it, i wont buy Canon printer anymore.

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