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I have done the cleaning and the deep cleaning functions several times and I cannot get the thing to print. The 220 cartridge is fine, but all the colors are showing problems. I have been out of town for three weeks and the printer has not been used during that time. Does it matter?

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  • kevbevhiggin Sep 01, 2010

    I meant that I had only used the printer's program to perform a cleaning and a deep cleaning.
    Thanks for your response, but could you explain how to separate the print head? There is a medium grey bar that lifts up, but then I can't seem to lift the whole unit out of the printer.

  • kevbevhiggin Sep 01, 2010

    WOW! I actually cleaned the printer. I took the head out and ran it under warm water and dried it all out. BUT . . . now that I have it all together, the only color that is NOT working is the big black one - PGBK - and it isn't working at all. I took the cartridge out again and reinstalled it. I ran the deep cleaning program a couple of times for the PGBK only and I still have nothing coming out of it. Any thoughts?

  • kevbevhiggin Sep 05, 2010

    Sorry, But I am still having trouble with the printer. When I cleaned the print head with warm water, as you suggested, all the colours then printed fine. BUT the black (PGBK) now doesn't work. It was the only one that worked properly in the first place.

    So I cleaned the metal contact points as you suggested and now the thing is blinking at me. The error light is flashing 5 times. I have taken out the cartridges and print head several times and replaced it carefully. All the cartridges are full of ink. Now I am really starting to get upset, because I need to use the printer to be ready for classes that start on Tuesday.

    Can you help me?

  • kevbevhiggin Sep 06, 2010

    So! Here's what I did. Before giving up on this whole thing I took it all apart again, and cleaned the metal points and carefully but firmly put it all back together and now the whole thing is working fine.

    Thank you.

    Over and Out.

    Kevin Higgins

  • kevbevhiggin Sep 06, 2010

    Befor giving up on it, I took the whole thing apart again, cleaned it again, and put it all back together. Now it works fine.



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Sometimes if cartridges are not used for a long period of time, their contacts got rust and will show cartridge problem, this could even lead to permanent failure of the particular cartridge/s. I don't exactly get when you say "I have done the cleaning and deep cleaning...." Do you mean you've cleaned the cartridges physically or have only cleaned them using the printer's tools? You need to clean them properly using cleaning materials like brush/cotton dipped in alcohol or acetone. Remove all the cartridges, clean the contacts (golden dotted circuit on the cartridge) and also clean the contact on the printer. Since your printer has a separate print head, it's important to clean the print head separately. Separate the print head and clean it with warm water so that clogged/dried inks will be cleared from the print heads (don't use brush or anything to clean the print head, you may damage it.).
After everything is cleaned and dried, reinstall them while you press the cancel button the the printer.

One more thing i've skipped, unplug the power cord while you clean the cartridges so that any static power will be discharged. Before you reconnect it to install the cartridges and to power it on, press the power button several times.

If this cleaning doesn't help, you'll need to replace them, but I hope it'll work for you.

If you need further help, let me know.

Good luck.

Thanks for using FixYa.

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    Lebanon Raingam Sep 01, 2010

    Well, I hope you know how to uninstall and install the cartridges, if so, that's what I mean. Remove the cartridges and pull out the print head from the compartment, there's a lock, you have to pull it aside to remove them. Anyway, let me give you another simpler tips. Remove all the cartridges, move the carriage (print-head holder) towards the left and place a folded Tissue paper/napkin in the middle of the carriage passage, now pull the carriage with the print head towards the position where the tissue is placed so that the print head will seat over the tissue paper. Take a syringe (without needle) with some water [the best cleaning material is the cleaning solution] in it and clean the head (one compartment at a time) by spraying the water on the print head. Continue this before you are sure that it's cleaned, you may need to replace the tissue several times:

    You can refer to this video:
    Not the same model, but the cleaning procedure is similar.

    Note: it's also important to place a plastic bag below the tissue paper so that the water will not flow down inside the printer.

    If you are not sure and if you doubt you might make mistakes with this, then better refer to the Manual (Page # 5-6). There you'll find how to install the print head, and in the same reverse method, you can uninstall the print head.

    You can download the manual from here (click here), Open the link, enter your email address in the first box and enter the text shown below in the second box and click "Download Now".

    If you need further help, let me know.

    Good luck.

    Once again, thanks for using FixYa.

  • Lebanon Raingam
    Lebanon Raingam Sep 01, 2010

    Good to hear that you've already done the necessary tasks. Do you have a cartridge refill kit? and another question, Are you sure that there's ink in the black cartridge?

    If you have a refill kit, first refill some ink and **** out a small amount from the head part (the portion that fits into the print head). If you don't have a refit kit, then try this, place a folded tissue or soft cloth on the tip where the ink comes out (head part), and **** it with the tissue or the cloth, if there's ink, it'll come out and you'll be able to use it. When a cartridge is not used for sometime, the ink got clogged and it never comes out until you force it to do so. It's also important to dip the tip in warm water (partially only to dissolve the dried ink), and clean it properly, now **** it again. You can reinstall it if ink comes out. If no ink comes then I don't think it'll be re-usable, you'll need to get another. But I wish you good luck.

    If you need my further assistance, let me know.

    Once again Thanks for using FixYa.

  • Lebanon Raingam
    Lebanon Raingam Sep 01, 2010

    I am sorry, there's a little mistake. A particular word is omitted by the system (considers it as spam or adult content). Let me use another term for that "use your mouth to draw out the ink" opposite work of "blow". :-) sounds funny.. but no choice.. Thanks

  • Lebanon Raingam
    Lebanon Raingam Sep 05, 2010

    I am afraid, there must be faulty with the Black Cartridge, which means it'll not longer usable. I know that you've tried enough with whatever you can but sometimes it's not possible with cleaning and maintenance, we need to replace the particular component/s. If it's blinking, then the cartridge's contact is no longer alive, we can do nothing with it and we can't repair it. The only alternative is to get a new one.

    It's unfortunate that it can't be fixed this way, but I hope you understand, I've also tried my best to help you fix it with my possible simplest instructions and easiest method, but I am sorry. I wish I could personally inspect it, but what can i do? You better search for another alternative to print the question papers.

    I could only wish you good luck.

    Thanks for using FixYa.

  • Lebanon Raingam
    Lebanon Raingam Sep 06, 2010

    Woww... it's a great relief for me to hear that it works..

    Once again thanks for using FixYa.



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