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Printer won't print using black

My printer won't print black. The black ink tank is held in a seperate removable printhead (a BC-30e). The red/mag/cyan have a printhead (a BC-31e) of their own that they occupy together.

I have purchased a new black printhead and put that it and put in the new ink tank, but still it won't print black. All the tabs are removed...I've had the printer for a few years now...so I know I put everything in correctly.

Do you have any ideas? Could some of the electronics have gone? Or maybe something needs a clean - but what? Would appreciate any ideas you can offer. Thanks.

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The absorber should be cleaned and sometimes you have to set the print heads in just right or get no color at all
there is also a solution called priming your print head a little rubbing alcohol on the print head with cotton swab to see if the ink runs on swab

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CLEAN PRINTHEAD:

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Are your black ink cartridges genuine Canon ones?
Are the contacts clean when you remove the cartridge?
If not blow off with compressed air and a clean brush, if necessary.

Canon.com's site covers the verification that the cartridges are installed correctly below:


Issue: Black ink does not print
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Replacing an ink tank When replacing the ink tanks, confirm that the new ink tanks are installed properly. If the ink tanks are not locked into place, paper may not be fed properly, or ink may not be supplied to the print head. Recommended Ink Tanks:
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  2. Lift the scanning unit (printer cover) completely. (The print head will move to the replacement position.)

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    Note:
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  3. Open the inner cover.

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  5. Check the ink tank. If the orange tape is as shown in Figure <1>, it is properly removed. If the tape is not removed (as in figure <2>, pleease remove the extra tape).

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  6. Insert the ink tanks into the print head.

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  7. Ensure that all the ink tanks are installed properly and the ink tank lamps light red.

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    <7> The ink tanks are installed properly.
    <8> The ink tanks are not installed properly.

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    • - Fast flashing (at about one second interval): Ink tank is empty, or the printer is not ready due to an error.
    • - Off: An error has occurred and the printer is not ready to print.

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