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The 6bk ink tank does not show up that it is full even though a brand new tank has been installed. The printer is a canon pixma ip5000. Please help

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  • Anonymous Jul 10, 2008

    The 6Bk (small black cartridge) does not feed ink through despite several DEEP cleaning operations. All other tanks fine. PIXMA iP5000.

    I've taken out the cartridge and put it back! Put another one in. Turned off and on my printer and even turned off printer and PC. Started printer and then rebooted PC. Cartridge clicks in properly.

  • roger harris Jul 13, 2008

    Canon ip5000 printheads can be replaced. From the USA they are $50. From the UK they are £48. Does anyone know if they are different? It makes sense to buy one from the USA, but not if (say) the voltages or something is incompatible.



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Resetting the ink level display is carried out by switching your printer on and off .

Hope it should help.

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I can get a new canon print head (iP5000) from UK for £48 or from the USA for $47. Are they different? (voltage etc?) Does anybody know?

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  • roger harris Apr 23, 2009

    Buying a new head worked



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I rinsed the print head with the cleaner that comes with my refill
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