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Printer will not print black. put new ink ,twice and ran the clean head function a few times ,still will not print black ,colors are fine

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Brothers and Canons can sure be cantankerous. My guess is your printer is due for a complete servicing at the nearest local center qualified and guaranteed. Please just take it there, with the caveat that it must be accompanied by a FLAT RATE quote. And get it back in order.

Otherwise, I do not recommend purchasing a Canon or Brother printer ever again. Always buy HP, and the moment you get home, buy the highest extended warranty online possible for as long as possible, or finally,

learn to be a printer technician by reading hours of blogs, threads, and all otherwise concerned only with your model of printer.

I'll let you be the judge of the cross-referencing of costs. Those may not incluse recordkeeping you're fond of.

Kind Regards,

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

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Depending on how bad it is you may find it easier or even cheaper to replace the printer.

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8. after that dry the heads and re-insert them in the printer
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I had this problem recently with my IP90. Both the black and color heads were clogged. After running the "canned" routines several times to clean the heads and deep clean the heads...still didn't help...here's what I did:

1. open the top lid to have the cartridges that are inserted in the print head to the middle of the printer.
2. remove both cartridges
3. What is left there is the print head..slightly move it to the right and gently lift the print head lock.
4. Grasp the print head and lift it out.
5. Have severasl paper towels hand and know that you will have color and bw ink on your fingers
6. Put the print head on the paper towel
7. Pour rubbing alcohol on the blk and color heads and let them sit of about 10-15 minutes.
8. after that dry the heads and re-insert them in the printer
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1. open the top lid to have the cartridges that are inserted in the print head move to the middle of the printer.
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4. Grasp the print head and lift it out of the tank.
5. Have several paper towels hand and know that you will have color and bw ink on your fingers
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7. Pour rubbing alcohol on the blk and color heads and let them sit of about 10-15 minutes.
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