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IP4200 Printing wrong color

Hi, My Ip4200 has always worked fantastically but just recently it has started printing blue as pink. I have changed all the cartridges in case that would help - but it hasnt. I have clean the nozzles and that didnt help either. Pleeeze does anyone know what I can do to fix the problem - I love this printer and dont want to give up on it yet. Thanks.

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  • Julztoo Jun 10, 2008

    Wow, thanks so much for all the advice. I didnt realise that it was because of a blocked print head. I had replaced the cartidges and tried the deep cleaning function a few times already but now I gave the print heads a good clean (soaked them and put them under a running tap etc - I got great instructions from www.pcug.org.au/boesen/print_head/cleaning.htm). The blue is now working again and my printer is as good as new. Thanks sooo much to you all. xxx

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All the solutions above are good, but the best would be to replace the printer head on the printer. It could be just wore out. One thing you could try ( at your own risk ) ( But it worked for me ) get a pot of water boiling, and barely place the cartridge into it without getting the electronics wet ( Just the sprayers where the ink comes out, You should see ink coming out ) this will remove any clogging in the printer head(do not leave in water for a long period of time, just a sec or two ). Let me know if I was some help. Thanks Jimmyriggs

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This typically happens when you get a clog in a cartridge or a leak in a cartridge. Not necessarily the heads.....
The cartridge cloggs/leaks and the printer tries to **** ink from the clogged/leaking cartridge. As the cartridges are located right beside each other the ink is sucked from the adjacent cartridge where it mixes with its own ink...

Heres what to do......
Runs a test to determine where the problem lies.

http://www.metawatch.ca/c200448.2.html

For the ink that is printing in the incorrect color (Change that cartridge) and for the color it is printing in (Change that cartridge too).

Yup you'll need to change at least 2 cartridges. One has sucked up the wrong color and mixed with its own inlk, and the other is the defective cartridge...

Note: If it is caused by leaking make sure when you change the cartridge that both new cartridges are seated well. Otherwise one can leak again and contaminate your other cartridges.

Run a few cleaning cycles (To get the mixed ink out of the cartridge heads)...

All should be back to normal....

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How have you cleaned the nozzles? Have you went inside the printer and cleaned them or have you just done it through the program on the computer. If thats the case, you should clean the nozzles inside the printer with a cutip. Otherwise, if you have warranty, you could ask cannon for reccomendations. You might just have clogged heads, so the cutip should work. Hope this helps! :)

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Try
www.fixyourownprinter.com
In the field type your printer and model
Take no notice of adverts.
Also try Canon support

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