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After printing about 40 pages my canon i850 gave me an overheated print head message. I cleaned EVERYTHING! because I was also getting a code which indicated the tank was getting full. I eventually replaced the print head. Now it goes though it's printing process but, the pages are blank. Asking it to clean heads or print a test pattern are also blank. Has new ink cartridges. I've done everything I can find suggested. It seems in working order just won't spit out any ink. Any suggestions before I pitch it? Thanks pga

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  • pamaral Nov 09, 2010

    Well this makes sense but, when I installed the new print head I also put in new ink cartridges and followed the initial set-up procedures which pump a bunch of ink through the new print head so I don't see why there should be air trapped in the micro screen. I would buy this as an explanation when I tried to clean the previous screen. I had seen comments about this as a problem and followed the recommendations of flushing the screens and making sure the ink was reaching the heads. I don't understand why I keep getting the overheating code, perhaps because ink isn't flowing through the heads as you mentioned. The only tubes I saw when I took the printer apart to clean the filters were the ones which sucked the excess ink into the waste Tank which really is just a big filter. Are those the tubes you were talking about irrigating? Can't imagine that would be it since that's well after the ink should have hit the paper. Just pissed that I spent so much time cleaning it. Also that the recommendations said to replace the print head. That was about half the price of a new printer. Plus I upset that the Epson printed I bought prints much darker and duller. If you have any other idea I like to hear them. I'm going to accept your answer because you might be correct even though I haven't been able to resolve the problem. Nothing in the service manual was helpful. Thanks for listening to me complain. Thanks pga

  • pamaral Nov 09, 2010

    I believe the solution could be correct even though I couldn't solve my problem. Thanks



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OK what can happen is the Overheating of the print head assembly, can evaporate the ink inside the tubes going back to the ink tank, and then an air lock stops the new ink from getting from the tank through the tubes and out the nozzle... You must force the new ink to push it's way through to the nozzles, after that capillary action takes over.. Sometimes a syringe can be used to flush the pipes as it were. Unfortunately sometimes it's just not possible to make it flow again without considerable expense and mucking around.
Above is your service and repair guide for your printer.

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