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Printer print blue instead of black

My pixma ip5200 print on plain paper normal colors but when I print a CD it prints blue instead of black. Any idea?

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  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    I have same problem, Pixma iP4200 print normal on paper but on CD printing blue instead of black.


  • bogdangospei Dec 13, 2008

    Grayscale may work but what about colored pictures? I did not find a solution for this problem. I have bought others cartidges and the problem is now gone.

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    my IP5200 prints some purple under the black and at the end of the page it gets an ugly error

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    printing blue instead of black

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I have the same problem with my ip 5200, when printing a document in plain black.. I spoke to canon support and they suggested to save the .doc document as a txt file before printing. It works. Not too sure if this uses any colour ink to produce the black.

You can also set the printer on grayscale. However, the printer uses the colour ink to produce black.... hence printing in black & white becomes rather expensive.

If anyone has drivers to fix this problem please let me know...

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