My Canon i860 has been suddenly and more aggressively printing purple and black rather than the proper colors. Naturally I've tried all of the maintenance procedures built into the software but the problem doesn't go away. For almost as long as I've owned the printer (4 years?) I've used the Staples ink cartridges instead of the Canon cartridges (too expensive), but have not had a problem before with them.
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When you are printing a photograph, the back is resultant of combination of RGB but when you print a latter of document it usages only the black ink. So since the black is properly printed when it's combining RGB that means any of the color is low on ink. Replacing the color cartridge will solve the problem for you.
To solve the problem follow the mentioned stages bellow:
1.Click start, then printer and fax icon
2.click maintenance tab, then clic ink cartridge setting
3. Select auto dedection or Black and colour cartridge.
Then cloge all.
I had similar problem: everything muted and with brownish tint. Tried everything, finally discovered that I installed wrong cartridge: 6PC instead of 6C. The "photo" cartridges are pretty much the same, make sure you have the right ones: 6C, 6M, and 6Y.
I was having a similar problem-- what was happening was the print cartridge head seemed to be letting the colors leak into each other. (the science behind this is beyond me!)-- I noticed that instead of being cyan/magenta/yellow, my yellow cartridge had actually turned green, magenta was picking up blue and was turning purple, etc etc. I ended up replacing the printer's printhead and all the color cartridges and then it worked. You can order printheads online. Not sure if this fixes the original reason why they got all mixed up in the first place-- if the printer will continue to allow the print head to leak the colors into each other-- but hopefully that's a fixit!
When you do nozzle cleaning there is a print test that canon performs. I think it prints out each color. Did the Colors come out correctly? Cuz from there I think you can determine which color is really clogged. I have the solution somewhere but I need to know if the test print comes out correctly or not.
yep, print head needs proper clean, here it is. OK, Canon will hate me for posting this. 1. Remove ink cartridges 2. Remove print head 3. go to sink or tub (stainless steel, not plastic type), pick up a roll of paper towel on the way. 4. Fold several layers of paper towel and place on flat surface. 5. Run hot water until HOT! 6. Turn hot water back to a dribble. 7. Run the dribbling hot water through print head, be careful not to wet the gold contacts. 8.When water running through print head is clear, place print head on paper towel. 9. Repeat number 7 and 8 until no colour shows on paper towel. 10. Gently DAB print head (DO NOT WIPE) inside and out with dry paper towel until dry. 11. I normally replace print head after drying, but you may wish to let it air dry overnight. 12. Replace print head in printer and install cartridges 13. Start printing. I do this to all 4 of my Canon printers every 6 months or so. If any colour fails to print after this process it means your print head probably needs replacing.
Try selecting an option in the printing properties to print in grayscale or black and white (you usually only have either one or the other).
This will utilise ONLY the black cartridge, the color will remain dormant which should make your prints come out in black and white - if not, your black cartridge, or the space between the bottom of the black cartridge and the paper is contaminated with color ink.