I just installed new ink for my canon i9900 printer, all 8 cartridges and when i went to run a test print, all i kept getting were blank pages. not only that, but when i went to check my ink supply levels, it shows that i have less than half on 3 cartridges! i just bought them last wednesday! what is going on, i didn't pay near $90 for this and i have deadlines to meet and things to print asap! please help.
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Are you looking at the blinking lights under the cartridges? I presume you have replaced them with new ones? When ink is low it lets you print with warnings, but when the cartridge is empty it will stop you printing all together to prevent you damaging the machine.
Over on the right is not waste ink pads, waste ink is under the print engine covering the whole bottom of the printer. On the right is the purge assembly and there is ink on the filters on top and on the squeegee that wipes the printhead. You may need a new purge assembly, or just re attach a hose in the purge unit that may have come off. That printer is well worth the repair...
Use denatured alcohol to soak the print head. Then use suction to draw the alcohol back thru to the foam ports where the ink cartridges rest. Continue until the alcohol runs clear. Then use water and then repeat with alcohol. Allow to dry and re-install in printer. Use new ink cartridges when re-starting printing.
I have 3 Canons i9900 and the clogging of red and photo magenta is common, mainly photomagenta. I take the print head out and place it on a paper towel. I mix a solution of 50/0 distilled water and isopropyl alcohol. I use a syringe and put enough solution around each print head to cover it and let it soak for about 1 hr. I will keep adding solution to keep the head covered. You will notice color leaking out on the paper towel. After an hour I actually push the solution through each head until no color comes out the bottom. I took a piece of tubing and heated it to shrink the end and then cut it off straight. It fits snugly on top of the print head. I then attached it to a syringe and fill the syringe with my solution. Then I push the tubing on top of the head and gently push solution through the head until it comes out clear. I do all the heads. when I am done I use canned air to gently dry everything, especially the contact plate off. when I put the new head in I usually try to put OEM cartridges in the first time, I have been told they flow better. This works for me. It is a pain but I refill my ink and I save $1000's a year in ink.
You can try this, but maybe a new print head is needed. 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.