I know how I caused the problem, now I'm hoping there's a way I can fix this...
When trying to clear a paper jam using a pair of tweezers, the print-head suddenly moved. I fumbled, dropped the tweezers, and the print-head ran over the tweezers twice.
Two things then happened: the next print was striped with white lines. I then proceeded to clean the print-head to fix the problem (via the utilities menu). But when the print-head cycled through, it suddenly made the most awful grating noise!
I switched the printer on and off twice, but both times the grating sound came at the end of the cycle, then I get a flashing E on the display.
Did I totally ruin my printer, or is there something I can do?
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It's possible that your cartridges are leaking into the printhead and cross polluting the other colours or there is a problem with the parking pad where the printhead "rests" when not in use.
I'd recommend removing your cartridges and checking for any ink leaks on these and/or puddles of ink in the printhead.
Then check the parking pad for any puddling of ink...
Given that you have a CX6600, which is now quite an old model, you may have a clogged waste ink tube and this is causing cleaning cycles to expiate ink into the parking pad but not actually draw it away, thus soiling the underside of the printhead.
Resolving this is not easy but involves a suitable inkjet cleaning solution (ammoniated windex is recommended in the USA) and leaving this in the parking pad to work at any clogging. It's likely to take a few days and repeated application of cleaning fluid but if a clogged waste pump is the issue this should eventually clear it.
One other possible cause is a dead pump.. If that's the case, it's time for a new printer as it's just not worth fixing.
I suggest you get a sheet of Card Stock (Heavy
paper) and place it in the feed way. Then press the print
button applying a slight amount of pressure on the Card Stock so it
will feed through the printer. The reason for this is in some cases I
have been able to clear the paper track of debris that was deposited there
Worth a try, as I have fixed a number of printers this
way, saving costly repairs.
Hope this helps.Bud
This problem is caused by an imitated toner............ All you need to do is change it to the old cartridge and see if the light will not be stable. Well the solution i guess is simple............. just go to get a new original toner and it should work well. Hope this helps.
You basically got scammed on that purchase. The important detail they didn't tell you was that the chips need to be reset on these cartridges. By resetting the chip you are telling the printer it has a full cartridge. Once the chip thinks the cartridge is empty it will cease to print. That's why you got the cartridge to print some and then it quit. You don't necessarily have to buy original Canon cartridges, but you do need to make sure you are buying refills with reset chips. I recommend Cartridge World for refills. I would stay away from internet sellers because they pull stuff like this on you and give you terrible ink.