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My printer keeps telling me my print head is not working .

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Sorry but bought a new 3 in printer not kodak thank you.

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Why is my Canon PIXMA MG6220 skipping lines when it is printing?

Assuming that you aren't running out of ink, it probably needs either a good print head cleaning (beyond that the software does) or a print head replacement, if you model had replaceable print heads. My experience with Canon printers has been mixed, but some of them have replaceable print heads and some don't. Make sure you're not running out if ink before you proceed with the following.

You could try this first:

1. Get some distilled water.
2. Remove the print head and remove the ink tanks.
3. Get a shallow cup or dish and put the print head in it.
4.Add distilled water to just barely immerse the print head only.
5. Add several drops of the distilled water to the "inside" part of the print head in each color section.
6. Leave for several hours or overnight.
7. Remove the print head and discard the water, clean your cup or dish. If the print head is fixed and not removable, go to step 14.
8. CAREFULLY blot, do not rub, the bottom of the print head.
9. Run the "deep clean" print head cleaning cycle once.
10. Run the test print or nozzle check to see if it is now printing without white bars (skipping parts of the lines.
11. If this works, then do your print head alignment.
12. If this doesn't work, you might look into buying a special print head cleaning kit that has a syringe, a tube (or tubing), and an adapter or two in order to allow you to inject the special cleaning solution into and through the print head, doing whatever the directions tell you to do.
13. If that doesn't work, then see if you can buy a replacement print head.
14.If you weren't able to remove the print head for cleaning, then it may be time to consider it not worth the trouble and replacing it with another printer. I like the Brother brand of inkjet printers since they use much less ink during the cleaning cycle and some of the models have optional high-capacity ink tanks.

To avoid this happening in the future, make sure you use your printer at least every few days. Print something that has every color in it so that it keeps each part of the print head from drying out. Keep in mind that every time your printer runs a cleaning cycle, you use up quite a bit of ink for most brands of printers, so if you replace your printer, consider a Brother printer. It's not that Canon makes all bad inkjet printers. They've had some that were apparently problematic in the past (like the BJC-6000, which I went through 3 of those before the warranty expired), but they use a lot of ink when they run their print head cleaning cycle whenever the firmware determines that it needs to run the cycle.

If you are successful in getting the printer to print lines without missing bands of color, then keep the printer by all means. Consider getting some generic replacement ink tanks so that you can afford to run the printer every few days. Many printers are sold at a very low price because the company expects to make more money on replacement ink tanks. The lowest priced ones seem to use more ink, too.

Also, if you don't need color printing, consider a black and white laser printer. Before buying, check the price of the consumables -- toner at the very least, and if there are any replaceable parts other than the toner cartridge, find out how long those are supposed to last before replacement and how much they cost. Your first toner cartridge might be a "starter cartridge" which may not even be half full of toner, so buy a spare toner cartridge when you buy the laser printer. Some brands have a rather high cost per page because the replacement toner cartridges cost a lot.


Jan 14, 2015 | Canon PIXMA Office Equipment & Supplies

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I have a canon mx310 it paper keep getting stuck have way, it might take the first paper then havlf way through the second papar it stops

  • With the printer turned on,unplug it
  • Open the top and bring the ink cartridge holder to the middle
  • Raise the gray bar and remove the print head assembly with the cartridges in it
  • Lower the gray bar with the head missing and close the top with the head out
  • Restore the power,wait till the printer starts
  • It will tell you to put in the cartridges
  • Restore the print head, close the top and the printer should resume working

Mar 05, 2011 | Canon MX310 Office All-In-One Printer

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Cannot print..error 5200

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Error 5200 is a service error

Follow this solution step by step
  • With the printer turned on,unplug it
  • Open the top and bring the ink cartridge holder to the middle
  • Raise the gray bar and remove the print head assembly with the cartridges in it
  • Lower the gray bar with the head missing and close the top with the head out
  • Restore the power,wait till the printer starts
  • It will tell you to put in the cartridges
  • Restore the print head, close the top and the printer should resume working

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Jan 23, 2011 | Canon PIXMA MP130 All-In-One InkJet...

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Printer keeps telling me I have a paper jam but theres nothing inside

Hello there No harm in tring this could do the trick.

You may not see a paper jam.

This may work for you, it has worked for many here I given this advice so gave it a try it could work for you. Generally when this happens, something has fallen into the printer, or a piece of paper has been jammed in there.

First step, remove the ink cartridge, and turn the printer upside down and gently shake it, see if anything comes out.

If nothing goes, or you can't hear anything rattling around, get a piece of cardstock paper (60lb or heavier) and gently push this through the printer, to see if it will help push out what might be stuck in there.

And gave the rode that the ink slides on a good clean and maybe a bit oil on cloth and wipe the rod with it.

Also clean The purge unit, called a spittoon assembly in an HP, Lexmark, Caonon and other inkjet printers, is where the print head assembly parks when not in use, also its other job is to clean and make sure the print head is clean and open for printing.

That is where you'll find the print head assembly parked on top of it.
It also has an electrical pump to milk the print heads and test for ink flow.

So clean all under where the heads are parked and on IP6600D models you can take out the heads just by clipping them out, and then clean well.

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May 10, 2010 | Canon PIXMA iP3500 Printer

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Do I really need a new print head - or should I buy a new printer?

i believe the printer u are using is a bit old,,the head is worn out and its natural..every hardware equipment has a eol{end of life},,u can print but the quality of the print will deteriorate with time..

i dnt know the model no,, but i think it wont be wise to buy a print head than buy a new printer,,reasons printers are really chaper than old ones and the price ratio of buying a new printer wud b better than changing the head

2.if even u buy the printer head it is complicated to install it and if correct allignment is not achieved on the plane head then the whole printer is useless

my advice:use the old printer till u get a satisfactory printout,,then buy a new printer

best of luck,,keep me posted,,giva good rating

May 19, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Keeps printing on 1 spot

I am a bit unlear of the QUestion Here.

But let me say it sounds as if it it tring to print in color.
The back and forth motion is what tells me that.

Feb 14, 2009 | Zebra Eltron P310 Thermal Printer

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Print Head install

Hello Dear,
The Print Head in your printer is physically damaged and so even though it is present and installed it will not be detected by the Printer, you need to purchase and install a new print head for your printer.
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Jun 17, 2008 | Canon PIXMA MP470 All-in-One Printer

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Canon pixma ip4500 print head problem 5 lights flashing. Reinstalling print head does not solve problem.

Printhead can be washed under running hot tap to flush all the old ink away. I did mine and it didn't affect performance after drying it overnight in a warm area. Re-fitted it and away it went. Don't worry about getting connector board wet at the back.

Apr 17, 2008 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Epson Stylus CX6400 not printing

The head assembly is attached to a photo sensor that tells the printer when it is at the ends of its travel.

Sounds like this mechanism is not working properly.
Check to make sure thare is no obstructions or dirt in the paths at the ends of the print head travel.

You can use an air gun to clean the printer (JUST KEEP IT AWAY FROM THE PRINTER CARTRIDGES) as the ink will FLY EVERYWHERE.....

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