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Canon Printer Set-up utility keeps quitting. How can I get direct to maintenance to check ink level and clean nozzles?

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I had same problem today. Removed print head and bathed it in alcohol for half an hour. Then I removed the two screws underneath and used a syringe to squirt alcohol into the ports and clean. I noticed clumps of ink coming out (i guess some ports were blocked). I then dried the head and reinserted and reinstalled ink tanks. All looks good so far- black printing again and printed test patterns all look correct. Good luck.

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Under Printing Preferences: Set your Media Type to Photo Paper Pro.
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I replaced the Office Max ink substitute with an original Canon ink. This did not help. I decided this problem most probably had to be a printer head issue, so I gave up and bought a new printer instead.

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I had this problem: I took out a cartridg to physically clean it, and when I replaced it it said "the ink level cannot be determined, etc, press OK to continue without this function. Use only genuine Canon cartridges, etc"
I kept clicking OK to the dialogue box, and it just reappeared. Then I pressed the OK button ON THE PRINTER which allowed me to continue using the cartridge but without an ink level indication which is fine by me: at least you can drain the cartridge unlike the latest Epsons.

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My Canon Primax ip4000 has stopped printing blue. I've tried deep cleaning and when I print a test page the blue 6c does not appear. Any ideas what the problem could be?

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Tried to print something today after not using printer for about 3 weeks. First go all colours were present but streaky. Did the nozzle alignment but on testing found that Magenta was completely missi


Hi Mandy
1) confirm there is ink in the magenta cartridge first - by removing it from printer and looking through the ink 'window'.
If you can't see the ink level, it's either empty or very close to it. If so, replace the cartridge.
2) If ink level looks ok, install it back in printer then set out a full page of magenta (or red) background or large graphic and print few pages on high print quality setting until the magenta starts to print. This works better than printhead cleaning/deep cleaning because it wastes less ink.
3) If it still doesn't print red after 2-3 pages, the printhead is blocked. Take it out and rinse under hot water tap. Keep washing it until only clean water is coming out. Shake any water off then DRY the electrical contacts really well. Don't install a wet printhead back in printer - or you may damage it. Run one or two deep cleans and print a nozzle check. With bit of luck all colours will work now...

good luck!

Jan 13, 2015 | Canon Pixma iP3600 InkJet Photo Printer

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How do i clean the printhead on my pixma mp750


If you open the preferences option for your printer there should be a maintenance tab with easy options for cleaning and checking the results. The alternative is to use the menu directly on the printer: 1. Press Menu twice to show "2. Maintenance" 2. The first option is NOZZLE CHECK 3. Press OK This should give you a print showing the current state of each colour. If there are any missing lines in 3eBK or lines in any colours then perform the head cleaning below. 1. Press Menu twice to show "2. Maintenance" 2. Press + to show "CLEANING" 3. Press OK Repeat the nozzle check after each clean. If not improved after three attempts try a deep clean as below (cleaning uses up ink) 1. Press Menu twice to show "2. Maintenance" 2. Press + twice to show "HEAD REFRESHING" 3. Press OK Repeat the nozzle check. If still not printing correctly there are various external solutions available to clean the print head such as http://www.printheadhospital.co.uk/canon-hp-printhead-cleaning-kit.html

Oct 17, 2012 | Canon PIXMA MP750 All-In-One InkJet...

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We have a MP830 Canon - Faxes/copies are printing with text missing; appears to be missing every three lines or so. I have cleaned the printer head; auto aligned it but still printing with missing text. ...


I service this unit a lot for print quality issues, and most of them come from using non-Canon brand ink. There is a solvent quality to the Canon ink that helps keep the printhead from clogging.
If you are not using it, I recommend it, especially for the big #5 ink tank.
Alignment has nothing to do with the missing print.
Use the cleaning utility in the maintenance area of the printer driver utilities to clean the printhead.
Run the nozzle check, and you should see improvement with each cleaning. Do not run the cleaning more than maybe 5 times, and never use the deep cleaning, you are just wasting a lot of ink.
If you don't see any improvement, stop cleaning and take the unit in for service - we have sonic washers and other effective methods for cleaning and flushing the printheads without damage.
You can replace the printhead yourself, but it will cost less to have it cleaned.

May 02, 2011 | Canon PIXMA MP830 All-In-One InkJet...

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My cyan cartridge isn't delivering ink.


there is a cleaning utility in the printer properties / maintenance area of your printer driver folder. Try a cleaning first, then a `nozzle check'. If you do not get improvement on each cleaning, Try a new cartridge. If that does not work, you will likely need a new printhead.

Oct 07, 2010 | Canon MP640 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Not printing correct colours from pc document, and also missing parragraphs of words, all systems have been checked and new ink , please help


It sounds like some of the nozzles on your printhead are not printing.
You can check this by going to the maintenance tab in the printer driver folder for your printer.
The `nozzle check' shows you a grid pattern, and you can tell which colors are not printing correctly. There is a cleaning utility in the maintenance area as well. You should see an improvement with each cleaning. If you don't, stop using the cleaning utility, it will just waste ink.
You can try changing the ink tank, but the problem is usually a clogged printhead. The printhead is available as a user replaceable item, but can be a costly gamble. It is best looked at by a trained tech.
I service these machines, and can tell you, the number one issue with print problems is refilled ink.

Sep 20, 2010 | Canon MP560 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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I just bought ink cartiages and im trying to print, but the color ink is printing in dashes, I dont know why, its a new cartriage and the black ink prints fine.


It sounds like some of the nozzles on your printhead are not printing.
You can check this by going to the maintenance tab in the printer driver folder for your printer.
The `nozzle check' shows you a grid pattern, and you can tell which colors are not printing correctly. There is a cleaning utility in the maintenance area as well. You should see an improvement with each cleaning. If you don't, stop using the cleaning utility, it will just waste ink.
You can try changing the ink tank, but the problem is usually a clogged printhead. The printhead is available as a user replaceable item, but can be a costly gamble. It is best looked at by a trained tech.
I service these machines, and can tell you, the number one issue with print problems is refilled ink.

Sep 20, 2010 | Canon Pixma MP450 All-In-One InkJet...

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Misssing lines and no color


check your ink level, maybe it runs out of ink. try also cleaning the heads with the utility found on its maintenance tab
START>PRINTER AND FAXES right click on canon i850>printing preferences>maintenance

Jun 02, 2010 | Canon i850 InkJet Photo Printer

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Can you help? After changing the cartridges, I keep getting a message about the ink head being incorrect...I am directed to press 'OK' which does not help; then to turn printer off and on again, which...


Cleaning your head might resolve your problem. Perform the below steps to clean the head:

Print Head Cleaning / Head Refreshing If the printed nozzle check pattern is broken, missing, or a specific color is not printed, clean the print head (Cleaning) or print head deep cleaning (Deep Cleaning). Note:
  1. Cleaning the print head consumes a small amount of ink. Cleaning too often reduces the amount of ink in the ink tanks.

  2. Print head cleaning is performed when you connect the power cord. Your machine may perform print head cleaning periodically to avoid clogging.
Overview:
Step1:
Print the Nozzle Check Pattern.
To check whether the print head nozzles are clogged, print the Nozzle Check Pattern.
downicon.gif If the print quality is poor, perform print head cleaning.
Step 2:
Perform print head cleaning.
This unclogs the print head nozzles
Print the Nozzle Check Pattern again.
To check whether the print head nozzles are clogged, print the Nozzle Check Pattern.
If the print quality is still poor, perform two print head cleanings.
downicon.gif Print the Nozzle Check Pattern again.
Step 3:
Perform deep print head cleaning.
This is a more powerful cleaning.

Displaying the Maintenance screen
  1. Ensure that the printer is powered on.

  2. Press the <Menu> button.

  3. Press the left or right cursor to select [Maintenance/settings], then press <OK>.

  4. Press the left or right cursor to select [Maintenance], then press <OK>.

Print Nozzle Check Pattern
  1. Press the Open button to open the output tray.

    mp500_openbutton.gif

  2. Load letter-sized plain paper in the auto sheet feeder (ASF) or the cassette.

  3. Display the Maintenance screen on the printer.

  4. Press the up or down cursor to select [Nozzle check], then press the <OK>.

    mp800_nozzlecheck.gif

  5. Press the up or down cursor to select [Yes], then press <OK>. (The nozzle check pattern is printed.)

  6. Confirm the nozzle check pattern.
05sj00160_03a.gif 05sj00160_03b.gif < 1 > The normal nozzle check pattern
< 2 > The abnormal nozzle check pattern
< 3 > Some black ink lines are broken.
< 4 > White lines are present in the color ink pattern.
< 5 > Both black and color inks are not present.

Note:
  1. When all patterns are printed normally, press the up / down cursor button to select "All A" and press the OK button.

  2. When any patterns are printed abnormally, press the up / down cursor button to select "Also B" and press the OK button.
Print Head Cleaning:
  1. Display the Maintenance screen on the printer.

  2. Press the up or down cursor to select [Cleaning], then press <OK>.

    mp800_cleaning.gif

  3. Press the up or down cursor to select [Yes], then press <OK> to start print head cleaning.

    Note:
    Do not do any other operations until print head cleaning is completed.


  4. Print the nozzle check pattern and check the print head status.
Deep (Print Head) cleaning:
  1. Display the Maintenance screen.

  2. Press the up or down cursor to select [Deep cleaning], then press <OK>.

    mp800_deepcleaning.gif

  3. Press the up or down cursor to select [Yes], then press <OK> to start print head deep cleaning.

    Note:
    Do not do any other operations until print head deep cleaning is completed.


  4. Print the nozzle check pattern and check the print head status.

    Note:
    If the printed result does not improve even after doing print head deep cleaning, turn off the printer. Then, after 24 hours or later, do print head deep cleaning again. (After a given time interval, ink could dissolve itself, resulting in ink unclogging.)

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

Apr 22, 2009 | Canon Pixma MP500 All-In-One InkJet...

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My canon i350 suddenly prints mostly in pink and black.


Hi,
Go to Control Panel and double click on Printers. Place your mouse cursor over the printer icon and 'right-click' on it. When the dropdown menu shows, click on 'properties'. This will bring up the printer utility. Look for the 'maintenance' tab and follow the cleaning prompts. If you look in the printer's utility menu, you can do a Printhead Alignment, and then a Printhead Clean.

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Unclogging The Printhead - Three Methods
Canon printers have a semi-permanent printhead. It's the 'holder' that the ink cartridges (tanks) fit into. It can be removed fairly easily. Over time, it can and does become clogged, mainly from letting the printer set without use. You need to print both black and color at least once per week in order to prevent clogging and keep the ink flowing.
Normally you can clear up minor clogs and streaking by running the cleaning cycle found in your printer's software utility. For quick access to your printer's utility (drivers): In your browser's address bar type: control panel\printers and hit 'enter' on your keyboard. This will bring up a page with your installed printer's icon. Place your mouse cursor over the printer icon and 'right-click' on it. When the dropdown menu shows, click on 'properties'. This will bring up the printer utility. Look for the 'maintenance' tab and follow the cleaning prompts.
If the cleaning cycles don't do the trick in clearing up poor and incomplete output, don't give up and assume you'll need to buy a new print head (they often cost more than a new printer!). You can try the following as it will cause no harm: (we and many others have succesfully done this)
Remove the ink tanks from the printhead (tank holder) and seal them in a ziplock plactic bag. Set them aside, preferrably propped upright. Next remove the print head, it snaps out. Use the kitchen or other sink and turn the water on so that it is running slowly and that it is warm. Hold the print head, bottom facing down, and cup your hand under the running water so that the water fills it up and flows into the the print head. This will flush the ink out of the printhead. You'll need to turn the print head over, bottom side up, and flush it that way as well. You'll see when there is no more ink being flushed out.
You WILL need to do a final flush/rinse with some distilled, or purified water. This ensures that any risidual minerals or impurities of the tap water are flushed out of the print head. Set the print head on a paper towel to dry, drying time will vary. TIP: To expedite the drying process, shake the printhead vigorously as there is a fair amount of water retained after rinsing!
Place the printhead (tank holder) back in the printer and reinsert the inks tanks. The printer should automatically do a print head alignment. If it doesn't, manually perform a "Printhead Alignment" through the printer's utility. Next, run the "printhead cleaning" cycle and print a nozzle check.
Here's another, similar method:
Open the lid of the printer and when the print head moves to the left, remove the cartridges (tanks). You should then be able to easily remove the print head. It has the circuitry on it and on the bottom are the outlet nozzles.
Get a small, shallow pan and lay a couple of paper towels in the bottom. Heat up (via microwave) enough purified/bottled water to cover the paper towels. Set the print head on the towels. You should see ink 'bleeding' out. Move the print head to several different spots (about a minute each spot). This will dissolve the ink clogs. Remove the print head and gently dab it dry on fresh paper towels.
Place the print head back in the printer and insert the ink tanks.Run a print head alignment and a regular cleaning followed by nozzle check and test print(s). That should do it. If not, repeat the above procedure(s).
If the above two methods don't quite do the trick, try this:
Remove the ink tanks and printhead (cartridge holder) from the printer as instructed above. Get a small bowl, dish or pan, large enough to accommodate the printhead. Lay down a layer or two of paper towels in the bottom of the container to protect the printhead circuitry from contact damage.
Make up a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and distilled water, about a pint will do. Heat the mixture up in the microwave for about a minute or so, not boiling. Slowly pour over the paper towels so that you have approximately 1/2 inch mixture total. Set the printhead (cartridge holder) into the container and pour some of the remaining mixture over the top, just enough to wet it good. Let it soak for several hours (3-4) or overnight. You can move it slightly to a different spot every hour or so.
Remove the printhead and rinse thoroughly with distilled water. Shake it dry, set it on folded paper towels to air dry. Reinsert the printhead and ink tanks. The printer should do an automatic "Printhead Alignment", if not manually do so and run a cleaning cycle or two followed by printing a nozzle check pattern to check your progress. Repeat as necessary.

Hope this helps

Chris (ziraffa)

Jan 07, 2009 | Canon i350 InkJet Printer

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Canon iP90 Printer Ink Issue


I have had the same issue with my iP90.  I think this results from the black ink nozzle becoming clogged.  I was able to get mine to print by cleaning the nozzles.To clean the print nozzles open the Canon IJ Printer Utility, select the printer from the list of available printers and click the maintenance button.  Then, select a cleaning or deep cleaning cycle.

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