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I have a Canon MP210 and need to align the print head. My manual says to hold the maintenance button down until "P" appears, but all I get is, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and F. I can not get the "P" to appear. I assume F means Failure. What should I do now?

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    I have the same problem, I lost my manual but I did hold down the maintenance button and a 'half' of an '8' appeared on the LED screen.

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I do see the P what's next?

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Reseating the print head is seldomly needed to be done.Press the Open Button (1) to open the Paper Output Tray (2) Raise the Scanning Unit until it stops. Pull and hold the Scanning Unit Lever towards you, then raise the Scanning Unit.The Print Head Holder moves to the middle Open the Inner Cover 1.Open the Inner Cover 2.CAUTION: a. Do not try to manually move or stop the Print Head Holder.b. Do not touch any metal parts.Press the ink tank's tab (1), then remove it from the slot (2) IMPORTANT:Handle ink tanks carefully to avoid staining clothing or the surrounding area. Lift up the lock lever and take out the print head.Again, place the print head back in position and press down the lock lever. Insert the ink tank into the empty slot on the print head. Press down gently on the ink tank until an audible click is heard. Make sure the ink tank is in the correct slot IMPORTANT:a. Make sure that the ink tank is inserted in the slot that corresponds to the ink tank's color.b. If the ink tank is inserted in the wrong slot, perform two head refreshings.Close the Inner Cover 2.Close the Inner Cover 1.Pull the Scanning Unit Lever towards you to close the Scanning Unit.Align the print head position after the print head is installed. You can align the print head position either automatically or manually. When automatic alignment does not work well, align the print head position manually.Automatically Aligning The Print Head Position:Load A4-or letter-size plain paper in the paper support tray. Auto alignment cannot be performed when the Feed Switch is set to [CASSETTE].Press <Menu> epeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.Press left or right arrow to select [AUTO HEAD ALIGN].Press <OK>. The print head position alignment pattern prints.Check the printed pattern. If the printed pattern matches the illustration, the print head position alignment is complete. Manually Aligning The Print Head Position:When automatic alignment does not work well, align the print head position manually.Load A4- or letter-size plain paper in the paper support or cassette.Select the paper source with <Feed Switch> button.Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.Use left or right arrow to select [ALIGN PRINT HEAD].Press <OK>. A horizontal pattern is printed.Beginning from column A on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.(1): Bad example (Least solid box) 2): Good example (Most solid box) Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column A on the printout in step 6.A): Column(0): Select pattern number with most solid image Press <OK>.Repeat steps 7 and 8 to adjust columns B to L. When all the horizontal patterns are adjusted, you will be prompted to print a vertical pattern [PRINT VERT. PATTERN].Press left arrow. A vertical pattern is printed.Beginning from column M on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.(1): Bad example (Least solid box) 2): Good example (Most solid box) Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column M on the printout in step 11.Press <OK> Repeat steps 12 and 13 to adjust column N.

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If ruled lines are misaligned or a printout is unsatisfactory,Print Head Alignment is required.

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Reseat Print Head Reseating the print head is seldomly needed to be done.
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    mp780_openbutton.gif
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      mp780_scanunit.gif
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    mp780_innercover1.gif
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    CAUTION:

    a. Do not try to manually move or stop the Print Head Holder.

    b. Do not touch any metal parts.
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    mp780_inktankremoval.gif

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    Handle ink tanks carefully to avoid staining clothing or the surrounding area.
  6. Lift up the lock lever and take out the print head.

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Try to reseat the print head:
Reseating the print head is seldomly needed to be done.
  1. Press the Open Button (1) to open the Paper Output Tray (2).

    mp780_openbutton.gif

  2. Raise the Scanning Unit until it stops.

    1. Pull and hold the Scanning Unit Lever towards you, then raise the Scanning Unit.
    2. The Print Head Holder moves to the middle.

      mp780_scanunit.gif

  3. Open the Inner Cover 1.

    mp780_innercover1.gif

  4. Open the Inner Cover 2.

    mp780_innercover2.gif

    CAUTION:

    a. Do not try to manually move or stop the Print Head Holder.

    b. Do not touch any metal parts.

  5. Press the ink tank's tab (1), then remove it from the slot (2).

    mp780_inktankremoval.gif

    IMPORTANT:
    Handle ink tanks carefully to avoid staining clothing or the surrounding area.

  6. Lift up the lock lever and take out the print head.

    mp780_ph_removed.gif

  7. Again, place the print head back in position and press down the lock lever.

    mp780_ph_inserted.gif

  8. Insert the ink tank into the empty slot on the print head. Press down gently on the ink tank until an audible click is heard. Make sure the ink tank is in the correct slot.

    mp780_inktankclicked.gif

    IMPORTANT:

    a. Make sure that the ink tank is inserted in the slot that corresponds to the ink tank's color.

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  9. Close the Inner Cover 2.

  10. Close the Inner Cover 1.

  11. Pull the Scanning Unit Lever towards you to close the Scanning Unit.

  12. Align the print head position after the print head is installed. You can align the print head position either automatically or manually. When automatic alignment does not work well, align the print head position manually.

Automatically Aligning The Print Head Position:
  1. Load A4-or letter-size plain paper in the paper support tray. Auto alignment cannot be performed when the Feed Switch is set to [CASSETTE].

  2. Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.

  3. Press left or right arrow to select [AUTO HEAD ALIGN].

  4. Press <OK>. The print head position alignment pattern prints.

  5. Check the printed pattern. If the printed pattern matches the illustration, the print head position alignment is complete.

Manually Aligning The Print Head Position:
When automatic alignment does not work well, align the print head position manually.
  1. Load A4- or letter-size plain paper in the paper support or cassette.

  2. Select the paper source with <Feed Switch> button.

  3. Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.

  4. Use left or right arrow to select [ALIGN PRINT HEAD].

  5. Press <OK>. A horizontal pattern is printed.

  6. Beginning from column A on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

    mp780_alignment1.gif

    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)

    (2): Good example (Most solid box)

  7. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column A on the printout in step 6.

    (A): Column
    (0): Select pattern number with most solid image

  8. Press <OK>.

  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to adjust columns B to L. When all the horizontal patterns are adjusted, you will be prompted to print a vertical pattern [PRINT VERT. PATTERN].

  10. Press left arrow. A vertical pattern is printed.

  11. Beginning from column M on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

    mp780_alignment2.gif

    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)

    (2): Good example (Most solid box)

  12. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column M on the printout in step 11.

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Please see the Canon link below, and as Canon links return generic pages, type in "missing black print" (without quotes) or something of that nature. The results will include Reseat/remove printhead, among others. I have reproduced that content for you below, but I would also add that a number of folks have issues with black print cartridges, and it seems this is an issue that is fairly widespread, as one of the results is that your printer may need repair. If you have tried more than one cartridge with the same result, suggest consulting support if you don't think your usage justifies a new print head - especially if you are still under warranty. Page link is:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=238&modelid=10444
---------------------From Canon-----------------------
Issue: How do I reseat / remove the print head?
Solution: Reseat MP750 / MP780 print head

Reseat Print Head Reseating the print head is seldomly needed to be done.
  1. Press the Open Button (1) to open the Paper Output Tray (2).

    mp780_openbutton.gif

  2. Raise the Scanning Unit until it stops.

    1. Pull and hold the Scanning Unit Lever towards you, then raise the Scanning Unit.
    2. The Print Head Holder moves to the middle.

      mp780_scanunit.gif

  3. Open the Inner Cover 1.

    mp780_innercover1.gif

  4. Open the Inner Cover 2.

    mp780_innercover2.gif

    CAUTION:

    a. Do not try to manually move or stop the Print Head Holder.

    b. Do not touch any metal parts.

  5. Press the ink tank's tab (1), then remove it from the slot (2).

    mp780_inktankremoval.gif

    IMPORTANT:
    Handle ink tanks carefully to avoid staining clothing or the surrounding area.

  6. Lift up the lock lever and take out the print head.

    mp780_ph_removed.gif

  7. Again, place the print head back in position and press down the lock lever.

    mp780_ph_inserted.gif

  8. Insert the ink tank into the empty slot on the print head. Press down gently on the ink tank until an audible click is heard. Make sure the ink tank is in the correct slot.

mp780_inktankclicked.gif

IMPORTANT:
a. Make sure that the ink tank is inserted in the slot that corresponds to the ink tank's color.
b. If the ink tank is inserted in the wrong slot, perform two head refreshings.
  1. Close the Inner Cover 2.
  2. Close the Inner Cover 1.
  3. Pull the Scanning Unit Lever towards you to close the Scanning Unit.
  4. Align the print head position after the print head is installed. You can align the print head position either automatically or manually. When automatic alignment does not work well, align the print head position manually.
Automatically Aligning The Print Head Position:
  1. Load A4-or letter-size plain paper in the paper support tray. Auto alignment cannot be performed when the Feed Switch is set to [CASSETTE].
  2. Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.
  3. Press left or right arrow to select [AUTO HEAD ALIGN].
  4. Press <OK>. The print head position alignment pattern prints.
  5. Check the printed pattern. If the printed pattern matches the illustration, the print head position alignment is complete.

Manually Aligning The Print Head Position:
When automatic alignment does not work well, align the print head position manually.
  1. Load A4- or letter-size plain paper in the paper support or cassette.
  2. Select the paper source with <Feed Switch> button.
  3. Press <Menu> repeatedly until [MAINTENANCE] appears.
  4. Use left or right arrow to select [ALIGN PRINT HEAD].
  5. Press <OK>. A horizontal pattern is printed.
  6. Beginning from column A on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

    mp780_alignment1.gif

    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)
    (2): Good example (Most solid box)
  7. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column A on the printout in step 6.
    (A): Column
    (0): Select pattern number with most solid image
  8. Press <OK>.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to adjust columns B to L. When all the horizontal patterns are adjusted, you will be prompted to print a vertical pattern [PRINT VERT. PATTERN].
  10. Press left arrow. A vertical pattern is printed.
  11. Beginning from column M on the printout, enter checkmarks in the patterns that have the most solid image.

    mp780_alignment2.gif

    (1): Bad example (Least solid box)
    (2): Good example (Most solid box)
  12. Press left or right arrow to select the pattern number that you checked in column M on the printout in step 11.
  13. Press <OK>.
  14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 to adjust column N.
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