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Make sure that you are using the right type of ink and paper

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Want to know how to manually clean printer head


You can, but the objective is to soften the dried ink, that blocks the tiny ports.
In my estimate the alcohol will dry too fast.

Printer UNPLUGGED from power, and you may wish to don some gloves.
(Dishwashing gloves?)
The ink likes to go everywhere.

Remove the ink cartridge/s.

As you can see, the copper metal strip area, on the ink cartridge; has TINY little holes in it.
I use a clean soft static free cloth, and soak the end I'm going to use; in as hot a water as I can stand.

Then reduce the water in the cloth, (Squeeze), so the wet area, is just damp.
Wipe across the copper area, and it's tiny ports.
Wipe across once, then find a clean area on the cloth; and do so again.

Keep wiping until cloth comes away clean.
I also do the same on the metal area, of the printer; that the metal area of the ink cartridge touches.

There are matching tiny port holes there also.
Keep wiping, adjusting for a clean area after each wipe, until cloth comes away clean.

I then follow with a can of compressed air for computers, and make sure the areas are DRY.

Q-tips, and Isopropyl alcohol, (Rubbing alcohol), sounds more intelligent, to me.
However the amount used may fill up a small bag, IMHO.

I know what you're thinking. Is this guy N-uts?
Water and Electricity do not mix!

(Actually they do. Water is an excellent conductor)

I watch to make sure there are no drips from the cloth, when using it. Have a dry cloth handy for the other hand, if they do.

I also make SURE the areas are DRY, before reinstalling ink cartridges.

I find VERY warm water helps break down the dried ink.

Always willing to learn something new, however.

For additional questions please post back in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

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Not Installed my Printer


In most cases the printer driver software can have errors while being in use or is shut down. So to reset remove your printer from the PC and uninstall the printer software. Now reinstall the printer software and then connect the Printer to be detected as a new hardware as it will be installed. Now check the printer properties to see the ink levels.
Activate head cleaning before a test is taken . Sometimes it is possible that the head is not reacting to the need of the PC command or can be an issue with ink drying or
poor ink cartridge contacts.

May 02, 2011 | PC Desktops

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When i started to print it always gets errors ..always appears "cancel printing"..


Possible that there are errors in the software and so needs a reset. So remove your printer from the PC and uninstall the printer software. Now reinstall the printer software and connect the Printer to be detected and installed. Check printer properties to see the ink levels.
Use head cleaning before a test is taken . It is possible that the head is not reacting to the need of the command , can be an issue with ink drying , can
also be poor ink cartridge contacts

Apr 12, 2011 | PC Desktops

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My Printer will not work on my computer, it is installed and the printer device is in the contriol panel, but there is a yellow triangle with and exclamation mark in it??


Remove your printer from the PC and uninstall the printer software. Now reinstall the printer driver software then connect the Printer to be detected and installed. Check printer properties to see the ink levels.
The yellow markings can be poor interface of the drivers. Use head cleaning before a test is taken . It is possible that the head is not reacting to the need of the command , can be an issue with ink drying , can
also be poor ink cartridge contacts

Feb 21, 2011 | PC Desktops

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I believe my ink dried out in the holder bracket. I cleaned it with alcohol and replaced the -color and black ink cartridges with new, and can only get a littles ink smeared across the page on the first...


If ink dried out it's done. Recycle it and get new cartridge. If cartridge is more than 50 dollars don't buy it. Go to Walmart and you can by a brand new cannon printer with ink cartridge for $49.00

Jan 11, 2011 | PC Desktops

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HP Deskjet D2460 not printing can I get free immediate help?


Remove your printer from the PC and uninstall the printer software. Now reinstall the printer software and connect the Printer to be detected and installed. Check printer properties to see the ink levels.
Use head cleaning before a test is taken . It is possible that the head is not reacting to the need of the command , can be an issue with ink drying , can also be poor ink cartridge contacts

Check this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGPCjKzRtBk

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Changing ink default to BLACK


Not possible.
Epson uses the black cartridge mostly, but also adds color to the black printing in order to keep the color inks from drying in the print jets on the printhead.
They also make lots of money that way...

===sorry===


Sep 14, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Unable to put printer "on"


First pull the cartridge out and check the comm strip on the cartridge and the printer, Ink could have split on the comm ports ,, try to clean the ink off with alcohol on a cotton swab, then let dry and replace cartridge, then turn on print and try to print it out.

Apr 20, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I have a Lexmark 125. Unless I change the ink color everytime I print a word doc., I get too much ink printing can not read the doc. There are bands of ink across the paper. I have word 2007. I did not...


I love this site because it helps people and because Ya is the hebrew word for God.


but unfortuneately ( and pardon my roman terminology ) your problem does not really have a solution
other than a replacement of the ink carridge. which may cost you too much.

printers are an especialy tuff problem when they break down.

1. always print out something at least every other day so that your ink flows properly and doesn't get dried out.

2. Always remove and store your ink cartridges in a sealed plastic container if you plan to not use your printer for a while, that will help prevent things from drying up and clogging up.

3. Never use alcohol in an attempt to clean the printer head or cartridges , it will only make matters worse and will dry things up real bad.


shalom >:D<

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Black ink rubs off when using publisher 2007 on glossy photo paper with my new canon pixma IP4500


you may need to try photo ink, because normal printing ink doesnt dry quickly on glossy paper.

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