Question about Canon MultiPASS MP730 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Canon MultiPASS MP700

I have tried every maintenance test in the book on my heretofore wonderful MP700. it, however, will print only cyan-heavy stripes in any graphic areas. the print seems to come out fine, regardless of color, tho it is not always accurate in match to that on screen, but this blue-stripe business is driving me crazy. i do a LOT of amateur invitation-type work and use a lot of graphics. on the Print Head Alignment test, Columns L and M choices were striped all the way from -3 to +3, black and dark red alternating. PLEASE HELP ME! DO I NEED A NEW PRINT HEAD? A NEW PRINTER??

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  • MMustain Jan 28, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. I have had this printer for four years and it's been perfect every step of the way until a week ago. I have contacted Canon directly and am awaiting a response.

  • jindi-dog Mar 02, 2008

    I also have the same problem which has just occurred after 5 years.

    Have replaced the ink cartriges with new, removed and fully claened the print head, realigned several times with no effect.

    I was next going to try a new print head (which knowing Canon probably costs more than a new printer?)

  • mqst Mar 07, 2008

    i, too, have found printheads on line. BUT how hard are they to switch out? surely not as easy as the color cartridges. is there a way i can BREAK it in trying to install it?

  • mqst Apr 07, 2008

    how hard is it to install a new printhead and, if necessary, a new inkpump?

  • Anonymous May 11, 2008

    red color not printing, I Head cleaning doesn't fix

  • Anonymous Jul 19, 2008

    Is there any instruction available for print head replacement on MP700? I'm affraid I will break something.


  • Anonymous May 09, 2009

    Same perhaps similar problem, I get a warning that says "WRONG CARTRIDGE" which Canon's website says that the Printhead may be faulty. This error message does NOT allow me to print



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I had the same problem. My 4 year old MultiPASS MP700 started banding magenta stripes across everything I printed.
I suspected the cyan printhead was clogged because the printhead tests showed two of the cyan columns as half missing.
Canon was less than helpful. I went off of my suspicion that I needed a new printhead. I found one from an online supplier for 50 bucks...better price than a new printer! I put the new print head in and it works like new.

Posted on Mar 06, 2008


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I replaced the printhead on my MP700, and then found that I needed a new 'inkpump' as well. Verdict? Don't buy Canon.

Posted on Apr 07, 2008

  • Dominic Joslin Feb 28, 2010

    Replacing the print head may help, but it may only help for a while, as you could have problems with the 'purge unit', which cleans the print heads, or possibly with the felt soaker pads deep in the chassis of the machine, which could be saturated with old, and now sticky, 'cluggy' ink.

    Once you have dismantled the machine, removal and cleaning of the felt pads is quite do-able, though very messy.Or you could buy new ones as they are only $2 or $3 each. Replacement of the purge unit is also do-able, but unless you are very handy, it might be best to get you service shop to do it. I have not removed a purge unit myself yet, but am about to try.

    Cleaning the print head is quite easy. I have found the best way is to simply pour very hot water onto the top of the ink receptor pads (where the pad on the bottom of each cartridge contacts the print head) until no more ink comes out. Naturally, this is after you take the print head out of the machine. Do not let water contact the metal contacts on the back of the print head. Gently dry the print head by blotting onto paper towel or tissue.




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I couldn't print anything black. Bought a new black cartridge, but still nothing in pure black. Removed the printerhead and cleaned off some old dried up ink. Replaced it and everything worked like a charm. Now I have an extra black cartridge that will probably dry up before I get to use it though:-)

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