Canon i560 just stopped printing black text, all in tanks are full, when i do nozzle check and test page the black works, but when i try to print out a plain black text page it wont print but coloured graphics print out ok
I had the same problem, even when I only selected grayscale printing, my printer would use all 3 colors to make black, and my black cartridge would never get used. Try this:
On printing preferences change your Media Type to Transparency.
This should solve the problem and stop robbing your color tanks when you just want black
Re again jimmyphor's suggestion that specifying Media Type as Transparency will save on colour inks when all that's wanted is black. I suspect that the "black" produced by this method is from a combination of the other colours and therefore will not save on these inks. However it does prove that the print-head is OK.
I solved my similar problem (suspect may have been caused by one refill too many), by removing the print-head and cleaning it in hot water (I'm advised cartridge fluid will also do the job), gently shaking it, dab around with cotton bud and giving it a ********. I then installed a nice new expensive official Canon cartridge. Ran the print-head alignment and nozzle checks and it's now as good as new.
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Perhaps the CMY color heads need alignment. If you have not already done so, run a head alignment from the driver maintenance section. It will print out a page containing several lines and text, and request you select the closest-aligned images. After this is done, do another image print to check for improvements. Normally, the printer uses the black cartridge for text and the CMY inks for images (even for black on photo and specialty paper). So when you are printing normal text pages on plain paper, only the black ink is used. A good check for this would be to print a normal text page, but select photo paper in the driver to trick the printer into using the CMY inks to make a substitute black text page. If this looks ok, then you are having issues other than cartridge alignment.
Hi marc, it sounds like the normal clean has not eliminated the clog you may have in back printhead. I need to know if you refil your own cartridges or not to be specific, but basically you need to remove the black ink cartridge, and clean the printers heads yourself, and right down where cartridge sits wth cotton buds and proper cleaning solution. Wipe the surface of cartridge if it has the printhead attatched (some printers have the printhead on them, some have it on the
cartridge. Replace ink, reset black ink level, cancel the alignment for now, go straight to printing. Print a test page and see how it goes.