I had this problem and took a can of compressed air and blew it through the ink receiver (take the cartridge out) I had no yellow, 15 cleanings did nothing, tried this and it works like new. You have to use the long red tube that comes with the compressed air can, and place some pressure on the end of the ink receiver hole before you give it a blow of air.. Try that, give it a few more manual cleanings, mine worked great!
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Sounds like the cyan print head is clogged or you are out of cyan ink. You can try running cleaning cycles with your printer or you can try to clean the print head yourself. To clean it yourself you will need dry paper towels and papers towels moistened with warm water. First rub the print head with the wet paper towel, then press the cartridge into the dry paper towel to see the three color bars (a good print head will have three solid fat color bars). Then you can try resting the print head on the wet paper towel for about a minute to get the ink to flow out (do this on a surface that you don't care about, ink stains). Then rub and blot the print head on the dry paper towel. Continue until the cyan flows again (if after 2-3 tries it isn't flowing you probably won't get it flowing). If you go to a Cartridge World store they have equipment to get print heads flowing again and they should clean it for you.
The print head is clogged.Try unclogging with cleaning tests in maintenance mode.If not help you can try unclogging manually.Warning!!!This can lead to damage of print head.Try it in last case.Open the cover and first remove the ink cartridges.Then open the holder and remove the print head.Run hot tap water and put the print head with the nozzles up to stream water.Hold that 5 mins then turn the print head around with the nozzles down.Hold that for every color of 5 mins.Then put the print head in hot water with the nozzles down.Left it water about 15 mins and then you must very nice to dry.When the print head dry put it in printer and start cleaning.If this not help you need to replace the print head.Call Canon for support.
Your problem is the print head. You can buy one from Canon for about $95, or find them new from dealers on Ebay for $60 to $70. For a less expensive fix, try to remove the print head and clean it. (You don't need any tools, just remove the ink tanks and pull the print head forward and out. Over time, the receivers tend to get dry & crusted ink on them. Note that the inks used are fast drying inks to keep your pictures, etc. from smudging after you print them. Try not to use solvent. I use q-tips and hot water, then dry using another q-tip. If this does not work, there are commercial cleaning kits available for about $10. Short of that, your choice is to replace the print head or the printer itself. My i960 prints such good quality color prints and normal color printing, that I would fix it rather than replace the printer. I hope the easy cleaning does it for you!
Some of Epson's cartridges went bad that way. It may be a bad cartridge. Get a new one, pull that one out and see what happens. If it works, call Epson for a refund. They had a class action suit for that type of thing, they lost and paid off. I would think they will help you right away.
I have fixed the problem with my MP830 not printing black. It was the print head. I took the print head out and noticed that the black was clogged.
Apparently as the print head uses such fine jets to get the quality levels up, it seems to be quite common for the print head to become clogged.
There are many ways of unclogging the print head, allot of people I read about used alcohol type liquids to clean with, but I was able to get mine unclogged using warm water, a syringe and some good quality paper towel.
Its a tedious process, but you have to unclog all the dried out ink out of the print head. Some people suggested soaking the print head over-night in water or alcohol, but I was too impatient for this method.
There are two small screws which I undid, this allows the print head to come apart and give you better access to clean. using warm water in a syringe(large needle and body-the type used for re-filling cartridges) squirt water into the offending color hole. you should be able to see all the dried ink comming out.
The paper towel is used to bleed the water and ink through the printhead slots.
If anyone is interested in the method which worked for me, feel free to drop me an email and I can offer some more details, maybe would be easier with a few pics too.
I am outta time, kind of hard to explain in a few paragraphs.
My printer was 2 weeks out of warranty when I did this, there was no way I was going to pay a cent more for a new print head thats for sure.
take out the cartige and if you can take out the cartige holders ( try to reach for the place where the ink flows out) spray it with a glass cleaning solution and let it pass inside where the ink pases and believe it or not it will clean properly the ink passages. try to clean the bottom of the cartige too.
some 1 trid it infront of me and it worked.
ps: an unproper positioning of the cartige will cause the printer not to work.