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Canon Print Head

jembo 13 136 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2011 7:40PM
Hello folks - just having a bit of a moan here and wondering if anyone else has had similar issues with a printer.
I have a Canon i560 printer that won't print. I am getting flashing lights that are telling me the print head is worn out. Only thing is, as far as I'm concerned, it's not. It has been printing fine and there is plenty of ink in all cartridges. Rather than the machine telling me I HAVE to replace the print head, I think it would be more consumer (and possibly environmentally) friendly for a pop-up warning/recommendation advising that the print head MAY need changing. As it is, I can either replace the print head (which isn't cheap), or buy a new printer.

Not happy.

Whinge over.

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rambler Plus
9 883 14 England
11 Nov 2011 8:15PM
I just Bing-ed it and found lots of stuff that should help.

I know on older Canon printers you can remove the print head and clean it under running warm water .

robthecamman 6 1.7k United Kingdom
12 Nov 2011 12:10AM
its not wireless and lost its wireless bit isit
jembo 13 136 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2011 12:37AM
@ Robthecameraman - No, as soon as I switch it on I'm getting the flashing light sequence that signifies 'printer head not installed properly or worn out'. It's installed okay, which leaves the worn out option. But just a few days ago was printing fine. So I don't understand how it can suddenly go from printing okay to worn out - surely it would be a gradual process - like brakes wearing out on a car? I've soaked it it alcohol to clear the ink out but it has made no difference.

So it's looking like a new printer may be the best option.
rogleale 14 140 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2011 8:16AM
Hi Jembo,
A good way to find out if the jets are actually blocked is to stand the print head on a paper, or cloth, pad soaked in alchohol or acetone for five or ten minutes. This should produce stains of various colours from the head if the jets are not actually blocked. I saved one old print head by doing this until no stains were made, meaning that the jets were completely clear, and it printed again.
We tend to forget that there is a complicated electronic setup in our printers and this can go wrong, it sounds to me as this has happened to you. If there is a Canon repair facility near to where you live it may be worth taking it in for a repair which could be quite cheap.


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