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Canon i860 won't print black text

By Tedster
Aug 25, 2006
  1. Got a canon i860 printer. The print head stopped printing regular black. I have soaked it overnight with ammonia/water mix as well as alcohol.

    Still no text. It wil print other colors. The automatic alignment has also stopped working. Should I replace the print head?
    I think I have done all I can with this head.
     
  2. XenaWP

    XenaWP TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Doesn't the Canon printer utility have a "clean print head" option? I seem to remember seeing that for my i550.

    My nozzles tend to clog bec. I'll go a month or so between printing photos. I usually just print a full color draft on plain paper, which unclogs.

    Have you tried printing a photo, rather than a text page?

    If that doesn't work, and after all the things you've tried, it may be time to send this one on to the print cartridge graveyard.
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    This is the issue that requires solution, as if this doesn't work then you're
    DOA and need to have it serviced :(

    I have this printer and it's been very reliable. Have you tried a new ink cartridge?
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    got plenty of ink. Should I replace the print head?
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    I would uninstall the Canon Software, reboot & reinstall first.
     
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    hmmm. software appears to work ok. It seems more of a hardware issue.
     
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    already tried to autoclean option numerous times.
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    I would agree -- but there's no harm in trying and ...
    what if it was some corruption? imo, it's worth 10 minutes.
     
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    I've decided to order a new print head.... We'll see how that goes.
     
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