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Canon S630 Printhead gone

By fw2004
Oct 20, 2007
  1. Hi;
    The printhead in my Canon S630 is apparently gone. I get 7 blinks of orange indicator, looked up the code and that's what it says.
    If I remove the printhead, there is no error, so I guess that is really what the problem is.

    I checked out prices for new printhead, and found it to be around $45.00.
    That's a lot to spend to repair a printer that is more than 5 years old, and I could buy a better one for about $100 today.

    Before I throw the printer out, I was wondering if this problem could have a simple remedy.
    I have already tried cleaning all of the contacts, allowing the printer to be powered down and unplugged for hours, and disconnecting it from the computer when I power it up. The result is always the same: Indicator says bad printhead.

    Thanks for any help.

    FW
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    It's time for that new printer
     
  3. Tedster

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

    before you chuck it, try this. Soak the print head in 100% rubbing alcohol (as close to 100% alcohol as your can buy). Remove it and use a q-tip and remove as much clogged ink from the micro-holes as you can get. Wash the head in HOT water. Then re-soak in an alcohol bath (fresh) again until it looks really clean. Do not use water to rinse the last time. Allow the head to dry COMPLETELY. Then reinstall with ink tanks. Run your auto-cleaner software a few times. If it works, you just saved $40+
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    That 100% alcohol is called denatured alcohol. This is approximately 90% water free. I use it to clean printheads, cpu surfaces and to get sticky stuff off things. It stinks, but it works
     
  5. fw2004

    fw2004 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 150

    I guess it's worth a try. Denatured Alcohol is cheap enough.
     
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    You can get 90% Isopropyl at Wal Mart. You can get much higher percentages from lab chemical suppliers, like 99.9% Isopropyl at $148.70 a gallon. We've got some of that stuff at work that I've used :)
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You don't really need the more pure Denatured alcohol for cleaning printheads. The cheaper 90% will do fine
     
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    It wasn't a serious suggestion to get the more pure, which is why I linked the outrageous price. But then again if you can get ahold of some for free then go ahead.
     
  9. Tedster

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

    no need for laboratory grade. The wal-mart/ drugstore stuff will work fine.
     
  10. fw2004

    fw2004 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 150

    I used to work with that laboratory variety of denatured alcohol. The company was in the business of making crystals and mirrors used in laser systems. For them, it was mandatory.

    I have yet to try the procedure on the print head.
     
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