08-24-2017 03:13 PM
I have a Canon MP560 that was working ok, however the print started to fade and currently isn't able to print a test page or from a PC application.
However while in Maintenance I'm able to print a nozzle check pattern and something comes out after a print head alingment.
I've tried a nomral cleaning where it prints a check pattern.
Have not tired anything elese while in maintenance.
Blank page comes out while trying to print from Windows Notepad and "Print test page"
08-25-2017 10:47 AM
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08-25-2017 12:08 PM - edited 08-29-2017 02:44 AM
After a couple of deep cleaning the test page started to print.
I found part of the problem is the large ink cart was completley empty and the colored carts are ~1/4 or less full. However the carts were changed around the first of April and the printer has been off most of the time. IIRC only printed around dozen black and white pages.
I don't know why the carts would be empty or very low. They were brand new unopened (non Canon) however I didn't inspect them prior to replacement.
Previously a check pattern printed but not a test page.
In the AM I printed a list of items that was partially faded and spotty, later in the day the printer would print completly blank pages after a regular cleaning.
After replacing the large empty black cart with a new one printer now seems to work ok, but I have no idea how the large black cart became empty and the colored 1/8 to 1/4 full?
09-09-2017 12:43 PM - edited 09-09-2017 12:44 PM
Well it started again this morning, went to print one page and the paper comes out completely blank.
Performed several deep cleanings but hasn't yet made any difference in printing a test page or black text.
Black carts are full. I've tried printing with gray scale on and off. When gray scale is off a test page prints a small logo upper left coner of sheet.
With grayscale is on the page is completely blank.
However If I choose to print Nozzle Check test pattern the printer prints a good test pattern with both black and colors.
I'm not printing images or photos just plain text from notepad where the print should be from the small ink tank?
From another forum message:
"The smaller ink tank is a dye-based ink and is used when printing photos, performing duplex (double-sided) printing, and when a paper type other than plain paper is selected (i.e., envelopes, labels, photo paper, etc.). The smaller black ink is also used when printing certain webpages and PDF files that have coding in them to use color ink, even if the grayscale or black only option is selected."
Even though it shows to be full I'll try swapping out the small ink tank to see if it makes any difference.
The color tanks replaced just over a month ago, rarely used, are now almost completely empty. Which is strange as I've printed less than a couple dozen partial pages of only black print, no pics or images have been printed since swapping out all the ink tanks a month or so ago.
09-09-2017 01:38 PM - edited 09-09-2017 03:18 PM
I have printer set to grayscale.
Tried replacing small black cart without any results printer still produces blank test pages.
Will try replacing all the carts again to see if it makes any difference.
Currently trying to determine if it's a problem with the ink carts or the printer.
The ink carts are new but not oem Perhaps I need to try OEM ink carts?
I've never had problems in the past using non-oem carts.
09-10-2017 01:29 PM
Ok, I found the problem is the large black ink cart BGBK isn't printing.
I removed and washed out the print head but the Nozzle check produces the same result. Prints test patterns for all the carts except for the large black ink cart (PGBK).
Reading through some of the forum post this is a common problem for some owners of inkjets. Ultimately the problem is with the print head that's replaceable. However some Canon inkjet owners after replacing the print head with a new one still had the same problem with the large ink cart (some have problems with other carts also) no printing.
Some people have dismantled their inkjet cleaning them up internally, which resolved their problem of the large black (and perhaps others) not printing.
I use to home repair printers many years ago. Dot matrix, daisy wheel and Laserjet, and a remember cleaning up a few inkjets.
However sometimes the only solution is to recycle and purchase another printer.
I'll perhaps attempt to partially dismantle and clean up this inkjet. Possibly a new print head will resolve the problem?