printer prints pink...what do i do?

April 13, 2005 at 20:35:46
Specs: xp, .

i have a canon s820 and it keeps printing in pink when i want it colored. i changed all the cartiages but it didnt work. what do i need to do to get it back to regular colors?



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#1
April 13, 2005 at 21:01:09

My Canon has 2 ink cartridges AND a main printing cartridge that holds the ink cartridges. Just recently my printer would not print red, even with a new color cartridge. I removed the main cartridge soaked it in water and ran water through it in the sink. It was evidently clogged up with ink, because that fixed the problem.

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#2
April 13, 2005 at 21:43:52

I should have mentioned that I made darn sure the cartridge was good and dry before I tried it.

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#3
April 13, 2005 at 22:29:51

As ham30 has stated Canon, at least all the Canon printers I have, use replacable ink tanks which fit into a cartridge that has the printhead. This printhead normally will work for many tank replacements. Sometimes if the printer isn't used often enough or generic tanks of bad quality or refill kits can plug up the printhead. Evidently ham has had better luck then me. I have a number of these printheads that quit working correctly. I am going to try hams' suggestion myself. I have used rubbing alchocol and rag to clean the printhead with some success. When using refill ink you need to be careful you don't overfill the tanks as they will leak out the bottom and make a mess inside the printer. This is the voice of experience speaking. I gave up on refilling and started buying generic tanks online for cheap prices. The problem there is that I found a good source and bought like 8 black and 4 color tanks. They worked good so when I needed more I went back to the same vendor and ordered even more and they weren't the same. Finally broke down and bought a $500 color laser and haven't looked back. Still need to use one of my Canons for Taboloid paper.

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#4
April 14, 2005 at 02:32:53

"rubbing alchocol"?? not sure what that is but you should use isopropyl alchool. It's about 97-98% pure.

"Still need to use one of my Canons for Taboloid paper."

Dunno if you know but Cannon printer have a slight "problem". After some numbers of printed pages your printer will block itslef saying something like "waste ink cartidje full". It's not a big think, all you have to do is clean the waste ink try and reset the printer's eeprom. BUT be carefully when you do this, do not leave your cartridge inside the printer, i did and i ended up with a burn cartridge :((

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#5
April 14, 2005 at 07:39:33

My Canon BJC4550 inkjet wide carraige doesn't have any kind of counter on it. There are no restrictions of any kind. I can use generic ink tanks, etc. I print house plans on 11 x 17 paper with this printer. I was just pointing out that I have moved away from inkjet technology for the most part.
Ghimpe, you must have a newer printer if there is a counter. Rubbing and Isopropyl alcohol are the same thing.

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#6
April 14, 2005 at 13:16:39

"Rubbing and Isopropyl alcohol are the same thing." oh, ok :blush:

"Ghimpe, you must have a newer printer if there is a counter."

It's actualy an '99 model, Canon BJC2000. Great printer, except now i have to pay big buck for a new ink cartridge.

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#7
April 14, 2005 at 14:11:11

Well my BJC4550 is probably 10 years old.

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#8
April 14, 2005 at 16:13:52

Kewl, and i thought my printer was old..:))

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#9
April 14, 2005 at 20:09:10

yeah ive been using cheap ink. so ham30, i need to let the ink dry first before i soak it in water? thanks for the feedbacks guys

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#10
April 15, 2005 at 03:30:52

ningy, no, don't let the ink dry up some more. Heat some water and put in a plate. Then emerse the print head in this for a few seconds and then wipe it with a tisue. Do this a few times. When you are absoluty sure there is no more water on cartridge put it in the printer and do some head cleaning operations.

GooD LucK!

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