Solved Canon MG7150 - now prints blank pages

January 5, 2019 at 02:23:51
Specs: Macintosh
Hi, my MG7150 yesterday had printed several pages OK, and then it lost power. I couldnt restart. But I then replaced the fuse in the socket and it switched on again. But it now only prints blank pages. I have washed out the printhead. But still blank pages. Has the printhead been blown? Should I replace it? Or is there an internal fuse which also needs to be replaced? Or should I just buy a new printer!! Hope you can help. Thanks

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#1
January 5, 2019 at 05:03:44
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Things to check when it prints blank:
1- Make sure that you are not printing 'White' color text (unusual but I have seen this happen).
2- Restart the computer and the printer (never overlook the simple answers before assuming the worst).
3- Clean the electrical contacts on the print cartridges and their corresponding contacts in the printer with rubbing alcohol and Q-Tips.
4- Run the printer's print head clean cycle one or two more times to be sure.
After that it is a judgement call. Sometimes the print heads go bad but their are usually two and to go bad at the same moment is unusual and they usually show signs of poor printing for a while first unless the printer is unused for months first. If the printer us a number of years old and not an expensive one then it may be more cost effective to replace it entirely (depending on the cost of the parts, age of the machine, etc.). Finally, the fuse blowing is not common and may actually be a sign of something else wrong or a power surge.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
January 5, 2019 at 05:18:54
Thanks Fingers, your final comment is what I feared, and yes a new printer is ridiculously cheap in contrast to buying a replacement printhead, when I don't know actually happened to the printer. I have run the cleaning mode a couple of times, and still blank pages. ON your "white text" comment, I don't know where to check if I am - any clues?
But I think I will just buy a new printer. I have used Canon printers for many years and this one is about 5 years old anyway I think. Can I ask what printer you might advise might be best at the moment? Canon, or Epson?

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#3
January 5, 2019 at 10:08:19
The Pixma series from Canon seem to have more issues than other models.

Have you tried printing a test page from the control pad on the printer. That would eliminate any settings that are in the installed software. Also, look at the list of installed printers. If there are more than one instance for that model try removing all and rebooting the computer. The computer should find the printer and re-install it.


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#4
January 5, 2019 at 10:08:47
Does it also fail to print a (self generated) test page?

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#5
January 5, 2019 at 13:07:40
Hi - yes I have tried printing a test page - and it remains blank. I don't feel that I can sort this and having looked at the cost of a replacement printhead - approx £35 - I am going to explore buying a new printer. My preference now is to go for an Epson with an EcoTank. Any thoughts guys/gals?

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#6
January 5, 2019 at 13:38:26
The only issue with Epson is that, in my experience you need to use Epson ink. I have an Epson all in one, wide carriage printer. I love it but I am cheap so I use Generic ink. The ink works good for a while but eventually I have to run excessive cleaning cycles and head alignments to bring things back to new.

I am considering going beck to Genuine Epson ink.

I will say this. My very first inkjet printer was an Epson, and it wasn't all that good. This WF-7620 was by far the easiest installation from at least a dozen printers I have owned. Fast, quiet, flexible. I can print, scan, copy, fax up to 13" x 19" paper. My unit has two paper trays too.

If you get a printer with large tanks the cost per page should be reasonable, even when using Epson ink.

If you don't need to print photos, you might consider a color laser printer. The main advantage, other than lower cost per page, is that unlike inkjet printers, laser printers can sit idle for extended periods of time without the fear of nozzle plugging.


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#7
January 5, 2019 at 13:48:54
I prefer Canon, with multiple tanks; 3 colour and 1 black same size etc. for colour , and a larger separate tank for black only. Avoid like the plague all in one colour packs, which means if one tank is empty you have to replace whole set... HP, and I think Epson, use all in one tank systems on many, but not all, of their current printers.

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#8
January 5, 2019 at 20:22:43
trvlr

The Epson I described above has 4 tanks. Fairly large capacity.


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#9
January 5, 2019 at 21:22:28
My first printer was Epson and all after have been HP. I have found that buying the middle end of the business network printers with 4 large ink cartridges is much better than buying the cheap printers and paying many times the printer's price for small combo ink packages. I also find that the business printers are made for more copies cycles and have less print head problems, typically lasting longer before needing replacing.
Business monochrome laser printers are workhorses and last many years but you cannot print our your photos and color projects. Color laser printers have come down in price but toner will cost you a small fortune.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#10
January 8, 2019 at 04:35:13
Hi everyone, many thanks for all your help on this. I did some further research and looked at customer reviews of epson and canon printers. Double sided printing is important to me as well. Anyway after looking at all of this I decide to buy a Canon TS9155 printer. So far it does the job. Thanks again.

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#11
January 8, 2019 at 06:38:02
Thanks for getting beck to us. If you set "Best Answer", the thread will be marked as solved.

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