My pixmar iP7200 printer prints blank pages

June 13, 2018 at 16:21:03
Specs: iMac OS 10.13, intel Core i5 3Ghz, 8GB
I have a Canon Pixmar iP 7200 Printer which recently began missing parts of text. I cleaned the heads. Cartridges are full and now it prints blank pages. It seems to print test pages for alignment and color ok but a text test page simply shows a logo at the top of a blank page.
Any suggestions. It's several years old and prints less than 10 pages a week.
Thanx for any help

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June 13, 2018 at 23:18:48
Not printing black text?

I'd say the printhead is severely blocked where black ink normally passes through.
Try soaking the printhead in warm soapy water overnight (you'll have to remove it of course).

You said "I cleaned the heads".

Not sure what you mean by "heads" - - this printer only has one head, that's the printhead.

The bottom line is you need to use it more or buy a more suitable type of printer (laser printer) if you're only going to be printing 10 pages a week.

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June 14, 2018 at 13:59:56
Sometimes print heads get too blocked and dried out to recover. If so the only remedy is print head replacement (or replacing the printer if they are too expensive).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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June 14, 2018 at 14:11:40
Also, using generic ink can gum up the print head faster.

There should be a utility to check the nozzles.

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June 14, 2018 at 15:47:11
Thanx everyone.
I removed the head which has 4 pads on it so I guess that's why I used the plural. I'd watched a video on Utube. I flushed until I got no ink. I also used the utilities to clean/check the heads that that seems to be part of the Canon software with the printer.
Since my original post I sent from a few lines of text from a second computer (I have two connected wirelessly to the printer) and printed those few lines of text perfectly. However a more complex document from the same computer just yielded blank pages.
So I'm thinking it's a software issue. However given the hours I spend periodically futzing with this thing I'm thinking the suggestion to get a laser printer might be my best choice.
Thanks for all the suggestions. - much appreciated

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June 14, 2018 at 19:35:04
For what it is worth, I have seen many posts that address problems with that series of printers.

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June 14, 2018 at 20:39:50
Note: on rare occasions a print properties box either in the default printer settings or the program (Word) print properties the ink color is changed to white so no ink is printed. Look into this as well.

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

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June 14, 2018 at 21:39:29
For general, every dayuse, when prininfg inn colour is not a top requirement, a mono (black only) laser printer is by the cheaper to run. Also usually more reliable too.

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June 15, 2018 at 11:51:32
I sent from a few lines of text from a second computer (I have two connected wirelessly to the printer) and printed those few lines of text perfectly.

You might try updating to the latest drivers for your printer since you reported that the printer did print something from your other computer.

Could not find a Pixma IP 7200 but did find a IP 7220


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June 20, 2018 at 23:16:37
Thanks every one.
Crazy problem. Nothing seems to work but I do have generic ink from Costco and haven't changed i.t I'm thinking abut a new printer as this one has certainly done it's job over many years.


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June 21, 2018 at 12:41:27
#8 above seems to indicate your printer is capable of printing. So, the issue may be settings. Sometimes printers get installed multiple times and a print job may get sent to the wrong printer. The links below should help you to scrub your system of any vestiges of Canon drivers. Then reboot and install new.

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