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Printer ink cartridges (or however you spell 'em)
self | October 12, 2013 | knarf

Posted on 10/12/2013 10:16:06 AM PDT by knarf

I bought new cartridges about two or three months ago .. both color and black and I printed a little back then ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: inkcartridge; printer
I just tried to print something out and no ink of any consequence was used ... both black/greyscale and color.

I don't think I used that much ink before so my question is ...

Apparently ink nozzles dry up over time .... can I use the cart, take it out and store it in a baggie for future use or something.?

It's a canon printer, cheapo 50 bucks or so, but works using B30 and B31 carts

1 posted on 10/12/2013 10:16:06 AM PDT by knarf
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To: knarf

I’ve always taken a good Q-tip and dipped it in alcohol and wiped out the jet surface.....sometimes it takes two or three swipes...


2 posted on 10/12/2013 10:19:00 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: knarf

Try running the cleaning function—I think one of the things it’s supposed to do is unclog heads. What I’d worry about with your plan is that the chip in the cartridge might tell the printer it had already been used when you tried to put it back in.


3 posted on 10/12/2013 10:19:39 AM PDT by Ha Ha Thats Very Logical
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To: knarf

I had one dry up like that, but it wasn’t the cartridges. It was the ink jets. I never could get them unplugged and had to throw out the printer. I tried alcohol on cotton swabs. In my case it dried up because it lived in the back of my car for a couple of weeks.
If your printer has a nozzle cleaning utility, then you should try that.
I don’t think that removing the cartridges makes good sense as the ink downstream from the cartridge would be exposed to air and dry out.


4 posted on 10/12/2013 10:20:29 AM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: knarf
If you don't print that much, get a monochrome Brother laser. They go on sale sometimes for $79 and regular price is $99.

When you need color, take it to Walmart, Costco, Fedex, etc.

5 posted on 10/12/2013 10:21:58 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: knarf

Take them out and shake ‘em.


6 posted on 10/12/2013 10:23:25 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: knarf

I’ve wiped mine gently over a damp paper towel. Don’t go back and forth. Just keep making swipes in the same direction until the ink starts to flow again.


7 posted on 10/12/2013 10:24:01 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Moonman62

Color lasers are fairly cheap these days too. They still rip you off on laser toner cartridges (unless you go 3rd party) but it is nothing like the ink jet scam.


8 posted on 10/12/2013 10:24:18 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: knarf

now you know why your printer only cost you $50. Ink is where the profit is. As others have stated you can try to clean with q-tips and etoh. Good luck.


9 posted on 10/12/2013 10:26:53 AM PDT by RetiredNavy ("Only accurate firearms are interesting")
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To: knarf

Some cartridges have a little time reset button to press and restart the countdown. Its real small...paperclip size.

These carts are real rip off to the public imo.


10 posted on 10/12/2013 10:28:07 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: RetiredNavy; All
Yeah ... tried the cleaner and deep cleaner functions and it appears to be out of ink ... maybe I used it more than I remember ... but I don't think so.

I'll look into a laser jet

11 posted on 10/12/2013 10:29:37 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf
Sounds like the nozzles are stuck. Get the manual and follow the cleaning directions.

Printers are a headache. It is best to get really intimate with their workings because they always seem to give you problems.

12 posted on 10/12/2013 10:29:39 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: knarf

There should be a utility that tells you your ink levels.


13 posted on 10/12/2013 10:30:15 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: riri

There is ... and it always says low ink .. even after one or two prints from a new cart ... I ignore the prompt.


14 posted on 10/12/2013 10:33:55 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

Just a thought...

Can you print out a printer cartridge on a 3D printer?

If so, you may never have to buy a new ink cartridge again!


15 posted on 10/12/2013 10:43:02 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: knarf

Stupid simple thing but have you tried rebooting everything?


16 posted on 10/12/2013 10:44:15 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: knarf
Even in my old original Deskjet the print head and cartridge was all in one unit. It would dry up during long periods without use but one touch of the clean and prime function would bring it right back to normal. And the cartridge had a ton of ink, it would last for months and sometimes years.

The worst was my wife's printer which used the Lexmark 1 cartridge. A tiny bit of expensive photo quality ink for all uses. Once you pulled off the tape it was good for about 8 pages or one week, whichever came first. Cartridges for cheap printers have become a huge ripoff.

17 posted on 10/12/2013 10:45:31 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (R.I P. my old FRiend and neighbor Blackie Owens. Be ever vigilant!)
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To: knarf

I went thru the exact same thing with a Canon printer. Loved the size of it and its performance but had nothing but hell with the carts, or at least I thought it was the carts. Even started filling my own carts with and had the computer reset thing.

As it turned out the jets in the printer head is what dries up and when that happens it is time to chunk it as the printer head is about 150 bucks. But I did have a long time Canon service hand tell me it can all be avoided by just printing something, anything once a week to keep fresh ink in the print head.

It has to do with the physical location of the power supply in relation to the print head and carts when the printer is in standby, heat form the PS.


18 posted on 10/12/2013 10:45:43 AM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: Clinging Bitterly

I think I’m in the latter category.


19 posted on 10/12/2013 10:46:19 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: RetiredNavy

Would MeOH work also?


20 posted on 10/12/2013 10:47:05 AM PDT by 1raider1
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To: knarf

http://www.castleink.com/category/82/Cleaning-Clogged-Canon-Print-Heads.html


21 posted on 10/12/2013 10:49:05 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: 1raider1

Most likely. But after cleaning, especially if it fails, the etoh can be put to other uses. ;^)


22 posted on 10/12/2013 10:54:58 AM PDT by RetiredNavy ("Only accurate firearms are interesting")
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To: knarf

I never had much luck with inkjets.

My first was a Cannon for home use. Since I didn’t print much, the nozzles dried. Even putting in new cartridges didn’t help. It became a piece of junk.

My next piece of junk inkjet was a Lexmark. I printed about 20 sheets and it jammed up, wouldn’t feed paper at all. It only had a 60 day warranty and was just passed the warranty period. It went in the trash.

Next, I found a Minolta b/w laser. Never had a problem. Any time I wanted to print, it was ready in a few seconds. Regrettably, when I went to Win 7 64-bit, no one made a driver for it.

About 6 years ago, I ran across a Xerox color laser (Cyber Monday bargain) for $150 including shipping. It still runs and has never caused a problem. I am still on the original toner cartridges, althought I did recently purchase some new ones just to have them on hand.

I would recommend spending a bit more and getting a good color laser. They are not that expensive any more. I see several brands available in the $100-$200 range around Black Friday/Cyber Monday.


23 posted on 10/12/2013 10:55:43 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: knarf

In almost all cases you can clear up dried up inkjet ink with 1/2 ammonia & 1/2 water solution.

Put the solution in a wide mouth small jelly jar, heat it in the microwave (without the lid on) for about 1 minute, immerse the inkjet head portion of the cartidge in the solution, then blot it on a paper towel.

The more sludged up it is, the longer you immerse the head. I have been doing this for many years and keep a pint of inkjet ink on hand for refilling cartridges. You can even get color ink this way. I have it for my HP color plotter too.


24 posted on 10/12/2013 11:11:36 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: knarf

I have an HP printer, one of my cartridges dried up so I used my Oster steamer put a paper towel down where you’d put food and steamed the cartridge for about 15 minutes.

The ink started flowing again then took it out wiped off all the access ink off stuck it back in printer and bingo I was back in business.


25 posted on 10/12/2013 11:16:14 AM PDT by RetSignman
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To: TomGuy

I got tired of paying a fortune in ink costs for various HP printers and picked up a Brother mfc-5895CW. This printer has the printing heads internal to the printer. Ink cartridges are super cheap on ebay and they seem to last forever. I have four kids and they print a lot of stuff, so this printer has really saved us a ton of money. The printer is a bit old, but I think Amazon still sells them.


26 posted on 10/12/2013 11:18:27 AM PDT by ThunderStruck94
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To: knarf

laser tech is better. Ink is a ripoff.


27 posted on 10/12/2013 11:18:35 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: knarf

I don’t even bother with refilling or replacing ink cartridges on my printers. When the ink runs out on my printer, I just chuck the whole printer in the trash and hook up a new printer. They are cheap enough and I can usually get about a year out of ink that comes with new printers.


28 posted on 10/12/2013 11:20:51 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
I don’t even bother with refilling or replacing ink cartridges on my printers. When the ink runs out on my printer, I just chuck the whole printer in the trash and hook up a new printer. They are cheap enough and I can usually get about a year out of ink that comes with new printers.

Kind of the same concept with razors.

29 posted on 10/12/2013 11:21:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ThunderStruck94
I did the same thing, I got a Lexmark--the kind with the really cheap black refills.

Being a graphic designer, I used to get fancy schmancy top of the line pieces of junk. Not necessary in the digital age.

30 posted on 10/12/2013 11:24:17 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: knarf; All
I ran across this same problem with my HP deskjet recently and have seriously thought about upgrading to a color laser.

Anyone have any recommendations for a good, cheap color laser that won't be used a lot or beaten to death? Thanks.

31 posted on 10/12/2013 11:29:17 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: humblegunner
Take them out and shake ‘em.

No, man. Ya gotta bang on the side of it. Any tech knows that. {:0)

32 posted on 10/12/2013 11:48:01 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: knarf

I had problems with ink drying up on a cheap printer (either Canon or Epson). According to customer service, there was a design flaw (oh they didn’t call it that...probably called it a “feature”) which meant that if I forgot to turn the printer off promptly after each use, the ink would be “uncovered” or something - and dry out. I found this to be true - the only way to keep ink flowing was to make sure never to leave the printer on overnight by mistake.


33 posted on 10/12/2013 11:48:14 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: SamAdams76
I don’t even bother with refilling or replacing ink cartridges on my printers. When the ink runs out on my printer, I just chuck the whole printer in the trash and hook up a new printer.

That visual is just hysterical !

34 posted on 10/12/2013 11:49:19 AM PDT by onona (The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe (yup, I belong))
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To: Moonman62

I have done exactly that. I do own an older Epson ink jet which I use solely to print CD.DVD labels on ink jet compatible media but that is the only thing I use the ink jet for.

I recently purchased an all-in-one ink jet Multi function machine to use for it’s automatic feed duplex scanner but I don’t expect to use it as a printer. I already own an older Epson scanner but it refuses to work correctly under win 7.

The ink cartridges are always a problem with ink jets due to drying out, clogging up, and just being too highly priced.

For all of my printing other than the CD/DVDs I use my brother 224oD duplex printer. The toner cartridges are much more affordable than ink jet cartridges even though they cost more to purchase, they last much longer and avoid the problems that the ink jets have.


35 posted on 10/12/2013 2:18:19 PM PDT by dglang
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Mine is a Xerox Phaser 6125. It is about 6 years old. There are probably later models. It is kind of bulky, but doesn’t weigh much, compared to the smaller b/w desktop lasers.

Brother has some desktop color lasers.

Dell color lasers are in the $150-200 range at Bestbuy and Staples.


36 posted on 10/12/2013 3:48:06 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: knarf

I print about 10,000 full page copies a week and I haven’t bought a new cartridge in a year. I print only black and use some very old Lexmark & Dell printers that don’t shut you down when the cartridge is empty. I have have a method of cleaning cartridges that works great. Buying ink by the gallon is much cheaper.


37 posted on 10/12/2013 3:49:06 PM PDT by Pardeeville Liberator
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To: TomGuy

Thanks for the tips ... I’ll check them out. Appreciate it! :-)


38 posted on 10/12/2013 4:12:37 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: knarf

They practically give the printers away to make money on selling you lots of cartridges in the future.

My mother’s machine won’t print unless all the colors are working, so you can’t print black if you run out of blue. Rip City. But there is an answer.

Don’t buy expensive cartridges when you run out of ink. Buy a new printer and get a new warranty.


39 posted on 10/12/2013 4:23:09 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: Ha Ha Thats Very Logical

If that happens a message will tell you to hold down the Stop button “for a while” — all kidding aside it says hold the stop button down for 5 or ? seconds, I don’t remember which exactly.


40 posted on 10/12/2013 11:25:49 PM PDT by grayeagle (We need more people challenging Political Correctness and other Liberal Nonsense. It exist because o)
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To: knarf

Decided that I didn’t need color printing (Wal-Mart makes perfectly good photos from my files) and went with a Laser. One ream of paper pretty much pays for the printer and a cartridge lasts a few thousand pages. Got speed/reliability/savings all in one. You can buy a nice laser for under a hundred bucks and it it will come ready to print 1500-2500 pages depending on model/brand.


41 posted on 10/13/2013 3:55:40 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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