Canon IP4200 printing problem : squares are smudged after printhead alignment

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#1

I have the following problem with my Canon Pixma IP4200 printer:

The printed testpaper shows squares who are smudged after aligning the printhead . (see attachment).
I have cleaned the printhead, made several alignments, cleaned the bottom plate, always with the same result.

How can I resolve this?

Thanks for your help.

Staf


#2

Okay, the main questions is are you using Genuine Canon Ink? I know this Ink is much more expensive, but it solves most of these Ink problems. I love Canon Stand Alone Printers, I’ve had several Ink Jet Printers. Now I have a Canon Laser Color Printer, and it’s the best decision I have made. It’s a Network Printer very fast with accurate colors. :cool:


#3

Have you gone through a ton of ink over the years? If so then your sponge that is inside the ink tray may be full.


#4

Remove the print head from the printer and clean it off. Do not leave it sitting out with no tanks in it for more than a few minutes. Looks like it’s just covered with gunk.


#5

[QUOTE=alchav21;2636440]Okay, the main questions is are you using Genuine Canon Ink? I know this Ink is much more expensive, but it solves most of these Ink problems. I love Canon Stand Alone Printers, I’ve had several Ink Jet Printers. Now I have a Canon Laser Color Printer, and it’s the best decision I have made. It’s a Network Printer very fast with accurate colors. :cool:[/QUOTE]

I use alternative ink since several years without any problem. I don’t think the ink is the cause of the smudged squares.


#6

Yes, I have used a lot of ink.
Where is this sponge exactly situated? Is it at the right side when you open the printer cover?


#7

I removed the printhead and cleaned it, but without success. I still have the same problem.


#8

Time for a new print head. Last time I checked pricing, it was around $75. A new Canon printer with a comparable print engine is about $100.

It’s possible there’s a feed problem causing the paper to rub the bottom plate, but either way a new printer might be the shortest path to satisfaction.


#9

[QUOTE=stafsyriacops;2636608]I use alternative ink since several years without any problem. I don’t think the ink is the cause of the smudged squares.[/QUOTE]

Yes, I also used Knock-offs on my Canon i960 and it worked good for a long time but then started to give me problems like you. I changed to genuine Canon Ink and it solved my problem. Then I started to get an Error Light about the Sponge talked about, and that the Printer had to go back to the Manufacturer. So I decided to get a new Printer, and I had been looking at Lasers. Canon had some on sale for under $300, so I bought one and it was a good decision. The Color Toners cost more, but they last a long time. If you do a fair amount of printing, you won’t be disappointed. They have Ethernet Networking too, very solid. :cool: