UPDATE: Well, Canon said
Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding your Canon product.
From your incident description it appears there may be a problem with the print head. However, the problem could also be caused by an internal mechanical error.
First, please ensure that you are using Canon inks, as lesser quality inks can damage the print head, leading to the problem you are experiencing.
Please try to make a photocopy on the machine itself. If that will come out fine you should try uninstalling and reinstalling the driver. If the photocopy is still the same, the problem may be caused by some clogged nozzles in the printhead and you should perform 2 cleanings and 2 deep cleanings. If still no joy the printer may require service.
If the printer is under warranty, call our repair centre on 08704002080 to arrange for service. If the printer is no longer under warranty, you can purchase a new print head yourself, that may solve the problem, from one of the following 2 retailers:
ISI â€“ 0121 780 6000
CRC â€“ 01483 77 60 60
[B]If the new print head does not solve the problem, the cause is a mechanical fault. In that case you can contact our repair center on the number mentioned above.
…which will mean an engineer callout/collection and expensive fixing bills. Forget it.
To be honest, after all this I find their motto/watermark somewhat of a joke. I’ve edited it accordingly.
New printer ahoy. Help needed and appreciated here: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=199411#post1604529