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cleaning the print head

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by soybean, Sep 7, 2004.

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  1. soybean

    soybean Thread Starter

    May 15, 2004
    i just got a canon bjc-4100 and the printhead seems clogged i have a new cartridge in it and have cleaned the head through software but it doesn't help how should i try to clean it manually?
  2. gotrootdude


    Feb 19, 2003
    Soak a paper towel in warm water, then set the cartridge so that the ink nozzles sit on the towel. Let it sit for a few minutes (30 or so) then replace in printer and run the software cleaner immediately. This should loosen any dried/stuck ink. You may also wish to run a pencil eraser lightly over the electrical contacts on the cartridge.

    Do not use any brushes, or attempt to wipe the bottom of the cartridge with any cloth unless the cloth is known to be lint free, as this can damage the print head.
  3. brushmaster1


    Jun 15, 2002
    If Gotrootdude's solution doesn't work, just buy a new (complete) cartridge. Canon recommends changing the BC-21 cartridge (which includes a new print head) after every five BCI-21 ink tanks.
  4. old tek

    old tek

    Sep 8, 2004
    first off DONT USE TAP WATER..HAS too much crap in it..use distilled and if possible de-oinozed water.. nuke a bit in a small bowl then dunk just a 1/16 or a couple of mm in...make sure it is steaming ..use a glove to keep from getting burn's...BLOT DONT RUB!!! with lint free cloth till dry... ..GOOD LUCK!!
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