Banding on Canon S9000 Printer (Part 2)

11 October 06

I wrote earlier about banding on my Canon S9000 Printer. Here is an update, 2 years later.

I forgot to note earlier, that I use refillable ink cartridges. I bought them about 2 months after purchasing the printer, and going through about 4 or 5 sets of ink cartridges. So this update mainly concerns people that refill their cartridges.

About 5 months after I wrote that ‘article’, the problem started to happen again. I hadn’t used the printer in about a month and a half and two or three of the ink cartridges were totally empty. Cleaning the head didn’t help. So I tried using new empty refillable cartridges, and that worked great. The output was just like when I had bought the printer new.

The refillable cartridges have a limited lifetime. The cartridges I had problems with, I had refilled them about 15 or 20 times, and lasted over a year. If the ink runs out totally, there is probably a good chance that ink would dry up in the ‘foam’ part of the cartridge, and restrict the flow rate.

So if you’ve tried cleaning the print head, and that doesn’t completely fix it, then its probably that your refillable cartridges are toast. If both don’t work, then you will probably need to buy a new print head.

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