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I use a Canon i865 printer, which was purchased new, over a year ago. As an O.A.P. I do not use the printer on a regular daily basis. I find that after a while the printer does not print, what is actually shown on the monitor, due to the ink cartridges not functioning 100%.
At the present time I have just printed an A4 picture, which the printer started printing brilliantly, but by halfway down the sheet of paper, the picture became very distorted. Each time I change the ink cartridges, the printing becomes excellent again, but only for a month or two before the same thing happens again. Is it possible to purchase a make of ink which would not react in this manner, or a means of rectifying this problem. Any suggestions at all would be very much appreciated, in order to rectify this problem. Thanks for any help given.
If you don't use the printer often you will have to clean the heads on a regular basis. Having never owned a Canon printer I can't help you with how to do this, but there will be an option in the printer software.
Not entirely clear by what you mean by 'distorted'
a better description would help.
However as a general guide.
The Canon, as with similar makes [HP Lexmark et al is a 'BubbleJet'that is ink in the cartrige is ejected by a tiny heater turning some ink into steam to eject a droplet.
Unused the ink will dry out and clog a jet or two.
The best way to prevent this is to print a something daily using all colours.
Or take the cartrige[s] out and put in a snap shut poly bag with a wad of damp tissue.
The head clean routine ony any printer wastes a lot of ink.
Canon printer usually have a removable head. See Fitting the Ink Head at click here
Remove the cartirdges and to the right there should be a lever. Flip this up and the cartridge cradle will be loose. You can remove this and then carefully clean the heads underneath with and cotton bud dipped in Isopropanol from a local chemist. Allow to dry and replace.
I would also recommend original artridges as i have had problems with compatibles drying in my Canon.
You need to print something on your printer about once every 2 weeks. If you do the cart heads won't dry out and you won't need to use the cleaning cycle. Try to find a small simple picture with all the colours and you won't have probs any more. I have a Canon. David
I use compatibles all the time from Tonik 4 separates Kept 1 of each colour empty cartridge and part fill with cleaning fluid ye for this job
vectorjet recovery fluid / try 7day shop on internet/ best of luck
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