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MP530 Color Calibration Terrible

I have tried everything I can find, short of installing separate calibration software (because I don't know which one to use) on a PC (*groan*, I know), and with any image, the brightest red will print a strange dark oxblood color. I have used Photoshop, Quark, and just printed from a Word doc, and I get the same results. I have used brand-new cartridges, and I have refilled cartridges. Nothing seems to keep the printer from wanting to add mud to my red. I have looked at my CMYK plates, and they do not indicate any Cyan in the red, so I think it is an internal calibration in the printer. ??? Can anything be done?

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I had the same problem. It is most likely that your print head nozzles are clogged. Your choices are to attempt to manually clean them, or order a new print head from Canon.

Attempt the manual cleaning at your own risk, this doesn't always work. When it does not work, it means your print head is damaged.

To maually clean the print head. Printer cover up (so you can get to the cartridges and print head). Turn the Printer Off. Remove all the cartridges (I put each cartridge in a separate zip lock bag). Then flip up the lever and remove the print head.
Now heat (don't boil) distilled water (Iused a good sized cook pan and a plastic measuring cup to pour the water). Find a container you can soak the print head in (I used a deep alluminum baking pan). Pour the hot (not boiling) distilled water over the print head molding where the cartridges seat down (hold the printhead over your diposable alluminum pan). Then dunk the molded print head part into the pan numerous times. When the water gets dark change it (be carefuill not to stain the sink). Then slowly pour the hot distilled over the print head (opposite side from where the cartidges seat in). Eventually no ink will be in the water. Set the print head on a dry paper towel, and let it dry for 24 hours or longer. Reinstall the print head, then the catridges. If it worked, your true colors will return. It make take up to 15-20 photos to get all the ink catridges flowing-be patient. You can also just wait 24 hours after re-installing the cartridges, and hopefully it will take less photos to see the correct color match.

Never keep printing when a cartridge is low or out.
Print a few prints every week. Not printing for weeks causes the printheead and the ink flow to clog!

Good luck. I just recovered my S820 and my i900D using the above cleaning method. Like everything else, your mileage may vary! It cost me $1.29 for distilled water and about an hours worth of time!

Posted on Oct 20, 2008

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Open Cover and see if the cartridge come over on there own, if not you have a paper jam. Look at the roller and see if there's any paper jammed. Good luck

Posted on Jun 06, 2009

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SOURCE: MP830 Cyan Ink won't print

To Fix the stupid Cyan, just unplug the printer, it may take more that one time unplug, its stupid problem, printer needs to reset, I have a full ink of Cyan but it says this "There is more than one Cyan" on the dispaly on the printer, and windows that its missing. I don't know what idiots programmed the printer. but screw them.

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Posted on May 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Installed all new ink cartridges and now poor printing results

hi,

hope this tip can help your problem your printer ink,

try to put your ink cartridges the printing head on top of a cotton with an alcohol in it. 40% it can. for about 5 minutes or less.

after that whip it with dry cotton. and install it again. and do again the cleaning procedure of the printer head.

and also check your printing preferences about print quality.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Canon Pixma yellow color problem

Either the ink you are using is not going to give the color you want, or you have print heads that are blocked.

Posted on Mar 28, 2010

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