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    [SOLVED] Cannot clean printer heads

    Ubuntu 8.04 - Recently installed, tried re-installing, did not help

    Hello,
    I have a Canon IP3000 printer. The printer is recognised by Ubuntu and will print fine. Although the printing works, the quality of the print is very low and smudgy. The heads need to be cleaned. I found the control panel for the printer and can clearly see the button that says "clean print heads".

    The button is grayed out and cannot be pressed. I think this may be a bug or missing application.

    Please help me work this out because I need to print for work, and soon.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Cannot clean printer heads

    The head cleaning utilities for ink-jets usually only works with windows. I had to connect my Lexmark to a windows PC to clean the heads.

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    Re: Cannot clean printer heads

    Can't you clean the heads from the printer controls? You should be able to.
    Or you could always manually clean the heads:
    http://www.normediasolutions.com/gui...head_cleaning/
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    Lightbulb Re: Cannot clean printer heads

    I would recommend that you get the Turbo print drivers for your printer. I have two Canon printers too (IP1600 and IP1800) and the only way I could gain the full functionality in Linux was to use that driver. The only drawback is that the driver is not free (although you can test it and use it for free with some functions disabled). But if you are willing to pay the price (I did, and was worth it), you'll have all the functionality that you had in Windows. Here's the link to the site:

    http://www.zedonet.com/en_p_turboprint.phtml

    In the future, if you need to purchase a printer for Linux, I would recommend that you get HP printers, as they are the best supported printers in Linux.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Cannot clean printer heads

    There is a package in synaptic worth trying. I use it for my epson r200.

    mtink

    Status monitor tool for Epson inkjet printers
    This is a printer status monitor which enables to get the remaining ink
    quantity, to print test patterns, to reset printer and to clean nozzle.

    Even if this monitor is targeted to Epson printer, some HP and Canon model are
    supported.


    It needs to be run as gksudo mtink

    The menu item ends up in Accessories.

    Worth a shot as it's free.

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    Re: [SOLVED] Cannot clean printer heads

    Quote Originally Posted by hayden92 View Post
    Please help me work this out because I need to print for work, and soon.
    Thank you in advance.

    Hello, I found the way to clean the heads of my Canon ip1600 here:
    http://dayat-chasan.blogspot.com/200...ing-canon.html

    If your printer´s name (as listed in the printer manager) is ip1600, you have to execute:

    cngpij -P ip1600

    If it doesn´t work, it might be that you´re not part of lp group. Try adding your user to that group, or execute the program as root, with:
    gksu cngpij -P ip1600

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