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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by securespark, 29 Jun 2019.

  1. securespark

    securespark

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    We all know printers are a con, right? The manufacturers try to sell us over-priced ink and tell us that if we use unbranded inks it will damage their equipment and invalidate any warranties.

    Our Canon MX925 last night flashed up a B200 fault code, print head blocked.

    So I remove the printhead and rested it in a shallow bath of IPA (not India Pale Ale!) overnight.

    This morning I dabbed off the IPA left on the surface and left it to dry for 2 hours. Then I refitted it to the printer and reinstalled the cartridges. It ran through some cleaning cycles, then the same code flashed up again.

    I went to the menu and set the machine to do a deep clean, which it duly completed and printed off a perfect inkjet pattern test print.

    Good, I thought and tried copying something to see the result.

    It chuntered away to itself for a bit then, guess what? B200 fault code!

    Why? If the cleaning was successful and the test print perfect, why does it revert to the same fault code?
     
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    I used to have a continuous ink system, saved a packet, but don't do much printing now. If you print a lot, look at HP's new printers with instant ink deals.
     
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    Because like a car's ECU the fault is now stored in it's memory. There used to be devices on the market to clear faults from printer's memories, at least for Epson printers. But I haven't seen anything like that in a long time. Try Youtube.
     
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  4. securespark

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    Tried several methods to clear codes. No good. The printer is alternating between printing OK and showing error B200 at the drop of a hat...shrug...
     
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    I have an old R285, and every 30k pages I have to reset it with a WicReset program...
    (The printer itself is now like one of Trigger's brushes, but saves me a fortune with a CISS system!)

    So maybe try searching for a 'Waste Ink Counter reset' for your particular model?
     
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    A lazer printer may be a better long term bet
     
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    Can't say I've ever seen a 'lazer printer'...

    Laser printers on the other hand are quite good, but nowhere near as economical as an inkjet coupled with a CISS :)
     
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    Tried all the suggestions and the printer keeps reverting to a B200.
    Going to introduce it to the local recycling centre...
     
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    Which is a terrible shame, for something approaching four ton (according to amazon).

    Do you have any local electronic smart r sez who could have a look at it?
     
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    surprised to hear you say that, but I don't know what a CISS is. Is it a woman who was born with female parts?

    My laser (LED) is back on the road again after I got a new drum assembly off ebay.

    A toner cartridge is nominally 7,000 pages which would be 14 packs of paper. Several years for me. How long does ink last? And how long an inkjet printer?
     
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    continuous ink supply system.
     
  13. securespark

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    Just over two years for me. Although the HP before that lasted 5 years.

    I suppose I could ring the printer cartridge shop in the village.
     
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    With current ink prices [my hp can be £32 for a set] it can be cheaper to buy a new printer complete with ink [under £30] and sell on you nearly new printer .
     
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    Hmmm. I have been looking at the Brother DCP L 3510.

    Brother are adamant that their cartridges have a shelf life of 2 years unopened and only 6 months once opened.

    The ink shop geezer is putting me off a laser MFC or DCP as I don't do enough "mileage". Also, he says the "cheap" remanufactered carts will clog up the system. He reckons I need quality "polymer" toner carts.

    Which are recommending this: no carts but refillable tanks: somwhere between bog-standard inkjet and CISS??
    https://www.printerbase.co.uk/canon...MIpozh14qh4wIVyLHtCh3FagDfEAAYASAAEgL_FPD_BwE

    Comments please!
     
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