Well, so far I've tried cleaning the printhead per CanonTek's instructions, without success, then reinstalled my old Lexmark 3200 (had a good black cartridge, but color was out). Then I found a Canon Pixma IP1700 and bought it new (spent about $5 on gasoline), unopened for $35, but also found out--after getting it home--that it has no output tray and uses a tricolor cartridge different from i550. How in God's name--and I'm an atheist--could anyone make a printer without an output tray?|
I have had Canon products for many years, esp. cameras, and they have been great and I loved my i550, but the lowest price printhead I could find was $62.50 plus shipping of about $9. Outrageous for a little chunk of plastic and metal with some circuitry. The heads are precision made, of course. Anyone know of a refurbishing facility for them?
My time is, of course, worth a lot more than what I'm putting into this, but I used to work for another printing company named Xerox and am now a retired systems engineer. I am now thinking about soaking the printhead for another day in alcohol/distilled water, then letting it dry for a couple days to see if that works. In the meantime I'm setting up the 1700. What the H--it was only $35.
The big problem may be getting rid of the i550 shell in which all the mechanical parts seem to be working just fine. And, anyone want a used Lexmark 3200? It has always worked just great, though it makes a fair amount of noise and is no speed demon.