Canon Ix7000 salvage or trash??

liviu stan

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Hi to everyone. I am new here and I am not an English native so please have mercy about my language, in case I make mistakes.
I have just received from a friend an Canon Ix7000 to take a look or throw it away but I am curious (as always) if it can be repaired.
I have downloaded the printer program/drivers from the Canon site it has auto-detected my OS El Capitan 10.11.6 (mac air) and I went through the printer utilities program to do the usual tests and actions for the begin of activity: normal print head clean, print the test page, automatic/manual align the head in order to see the reactions to the management program. Everything works fine mechanically but it seams it has problems with the images and filled patterns. As you can see in the images bellow, some of the test filled patterns come out in stripes instead of full solid pattern but some are normal, looks like a weird behavior for me. At a first look I think it can be an internal software of the machine ? The plain text b/w page that I printed looks perfect, I stil can print a woord document and looks fine but not images...
I use only OEM Canon and the history of the machine is unknown but is for sure not intensive used as a home printer, the serial is ABNS09773, is big and ugly, the original installation CD is not available (lost)...
Has somebody any idea ?
 

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The nozzle check pattern points IMO to an electrical problem in the printhead, this cannot be repaired.

As you already observed it is a monster (I had one myself) and too old to further invest in.

If you want a printer for office documents, look for a Canon Maxify, although it is only A4.
 

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The striped colours means the print head has suffered an electronic defect. A new print head might bring the printer back to working order.

But when a Canon print head fails electronically there is a risk that it can damage the logic board. A logic board damaged in this way can damage a new print head. So replacing the print head is a gamble and I cannot tell the odds for success.

The print head is QY6-0066 if you want to look for one. There are still some available from regular dealers of Canon spare parts in Europe, here is one. Beware of print heads from China. They are often used and defective and cleaned to look like new and packaged in fake foil bags and cardboard boxes. The are often defective out of the box.

Maybe a new printer is the best choice, as suggested by palombian?
 

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Welcome to the forum, liviu stan.

The nozzle check shows at least two problems.

The major issue is the pinstripping of the Dye-based colors CMYBk. This is an irreparable electrical failure in either the print head, the logic assay board or both. Replacing the print head may resolve the problem -- unless the issue is in the logic assay board. In that case, the electrical malfunction MAY spread to the new print head and ruin it as well. This is a very rare occurrence but is possible.

The minor issue is a few blocked nozzles in the latticework of the Pigment Black at the top of the page. These nozzles may open up again or may be permanently burned out and not work again. Even if permanently burned out, you may not notice them when you print using the Pigment Ink Black cartridge, used primarily with the Plain Paper setting such as for text.

You could use the printer for Plain Paper text printing, but any color printing will be missing significant ink and you will still need to replace empty color cartridges even if you only print black text because the printer will still perform maintenance purges of all inks.

Probably more cost effective and less headache to get a new printer.

Edit: While I was typing this post both Pal and Peter posted theirs. The early bird gets the worm! :clap
 

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Has somebody any idea ?
You’re also a bit too late, because I just tossed a iX7000 in the dumpster with full carts and good working print head last month, it was getting under my feet and wanted rid of it.. Sorry.. I could have sent you the print head..
https://www.printerknowledge.com/threads/canon-ix7000-going-cheap….13999/

As said a new Printer would be advisable at this stage.. The new replacement for the iX7000 is the Maxify.. And I got one.. it’s a much better printer..:)
 

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Dear All,
I thank you all for the answers, I really appreciate. Sorry for the late reaction but sometimes when I am coming back from work I am to tired to open the computers. To bad that a printer cannot be put back to work but on the other hand I like the idea to dismantle this machine to bits like I did with other electronics as wel, just for fun and knowledge, to see how it's made before I take it to the recycle yard.
In the begin of the pandemic I have spread the word to everyone I know for a Canon A3 with a decent print resolution to be able to work (and) at home just to print drawings, fotos, documents and in a few months... like a wise man said: "take care what you wish for.." I've ended up with 4 printers, a 9500 mark II, Ix 7000 and two Pro 100s. I did not had the time to look how they work (if they work ok) and perform but now I'll test the machines and eventually bother you with a question if necessary. There are no commercial purposes involved, the 2 pro's are supposed to work just fine and if this is the case I'll give one for good wil like to the school's art/foto club of my daughter or someone else to enjoy.
Thanks again and yes, I'll read as wel the other topics before posting something.
Respecfuly
 

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Welcome to the world of owning multiple printers. It can be very satisfying - the right tool for the right job - or frustrating when one or more printers are misbehaving.

When first starting out with one of your "new" printers, print only nozzle checks and make sure they are within normal limits. You can see what a normal nozzle check is for each of your printers either from their User Manual or you can Google the make and model number and include the words "nozzle check". For instance "Canon Pro-100 nozzle check". That search found a link to the Canon User Manual about the nozzle check (click here to see).

With Canon printers, the nozzles in the print head heat up the ink and spit it out. The ink cools the nozzles so they do not burn out and are forever irreparable and no ink comes out of that nozzle. This may look like a clog, which may be reversible with proper treatment. If you notice ink is missing at anytime when printing then do not print anything other than nozzle checks, or what the forum recommends, until the nozzle check is good again.

If you have any questions or concerns about the nozzle check then scan, crop and upload it to the forum. Create a new thread on the forum for that specific printer.

Good luck and happy printing!
 
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