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Author Topic: Canon IPF8300 and 6300 Reliability Issues (2F44 + other issues)  (Read 16345 times)
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« Reply #40 on: November 06, 2013, 04:51:59 AM »
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Infrequent use will shorten head life - an acknowledged fact on the Canon Wiki.  The heads have a large quantity of spare nozzles which are mapped into  use when others clog.   The best anti clog protocol is a print twice a week.  Persistant attempts to  force cleanings and trying to make heads clean by pushing supply, will end up shorting-out the mother  board due to raised current during these processes.  Just put in a new  head when things seeem to be blocking ink flow and, overall, the printer will last longer.

Genuine pf03 heads can be had  from China at $350 plus delivery.
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« Reply #41 on: November 06, 2013, 11:47:28 AM »
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got a link for that Chinese source?
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« Reply #42 on: November 06, 2013, 02:09:26 PM »
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I have watched a video on YouTube where a clogged print head is placed in an ultrasonic machine with cleaning solution and this clears the clog. Has anyone tried this?
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I successfully cleaned my old i9900 head under running tap water. I have access to a ultrasonic machine but I'm not sure I want to try that with a 6300 head. For one thing the head needs to dry very completely before reusing it, and it might be bad to leave the printer without a head in it for that long.
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« Reply #43 on: November 06, 2013, 06:05:14 PM »
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Link to pf03:
http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/947444545/Original_And_100_Brand_Canon_PF.html
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« Reply #44 on: November 06, 2013, 06:59:54 PM »
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Thanks for that info!

Anyone have that info on where to purchase the Head Management Sensor?
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« Reply #45 on: November 06, 2013, 11:23:43 PM »
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I bought my replacement print head through EBay for $350 as well.  Genuine also.  I thought by not printing as much I would save my parts live's.  Boy was I wrong.  2 print heads later I learned my lesson. 
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« Reply #46 on: November 07, 2013, 05:30:40 AM »
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I bought my replacement print head through EBay for $350 as well.  Genuine also.  I thought by not printing as much I would save my parts live's.  Boy was I wrong.  2 print heads later I learned my lesson. 

Ditto. I knew the heads were expensive when I purchased the printer, but I didn't think I would go through many heads because I wouldn't print frequently. I didn't know I would I would go through heads because I don't print frequently.

Thanks to everyone for the info.
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« Reply #47 on: January 09, 2014, 12:18:15 PM »
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I am getting a ghosting (light gray) to the left of all of my Black printing on numerous stocks. I completed a print head alignment. This is right after replacing both right (two months ago) and left (two weeks ago) print head.
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« Reply #48 on: January 09, 2014, 01:54:20 PM »
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Did you complete advanced head alignment without error notice? Take a closer look at nozzle check and make sure there's no doubled vertical lines in any pattern.
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« Reply #49 on: January 09, 2014, 02:09:59 PM »
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You are right - there is some double image with the Right print head - black and grey - Now what???
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« Reply #50 on: January 09, 2014, 02:40:00 PM »
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it's dead. Try to replace it under warranty
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« Reply #51 on: January 09, 2014, 03:11:18 PM »
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My most recent 8300 heads now have 6500 and 8000 square feet on them, still going strong.  Used 300+ days a year.  I wonder if recent heads have improved in some way?  Both my current heads are warranty replacements with "R" prefixes.  Does that mean "Refurbished" or "Repaired."  Anybody know?

Other than an infrequent 1/2 hour spent on head replacements, the old 8300 has been a steadfast workhorse in a dusty, low humidity location in temperatures swinging between 60F and 80F.  I load rolls and print, end of story.  Don't even bother with nozzle checks, except for profiling.  The 9880 was not like that.
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« Reply #52 on: March 10, 2014, 06:24:21 PM »
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Anyone ever heard of cleaning the iPF print heads? It's a pretty common practice on inexpensive printers, but they're dye based ink.
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« Reply #53 on: March 11, 2014, 12:55:44 AM »
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Question is if it's clogged or dead. If there are unregular clogs on nozzle check you can unclogged it - if half or whole channel is missing, it's gone for good.
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« Reply #54 on: March 16, 2014, 07:09:37 PM »
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Question is if it's clogged or dead. If there are unregular clogs on nozzle check you can unclogged it - if half or whole channel is missing, it's gone for good.

If I go for more than a week without printing, mine goes though the long repeated cleaning process and fails with the 2F44 error. But it prints fine after I power it down and back on. I've been leaving it on and letting it go into sleep mode since this problem started.

The head cleaning I was referring to is the one where the nozzle portion of the head is soaked in water and/or solvent. It seems to be a common practice on smaller dye based printers. I've done it with my i9900 print head.
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« Reply #55 on: March 17, 2014, 12:28:14 AM »
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I have an HP z 3100 for years now . I have gone through two print heads for under 150 un all the years I have owned it. Guess no matter how flakey HP is will stick with them
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« Reply #56 on: March 23, 2014, 06:00:33 PM »
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Kat, my Canon 8300 was doing the exact same thing.  I would just power cycle and everything printed fine.  Until a Friday night when I needed prints for Sunday.  2 emergency canvas orders that I said I could do at the last minute to end up with my head dying and no longer printing after a power cycle.  Lesson learned.  See if you can get it replaced under warranty.  If not, get some money together and order a replacement that you can have on hand because it WILL die on you at the worst possible time. 
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« Reply #57 on: March 23, 2014, 07:54:28 PM »
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Kat, my Canon 8300 was doing the exact same thing.  I would just power cycle and everything printed fine.  Until a Friday night when I needed prints for Sunday.  2 emergency canvas orders that I said I could do at the last minute to end up with my head dying and no longer printing after a power cycle.  Lesson learned.  See if you can get it replaced under warranty.  If not, get some money together and order a replacement that you can have on hand because it WILL die on you at the worst possible time. 
I've been thinking about doing that, so I better go ahead and do it now that you mention it. Did you get the Chinese market print head?
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« Reply #58 on: March 24, 2014, 06:42:51 PM »
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Kat, I went on eBay and found what looked like a genuine one.  Same box.  All HP info on it for about $350 shipped. 
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