I bought refill cartridges for my Canon Pixma ip4200 printer. The cartridges were not the official Canon cartridges, but generic refill cartridges. I've had good experiences in the past, but this time they may have been my demise.
I put the cartridges in. I didn't print anything for a while(ie 1-2 months), and when i tried printing, I found that the printer was omitting the black. All other colors worked. I've tried printing from a variety of programs, and all seem to have the same problem.
I printed the test pattern, and the composite black (BK) and PGBK lines didn't print.
I tried the cleaning function on my printer menu 5X, with no luck. I've also tried the deep cleaning function 5X. I've tried taking the cartridges out and soaking the printer head in Windex and hot water overnight, swabbing with q tips then drying and reinstalling. This fixed the composite black(BK), so now I get composite black, but printing out the test page in greyscale just prints out a blank page. Seems like the PGBK cartridge still doesn't work.
I've even tried swapping the PGBK with the official Canon replacement cartridge.
Anyone had this experience? I feel like my whole life is spent fixing things that never should have broken...