Dead printer.

I have been using a Canon Pixma Pro9000 mk1 printer for a few years now: it has died…. Dead, given up the ghost – not a happy bunny !!!!

This printer has given sterling service & contrary to popular opinion, could produce some very nice B&W prints; provided a careful choice of paper was made and it was correctly profiled.

It would seem from the fault code indications that the print head has quit: every time I try doing a cleaning function it flashes ‘printer says no’. Gone through all the suggestions found on the trusty internet, no luck.
This printer looks like new and has always been kept covered when not in use; never had any problems, until now. I should have known, as the Canon agent tempted fate when I was buying new ink “gosh that’s an old printer, why not buy a new one” hummm.
What is it with electronic items these days, it’s a constant battle against new operating systems, drivers, spares & a barrage of being told new is better. Try telling that to my Nikon F or F2SB, new is not always better – just different & usually far more complicated when faced with scrolling through menus just because a function needs changing.
Things just never last: Don’t get me started on saving the planet  “ You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes”

Gosh I am having a rant: probably because I have seen the price of a new print head; that is if a supplier has stock ! Two thirds of what the whole printer cost me. Ho well, there is always the Darkroom  🙂

I am on my way back home in a few days so will search and see what Canon UK says.

17 thoughts on “Dead printer.

  1. Hi David, Hope you’ve sorted your printer issues and are now back in biz! If not, to keep your mind off it, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is a wonderful way to get to know some lesser-known bloggers whose work you’d like to encourage others to see — like your b+w pix of Oman’s wonderful landscape. If you wish to accept, please visit my blog tomorrow, Sunday 19june and check out the Creativity + Inspiration blogpost. Cheeri-pip! 😀

        1. 🙂
          It doesn’t help with predictive type selected either.
          Modern technology – hummmm. Not to mention an Internet speed slower than I can write !


        2. My Windows phone has predictive words, which I do like, as it saves me having to type some longer words in full. The choices are usually pretty good and more than one, usually.

        3. I am the other way, I hate computers of any sort trying to make decisions for me.
          My D800 is configured, as near as I could make it; so that it works like my F4 & F2.
          No hope for me I am afraid. ……… 😉
          Ps. When I am back in Oman I will be on a better Internet server & visit your site – I must say, I do like you imaginative & creative work.


  2. I have a pixima 8700 series prints up to A3. Using Canon pro lustre paper for colour and I am well impressed. Not printed a b& w yet on A3. But used some other paper and colour not right for B&w. To say for mid range printer I am chuffed to bits with it. But this is new to me – printing and profiling. I did have an hp a4 and not pleased with it. It was meant for photo printing took too long and never any drivers (that old it ran on xp) and hp are invasive with updates that never exist. Good look with your canon I hope you resolve without having to purchase. If you do i suggest stick to Canon my recent experiences have given me new lease and outlook on my work

    1. Thanks & yes I hope I can resolve the issue with little expense, some how I doubt though.
      I agree about Canon and at least I know where the shop here in Oman is and can see what they have. Never found a reliable Epson supplier so I think they would be off the list for that reason alone.
      I live in hope: it’s only money as they say.


  3. Its just a printer…they do wear out.
    I had a 2400 Epson die of over use. Now I wonder how long it’s replacement, a 3880 will last.
    I think of ink as I once did film. Just a cost of doing photography. Yep, you are gonna need to “grit” yer “teeth and get a new one”…. I do hate spending the $$$$

    1. I know 🙂
      But it’s an attitude developed from my work over the years in the electronics field, nothing lasts nowadays & gets less user friendly.
      Mind you, in a past life I was expected to maintain Creed 7B teleprinters and they were a marvel of cogs & wheels until they went wrong – so I shouldn’t complain.


  4. My theory, buy new printer coz it also gets you free ink – once a good generation gives up the ghost your doomed to buy into the cycle. The older ones were sooooooooo good. Print and copy function on my ‘new’ one garbage except for text. Now treasure anything older than 10 yrs. My car is 16, rising 17, and hoping it will go to the grave with me!

    1. I am actually wondering should I follow that advice, it’s just a pity because the thing is perfect in every other respect. Maybe I should just give it a Viking funeral and be done with it. See what I find out in UK.

  5. Sorry to hear this, David.
    I know what it’s like when an ‘old friend’ passes away. I hope Canon UK can come up with some solutions. I’m also one of those people who doesn’t see the point in an update (when the tried & tested does a fantastic job). My Canon pixma does a pretty good job except that it swallows cartridges like nothing on earth. Too costly for me to run now I don’t have a monthly salary.

    I felt exactly the same when my Canon 18-200mm lens died late last year. It did extremely well to capture close to 80,000 images over 5 years.

    1. Thanks Vicki,
      I do despair some times, especially when I have opened items & found the piece broken is the one made of plastic.
      As for the ink – yes mine was (is) the same, it drinks the stuff.
      Ho well – no good crying over spilled milk. I will just hope and if not, grit my teeth and get a new one.


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