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R.M.
23-10-2010, 02:49 PM
I have a Canon Pixma iP 8500 photo printer - and I've happy with the way it prints photos. :)

However, it also prints cds/dvds - and this is where there is a problem. This disc prints ok - but with a black smudge/mark on the disc. I've cleaned the bottom plate and done the various 'deep cleaning' routines. It is now slightly better, but not yet gone. :(

Suggestions? Where to go for help? The printer is not now brand new, but I'm not yet ready to replace it.

As always - TIA for your help.

gary67
23-10-2010, 04:33 PM
No suggestions my last Pixma did it when it got old too. Since that one went up in smoke literally I have a new one the 4700 and it is fine for now so fingers crossed it stays like that

Trev
23-10-2010, 05:53 PM
Some printers have a sort of sponge tray where the print head sits when not in use. This could be saturated with ink and needs cleaning out.
:)

R.M.
23-10-2010, 06:24 PM
Not a problem when I print photos, only when printing cds.... Is there a different tray for when printing cds?

I haven't tried to pull the thing apart yet - reluctant to go down that track!

Scouse
23-10-2010, 07:08 PM
Hi R.M. You mean like this:
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Tray.jpg

The tray for ip4500

Nomad
23-10-2010, 08:09 PM
You may want to do a bit of googling for workarounds.

I don't print CDs myself but I have read that folks have difficulty.
Here is just one link.
http://www.anestoday.com/epson2200/cdprint.htm

gary67
23-10-2010, 09:45 PM
I have no difficulties normally as I said earlier my old IP3000 did eventually do that at 5 years old. I still have the tray for that one. My new IP4700 doesn't do it but it is only a few months old

R.M.
23-10-2010, 10:06 PM
Hi R.M. You mean like this:
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Tray.jpg

The tray for ip4500

That's the one! But let me explain a little more. What I mean, is that is the tray I use to get the cd/dvd into the printer to be printed. The problem is not with the tray - that works just fine. The problem is BLACK INK smudges on the surface of the disc being printed (as well as what I asked to be printed - picture/print/whatever). There is no other colour smudges (in spite of using 8 colour cartridges).

Scouse
23-10-2010, 10:47 PM
Hi again R.M. Printer waste tanks can occasionally cause problems similar to what you describe. A Google on those words - printer waste tank, - brings up heaps of advice, etc. See for example: http://www.ehow.com/how_4492150_ink-tank-canon-photo-printer.html

As far as I can understand, the problem is that the damn heads automatically self clean and each time this happens a jet of ink goes through in to a pad of what appears to be paper towel type stuff and this can eventually exceed its holding capacity.

Snorkbox
23-10-2010, 11:56 PM
I found problems with printing labels on my Pixma.

Solved by getting a DVD Writer with Lightscribe.

Saves ink too. :)

R.M.
24-10-2010, 10:41 AM
I found problems with printing labels on my Pixma.

Solved by getting a DVD Writer with Lightscribe.

Saves ink too. :)

Funnily enough - I have a LG GH-22LS50 22X LightScribe Black SATA DVD Writer on my new rig. I haven't investigated the LightScribe side of things yet. ? software needed (do I have to pay for this?), is there freeware available? Which ones are good? I DO know that I would need special discs for this...

Paul.Cov
24-10-2010, 10:54 AM
Smudges can be due to media being too thick - and consequently too close to the print head.

If there is a paper thickness adjustment lever on your printer, try putting it into the 'thick/cardbaord/envelope" area when doing a disc and see if it helps.

R.M.
24-10-2010, 11:17 AM
If there is a paper thickness adjustment lever on your printer, try putting it into the 'thick/cardbaord/envelope" area when doing a disc and see if it helps.

Not on this printer - a previous Canon one I have does (Canon S750).

Snorkbox
24-10-2010, 11:17 AM
Download Lightscribe from here:-

http://www.lightscribe.com/downloadsection/

You can also get templates from the Design area on that page.

The software is free.

R.M.
24-10-2010, 11:37 AM
Download Lightscribe from here:-

http://www.lightscribe.com/downloadsection/

You can also get templates from the Design area on that page.

The software is free.

Thanks - that will do nicely! :)

Speedy Gonzales
24-10-2010, 12:07 PM
Remember it'll be B&W only not colour. You still need a program (LS is just the software for it, not the program to add templates). Something like CDburnerXP will let you do this (If you want something free)

Scouse
24-10-2010, 12:31 PM
If you are used to creating multi-coloured CD's - lightscribe will be a real let-down.