Canon IP4500 new - set up with generic carts?

Discussion in 'Peripherals' started by zzzd, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. zzzd

    zzzd Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2012
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Bought a Canon IP4500 years ago and put it away in the closet after selling the OEM cartridges. Do I need OEM cartridges to set it up for the first time or will generics work?
     
  2. Loading...

    Similar Threads - Canon IP4500 generic Forum Date
    Flatbed Canon USB scanner and KVM with USB3 ports Peripherals Oct 31, 2016
    Help !! canon ip3000 printer misdetect door closed Peripherals Oct 19, 2016
    Problems with Canon MF scanner function in W7 Peripherals Dec 7, 2015
    Canon iP3500/iP4500 - Which CD tray? Peripherals Sep 27, 2007
    New Canon iP4500 replaces iP4300 Peripherals Sep 7, 2007

  3. de8212

    de8212 Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2000
    Messages:
    4,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    I had the 4500 years ago. Loved it. I used generics in it without a problem.
     
  4. jhansman

    jhansman Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2004
    Messages:
    2,564
    Likes Received:
    9
    FWIW, I had to replace the print head on my Canon Pixma after using generics for a month or so. Fortunately, the printer was still under warranty (just), and they sent me the replacement overnight. Don't know for sure if it was the inks or not, but now I only use the much more expensive Canon carts and have had no problems.
     
  5. zzzd

    zzzd Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2012
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    I guess it's just human nature to blame the ink. Even when people were using only the colored water based inks they would still blame the generic stuff unless they only used OEM and of course then it was the printers fault. I've found it's usually operator error - most often lack of use. That's usually my problem although I did get two faulty cartridges once.

    I purchased a couple of generic cartridges that had been sanded/grinded too much on the "nipple end" ? Now that I know its' easy to catch - the cartridge snaps in to place with little or no pressure. That's a clue that it's not sealing around the gasket at the bottom and it starts sucking air. Not a big problem with a full tank and gravity but at a half tank you'll only get a page or less before it starts to fade and needs a cycling/cleaning of the ink to get those same results all over again. A new cartridge (not from the same production run) solves the problem.

    Nice thing about Canons is that the head is easily removed for cleaning. And if water doesn't clear it, use Windex.