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mr.dude

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Do you leave your printer on or turn it off?
« on: November 27, 2006, 05:14:16 AM »

If you're not going to be using your printer for a while, do you usually leave it on or turn it off?  

The reason i ask is because i left my IPF5000 unused and off for a mere 12 days and it went through what seemed like a power cleaning cycle when i turned it back on.  it sucked up 20% of the maintenance tank (indicated by the driver) you could hear bubbling sounds in the ink tanks.  I don't know if this is going to happen everytime i leave the printer alone for over a week but i'd like to avoid it.  Maybe leaving it on and letting it do those tiny auto head cleanings is the better way to go?  Opinions/advice?  

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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2006, 07:13:46 AM »

From what I recall of Michael's report, Canon recommends leaving the ipf5000 on all the time so that the printer can take care of itself will cleans as needed.  Of course, if it's doing a small clean every day, I don't know how that compares to doing a big clean every 12 days ...

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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2006, 08:19:04 AM »

Epson recommendds turning their printers off when not in use. Canon and HP say to leave them on.

This is due to the different head technology used.

Good advise in all cases.

Michael
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2006, 09:30:50 AM »

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Epson recommendds turning their printers off when not in use. Canon and HP say to leave them on.

This is due to the different head technology used.

Good advise in all cases.

Michael
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Michael,

Are you saying the printer will come out of sleep mode by itself to do a small cleaning when it isn't in use?

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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2006, 10:01:22 AM »

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Michael,

Are you saying the printer will come out of sleep mode by itself to do a small cleaning when it isn't in use?

--John
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John, the following is quoted from Michael's ipf5000 early report (bold emphasis is mine):

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Apparently the iPF 5000 knows when its heads needs cleaning, and does so itself. In fact, sometimes while it's just sitting there idling the printer spontaneously decides to run a cleaning cycle, seemingly for no apparent reason. But there is a reason, and it is based on a series of factors including total time on, time idle, time sleeping, time with heads capped, time spent printing, or not printing. Based on an equation that takes all of these timing factors into account, the printer may decide to run one of a number of different cleaning cycles. The most common of these apparently uses only a very tiny amount of ink. In the order of picoliters.

Eric
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2006, 10:08:03 AM »

When I leave mine on - that is what it does - all by itself!
Gary

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Michael,

Are you saying the printer will come out of sleep mode by itself to do a small cleaning when it isn't in use?

--John
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John Hollenberg

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2006, 10:27:41 AM »

Eric,

Yes, I saw that, but idling implies On, but not doing any printing (which is different than sleep mode).  So, I wanted to be sure.

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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2006, 11:27:28 AM »

Hi John,

After reading this thread, I'll probaby leave mine on all the time.  Normally, I do leave it on.  However, during two extended trips (out of the country) more than two weeks each, I did turn it off.  After returning from the first trip, it went through what seemed like an extended cleaning cycle after powering on (probably like the one you described).  After returning from the second trip, I powered on and it did nothing out of the ordinary, no cleaning cycle or anything.  Just printed when I asked it to without any issues.  So I'm thiniking maybe it does have a mind of it own about these things  

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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2006, 10:20:37 AM »

This is what I have done with my IPF5000:


1. Set the sleep timer to 60 min

Menu > System Setup > Sleep Timer > = 60 min.

This is more reasonable than the default, which is very short.


2. Leave the printer on.

The printer wakes up every once in a while to clean itself. Sort of like having a cat, but without the litter box. (Actually, the IPF5000 does have a litter box, but it doesn't have to be emptied that often.)


As a result, the printer has now made hundreds of prints without a single clog or printing failure, something I could never say about any of the Epsons I owned.
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2006, 11:27:36 AM »

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This is what I have done with my IPF5000:
1. Set the sleep timer to 60 min

Menu > System Setup > Sleep Timer > = 60 min.

This is more reasonable than the default, which is very short.
2. Leave the printer on.

The printer wakes up every once in a while to clean itself. Sort of like having a cat, but without the litter box. (Actually, the IPF5000 does have a litter box, but it doesn't have to be emptied that often.)
As a result, the printer has now made hundreds of prints without a single clog or printing failure, something I could never say about any of the Epsons I owned.
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Tony,

That's a good tip. Thanks.  I saw the menu item, but had yet to think to implement it.

Dale

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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2006, 12:03:18 PM »

Just one note on sleep mode, the iPF5000 won't go into sleep when it's set to Manual feed mode. Only when set to Cassette / Roll.

Michael
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« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2006, 01:30:02 PM »

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Just one note on sleep mode, the iPF5000 won't go into sleep when it's set to Manual feed mode. Only when set to Cassette / Roll.

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Odd.  Bug or design feature?  What would the reason be for this?

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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2006, 01:51:44 PM »

Not sure. Next time I speak to the Canon tech rep I'll ask.

Michael
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2006, 04:12:08 AM »

thanks for all the replies.  i'll be leaving it on
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