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Old Jan 6, 2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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I think this fault may have been self inflicted.
My black cartridge ran out and i did not have a replacement.
I took out the empty cartridge and the printer was left for about
2 weeks with the black cartridge missing.
I have now replaced the black cart and it will not print. The colours
are printing ok.
I have run a few cleaning cycles but same result.
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Old Jan 6, 2008, 12:38 PM   #2
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is it because the cartridge as not carged??

When you swap a cartridge when empty it does a charge cycle if u just pop on in it wont do it

try this

1. Make sure the printer is plugged in but not printing.

2. Click "Start", point to "Settings", then select Printers.

3. Right click the "Epson Stylus Printer " icon and click "Properties" from the menu that appears.

4. Click the "Utility" tab, then click the "Ink Cartridge Replacement" button.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen to replace the ink cartridge.

6. Wait several minutes until the printer has completed charging the ink before resuming printing.

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Old Jan 6, 2008, 2:35 PM   #3
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Gary, I have windows xp and couldn't find the change cartridge utility
in the way you suggested. The cartridge is showing up as full in the
display where it shows all the cartridges and the ink they contain.
I have run the nozzle check and the head clean a few times but it will
not print any black ink.
Looking at some of the other posts I was thinking that there may be a
blockage somewhere possible caused by dry ink after leaving the printer
without the cartridge for a few weeks.
Any further suggestions appreciated

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Old Jan 6, 2008, 2:42 PM   #4
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2. Click "Start", point to "control panel", then select Printers

that is for xp users

i know from my own experiance that if u dont got through the proper procedure for installing.....ie with epson prompts, the cart wont charge.

yes it could also be dry ink

just check to see that u pulled the yellow strip of breather holes, its not unknown for them to be left on



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Old Jan 6, 2008, 5:06 PM   #5
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Gary - Thanks for your prompt responses. But do not have an
option for cartridge replacement.

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Old Jan 7, 2008, 4:32 AM   #6
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I have spoken with someone about my problem and he thinks it may be
that some ink has dried out and is the cause.
He advised removing all the cartridges and soaking a piece of kitchen roll
in a mixture of water/meths with a dash of washing up liquid. Put the paper
on the contacts and leave overnight.
Anyone got any comments on this procedure ??

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Old Jan 7, 2008, 11:00 PM   #7
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If the colour carts are printing OK, there's no reason to remove them — you might cause even more problems.

The odds are that it's dried ink causing the failure to print .

Epson themselves recommend that cartridges not be left out of the printer for more than a few minutes, which makes sense.

The only contacts on an Epson cartrige are those for the protection chip — on no account put wet paper (or anything else except maybe electrical contact cleaner...) on those.

What you should do is put a few drops of blue Windex (or any other good ammonia-based glass cleaner) on the pads the print heads park on and leave overnight, then run up to three successive head cleans (with a nozzle check between each) the next day.

If after this you're still not getting any trace of black you've probably got a clog in the tube from the cartridge to the black head — try injecting (with a hypodermic sans needle) a small amount of the same cleaner into the spike the cartridge sits on (don't use too much force, a hypodermic can apply enough pressure to crack a print head if you're too enthusiastic with it) — replace the cartridge and again leave at least overnight, then repeat the cleaning.

Perseverence will probably get the thing printing again.

If you're on a Windows machine (doesn't work om Mac OS), pick up the SSC utility from http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and install it — among other things it will let you run head cleans on black only so you don't waste your colour ink.


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thanks, i will give that a try later on today.
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