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Old Dec 1, 2005, 4:02 PM   #1
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well I have had this printer about 1.5 years, the 1yr warranty is up. they want $69 to look at it. at compUSA they had a sale on r300's and they were $49.. I cant see trashing this printer since I paid $210 for it when it came out !!. can anyone tell me if I can use some of the chemicals to clean the print heads.. they ALL are clogged... it just prints a blank page.. Yes I used Epson ink FIRST, then replaced with a generic brand... then went back to epson. It seemed like right after I changed the cartridges it stopped printing.... I bought some chemical stuff from ebay, that may help at least I hope.. is there something manually that can be done to clean the print heads... I saw someone mention soaking the head in ammonia... is it hard to remove a print head?

any help or ideas would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Old Dec 1, 2005, 7:15 PM   #2
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First thing -- if you don't get any ink at all, it's not clogged nozzles.

They won't all clog at once.

Are you sure you're not getting the 'service required' message that indicates the waste pads are assumed to be full?

Other possibilities include air lock (bubbles in the feed spigot and head -- again unlikely to affect all colours, but will completely stop any head that has one), a cartridge not fully home and therefore not properly connected or maybe an electronic fault.

If I saw R3x's offered in this country at the price you saw I'd grab a couple -- that's far cheaper than the cartridges that come with them...
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Old Dec 2, 2005, 2:18 PM   #3
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You really don't want to start experimenting using chemicals, it's ok if it's a proven fact that works, the nozzles are mighty fine and delicate.

I would imagine the best thing is to get a set of Cartridge cleaners, give them a couple of flushes leaving them in situ overnight, giving a couple of flushes the next day.

Then replacing them with ink cartridges and give another couple of flushes or so, if that don't work then I doubt anything else will.

Had an Epson C62 that clogged on the second day a replacement six months later clogged on the fourth day and all with Epson ink.

I went and got a Canon ip5000 it's about six months old now, hand on heart it has not clogged once nor required a manual head clean, some times it don't get used for three or four days and I get no problems.

There's just gotta be a difference with say Canon and Epson ink and indeed any other printer brand, Epson is a cold ink and just flicks it on the paper as the nozzles vibrates, Canon heads has to boil the ink, the hot air on the bubble causes it to burst, the bubble burst and then splatter's the paper in the correct place and sequence.

What I am trying to point out here is that I do feel that the inks must be specialised for that purpose and doubt that 'universal inks' are capable of doing both jobs well, yes they may work but how well? If using non-OEM inks it 'may' be wiser to use a formulated ink specially for that brand of printer as opposed to a universal type.

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Old Dec 2, 2005, 9:07 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies... I too find it odd, that as soon as I replaced the cartridges with Epson ink.. they did NOT work...I bot some chemical stuff that is supposed to prolong the life of the printer and clean clogged print heads.... Same ink epson tech's use... we will see if it works...Thanks
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