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Ink Cartridge Problem?

When I try to print, the black ink and the yellow ink won't appear on the paper (except in small dashes and spots). I have tried using the nozzle head cleaning utility several times as well as the printer head alignment. The remaining ink levels say that both black and yellow are almost full. What gives? At times, black or yellow will print out as blue, other times it doesn't work at all. Magenta appears to be the only thing working correctly, and weirdly, this cartridge is the one with the least ink left. I don't know what to do. I have had this printer for at least five years - is it just running out of gas?

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Epson printers, such as the one you have, use fixed print heads. This results in a lesser cost for a cartridge each time you buy one, but the down side is that they are prone to clogging. I have wrestled with Epson printers for a long time and have salvaged some that are unable to be rescued by using the head cleaning utility, but I would not suggest it for the average user. My advise would be to start looking for another printer that meets your needs since to repair this one would cost more than it is worth. After 5 years of use I would count my blessings since I have seen them go bad even sooner.

P.S.- If you really feel brave and have totally given up on trying to use the head cleaning utility, you can google for more advanced/aggressive methods of clearing clogged heads on an Epson printer. Good Luck.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008

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    I will offer this as a method of an advanced cleaning method when all else fails:

    Epson cleaning kit


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    The link above will work for all Epson Stylus printers (except for the C64-C86, CX4600-CX6400 series) with non Durabite ink

    The following link is for all other Epson Stylus and Canon BJC (nondisposable printhead) using Durabrite ink

    Epson cleaning kit 2




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Seem to be or a cartridge problem or a printer driver.

disconnect printer from computer
cancel documents in queue
reboot & reconnect printer

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