Question about Epson Stylus Photo R200 InkJet Printer

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R200 will not print black color

All other colors come out perfectly except black.
Printed nicely on larger fonts and bold test prints for colors
grey, yellow, olive, fuchia and blue but not for black.

Any ideas. Ink levels are okay. Tried Printer Utility trouble-shooting
in Windows properties i.e. Nozzle cleaning etc. Nothing I tried helped.
Is there a easy way to manually clean the print head for the black inkjet flow to clear? (puzzling that the other colors did not have a problem)

Anyone's help is appreciated.
Thanks
Peter

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Sounds like maybe the chips on the cartridges aren't making proper contact. Have you tried removing the black cartridge and reinserting?

How long did it take you to replace all the color cartridges? If it sat uncapped for very long, the black may simply be clogged. Often a few drops of Windex with Ammonia D (not the lemony stuff!) on the purge/park pad will do it.

With the lid up turn it on, and as soon as the heads are unparked pull the plug. Very gently, slide the print head out of the way. With an eyedropper, put a few drops of Windex with Ammonia D on the park pad, enough to make it obviously damp but not overflowing. If it is all gummed up, you'll need to clean it. In that case look here for more detailed instructions:
http://www.polyphoto.com/tutorials/PrintHeadCleaning/

My printer cleaning site is kind of rough, I wrote answers to others and got tired of retyping and just saved a few.

If the park pad is not all gummed up, then gently slide the print head all the way back over the park pad. As you do, the park pad automatically comes up under the print head so don't worry about it drying out. Leave it for a few hours or overnight before plugging it in and turning it on again, then run a cleaning cycle and try a nozzle check.

Never run more than 3 cleaning cycles in a row without printing -something-, even if it is just a nozzle check. And never -ever- move the print head manually while the printer is plugged in.

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