I have a newish (a couple of weeks, not printed more than a couple of dozen photos) cartridge in my PictureMate. It has been printing fine, but has just announced that the cartridge is empty. Given how much it has been used I find this difficult to believe. I've gone as far as weighing the cartridges: A full one (which I fear I'm going to have to open) weighs 186g, an empty one (awaiting recycling) weighs 160g and the one in question weight 180g, which would tend to suggest it isn't completely empty.
Before I changed computers it used to give me an update on the cartridge status, but when I uploaded the new drivers this option didn't (obviously) appear.
I suspect I'm going to have to give in and load the new new cartridge, but does anyone have any ideas in case this happens again?
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Re: Newish cartridge, PM say's it's empty
These types of cartridge problems usually occur when the printer hasn't been cleaned. We all tend to neglect cleaning the dust out of our printers and even a small amount of dust can clog an ink cartridge. You should go ahead and change it and clean the printer real good inside the way the manufacture suggest cleaning it. Good Luck.
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Note: If you see a Print Pack low message on the photo viewer, you may not be able to clean the print head until you replace the Print Pack.
Load paper in PictureMate so you can print a nozzle check pattern after cleaning the print head.
Press the arrow buttons to select Maintenance and press OK.
Press the arrow buttons to select Auto Cleaning and press OK.
Press OK again to clean the print head. Cleaning takes about 60 seconds. PictureMate makes some noise and you see an Auto Cleaning message.
When cleaning is complete, PictureMate prints a nozzle check pattern.
Check the pattern to see if there are any gaps in the lines.
Do one of the following:
If there are no gaps, Press OK.
If there are gaps, Press the Back button.
Follow the instructions on the screen to clean the print head, check the nozzles, and repeat the process as necessary.
If you don't see any improvement after cleaning the print head up to 4 times, turn off the product and wait at least 6 hours. Then try cleaning the print head again. If quality still does not improve, one of the ink cartridges may be old or damaged and needs to be replaced.
Hope somebody can help, my text is printing the top half of the script blurred but the bottom half is clear! My printer is a canon ip2600. I have newish cartridges and everything has been cleaned and aligned. Cheers
are you using a generic ink cartridge? and just for added information, picturemate cartridges or so some epson inks do have expiration dates, pls check because if you have them stored for quite sometime the tendency is that the inks will harden up. then it will not distribute ink to your nozzle.
another thing troubleshooting steps, have you tried to perform a cleaning cycle? try to do it for about 4 or 5 times. then try to print. pls be advised that it will take in a certain amount of inks to clear the cloggs and force it out.
or before installation of the cartridge, did you shake them? for about 5 times then insert it back
That is a problem with the Ink jet printers. Lack of use causes the cartridges/heads, etc. to dry up. You're only solution (I'm afraid) is to replace them. TIP: If you're typically not using the printer for several days or even week(s) at a time, it never hurts to print a single (low coverage) page of colour every few days just to keep the ink flowing
My PM 260 has been acting up by only printing only about 1" of the paper and then it will stop feeding the paper. It will eject the paper only if I exit from the computer or turn off the power on the printer and then turn it back to on. I already updated the driver (13488). Should I have it looked at by an Epson certified repair or just buy another one?
so you mean thats the replacement cartridge and after printing 10 prints it is now saying you have to change it, chances are that is a defective ink cartridge, you should get more prints from that replacement, here's what, call epson technical support at 562-276-1300 and have your proof of purchase ready and complain on this, they will send you a replacement, i mean they should. now if its going to happen on the replacement ink cart, that after 10 prints and it will say its empty then thats an issue with the printer already. update me regarding on it, but for now my best advice is to call epson. Have a nice day!!
You need a RESET utility software to make it work. Download SSC Service Utility to do that... Search it on the internet and download the file... it's free. But you have to change the "waste pads" so ink won't overflow from your printer during head cleaning.