I had not used my 2200 for several years but then decided to try it. I put in all new ink. Unfortunately the nozzle check reveals no printing at all on the 3rd and 4th rectangle from the left. The 1st and 2nd and 5th through 7th are also fine. Repeated nozzle cleaning (10 times) has not fixed the problem. I also turned the printer off over night and tried again. Still the same problem. Is there a way to get at the heads physically? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The only thing you might be able to do is to tag a rag, put some acetone or fingernail polish remover and then wipe the contacts where the print cartridges plug in. My guess is that you had ink dry up in those and the acetone should dissolve the dried ink. If this doesn't work, the printer is pretty much useless.
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This should be the problem of print head ink nozzle block.The nozzle for the black ink cartridge got dry.So the ink getsdried state.It won't allow any inks passing through the micro nozzles.Head cleaning won't help with the heavy nozzle block.So try replacing a new black cartridge or else bring the printer to the nearest service center.It'll help so.
The reason it wont print, is because you had air get sucked into the print nozzles and then dried up any remaining ink within the nozzles. If you put a new set of ink or the one that your having problems with and do 2 or 3 cleanings and it still does not work, the unit will need to be sent in for service.
It will either require a special cleaning from the service center, or the printhead will need to be replaced.
If you want to try something your self, not as helpful, is to move the printhead manually to the left (you will need to move the locking mechanism back to free the printhead) and fill up the cleaning area with some water. it will be a small rectangular box. fill it up with water (several drops) and the water should peak. then slide the printhead back to the right and let it sit for a few hours. do a couple cleanings, and do a test print.
Since it's trying to print, the printer probably just needs cartridges. The ink can dry in the nozzles with age and disuse and clog them.
Before you splurge on new cartridges, try getting them going. (This assumes there is some ink left in them.) Take the cartridges out of the printer, wet a layer of paper towels about 1/8 inch thick, and whack the nozzles against the wet surface a few times. Check every few whacks to see if you're getting any ink flow. Repeat until you see some ink on the towels and on the nozzles, or until you decide it's futile. Often this dislodges the clogged ink and opens the nozzles, and buys some extra printing time. But you're probably going to want new ones soon anyway.
The problem is that the print color heads nozzles are blocked through lack of use and putting new ink cartridges will not unblock the ink nozzles. Inkjet printers needs to be use at least once a week to prevent nozzles from blocking up.
You need to replace the print-head with a new one.
NOTE print-heads are not cheap, it maybe cheaper to get a later model printer.
If the printer was unused for a week or 2 the print heads are clogged with dried up ink.
You can use the maintainance tab for the printer for cleaning and nozzle check or the program below. I have been using it for several years.
This is a utility to manage your ink. Gives an accurate count of how many ink shot are left in each cartridge. The printer just told me I need a new magenta but this program says I have 13% left. It also has sepparate routines for cleaning the black and color (unfortunately not individual cartridges) and a powerful clean cycle when they are really cogged. http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml
If it hasn't printed anything for a couple of years then the print heads will be severely clogged with dried ink. Epson recommends printing a page or two every month to keep the heads clear. You need to try cleaning the print heads, its unlikely that one or two head cleans will clear a badly clogged nozzle. Try doing 4 or 5 head cleans, wait about 10 hours for the ink to soften and do another 3 or 4 cleans with a nozzle check after each. You should see a gradual improvement in the nozzle checks. If there is no improvement then you need a head cleaning solution such as this one: http://www.powerklin.co.uk/?gclid=CNGDypir-JgCFQ4yQgodZlC4lw
Others are available just try googling "inkjet head cleaning". Note that head cleaning uses between 5 and ten percent of your ink cart's, if any are low on ink, have some new ones ready.
If you need to know how to do head cleans & nozzle checks, the user guide can be downloaded from Epson here: http://esupport.epson-europe.com/ProductHome.aspx?lng=en-GB&data=wsMoc1iChVFHuU002FlmukU002FlwLFmittYG0bE9gMlZoUifYkU003D
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You have the classic single nozzle failure it appears. You say you have done a nozzle check. This should reveal that one of the black nozzles is not working i.e. there is a single gap in your nozzle check printout for the black nozzles. Now, this may be due to a blocked nozzle. Try the following print head soak process.
Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head moves pull the power cord out of the back, or turn the printer off at the mains. You may now carefully move the print head by hand over to the left hand side out of the way. Look inside the print head parking area on the right and you will see a small rubber cup that comes up to cover the print nozzles when the head is parked (to stop it drying out). Use a syringe or dropper to fill this cup with head cleaning fluid or distilled water. DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Carefully push the print head fully into its parking position so that the cup full of fluid comes up over the print head. Leave this for at least 24 hours, then try a head clean again. If still nothing, report back