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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If your black cartridge was empty for any length of time before you replaced it, even if it was still installed in the printer, chances are that the black print head nozzle has dried ink in it. Cleaning may or may not resolve the problem, but cleaning also uses obscene amounts of ink. Epson printers are notorious for clogs since they have some of the smallest print head nozzle sizes (thus their high dpi resolution).
There are some Youtube videos that suggest ways to clean severely clogged Epson print heads. I cannot vouch for them as I have never tried them, but you can view them and decide for yourself.
hi Anthony, i spent a month trying to figure out a similar problem with an epson 2200. Now, the printers are different but not that much, and, the changes in paper and ink gave me "some" color issues but not as bad as what i was getting. your problem seems very similar. i run a PC so this is similar but not exactly the same. what i found was that a Magenta/ violet cast was due to double profiling. I could verify that i had the correct settings but i was wrong! I print from CS3 into the epson 2200. What i found was there is an error(no one is talking about) in the printer driver. You cannot shut off the color management completely! Assume this scenario, you are printing with CS3 applying your profile in CS3. Make the settings in CS3 as normal, then you are directed to the printer settings. Go to the print driver and make the selections for ICM Color, and select "no color". The KEY is to make sure you do this step LAST , make sure to click on the "apply" button, then "Close". Once you make the selection of "No Color" do NOT click on anything else. If you change screens in the print driver once you select "no color mgmt" the driver CHANGES your settings. ANY settings in the other pages in the print driver cause the driver to apply a printer profile, this effectively "double profiles" your photo print causing the magenta cast. None of this should happen if the driver was created correctly but there it is! It took a long time to test and verify but it is as i stated. Once i got it sorted out my photos are excellent ALL the time. Good luck, worm1855.
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
Your print head probably has crusted ink on it, as the heads are built into Epsons. If you have tried cleaning, deep cleaning, and then priming (the last 2 aren't available on all Epsons), and it is still banding, you have 2 options:
Disassemble the printer and soak the head in alcohol and hope it works
get a new printer.
Heads on an Epson are too expensive to bother swapping out.
I find the best way to clean the heads is buy some cleaning cartridges as they have cleaning fluid in them and use them to clean it will take about 10 or more times to clean the heads then put the color ones back in and try again.
Just keep putting it on clean the head don't do a print out till at lest you have cleaned 10 or more times.