Epson DX 5050 all in one printer. When I switched on the printer it started run its recharging programme. after a couple of copies it required the yellow ink cartridge to be changed. It then ran a recharge cycle as usual but then when I asked it to print another document it ran the recharge cycle again. Now it needs to black cartridge to be changed! Any help would be appreciated, it is costing so much in ink and I have only used genuine Epson cartridges. The printer is less than 18 months old and is used for home use only. Print quality remains excellent. I have a PC running Windows XP.
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Re: Too frequenet auto ink recharging
Hi and welcome to FixYa,
To my knowledge, there would be only three (3) instances when the ink charging system would be activated, they would be:
when a cartridge is replaced; and/or
when the cleaning process is manually triggered; and/or
when the printer is powered on.
Since you did not post that you cleaned as well, the the printer erroneously sensed that another cartridge was replaced (after the yellow) and self-initiated the recharging. Assuming this to be a possibility, then perhaps you may want to check that the ink cartridges are fully and snugly fitted to their cradle/holder. There might be a loose ink cartridge holder/cradle and the the ink cartridge is being jarred out of position/contact hence the false triggering;
another possibility would be a loose AC plug or connection to the mains. Unnoticed the printer may be cycling ON/OFF and then again requiring a re-charging.
other than the above, there are no other ways to defeat this as it is a feature and built-in to the firmware of the printer.
Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.
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Epson has gone to great pains to ensure that third-party cartridges dont work. They really did a good job. Sometimes their printers wont even recognize genuine Epson cartridges. I saw a CX8400 with a brand new cartridge claim it was out of cyan ink after printing one 4 x 6 photo. Then it would recognize any cyan cartridge. It had to go back to Epson for replacement.
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Activate epson status monitor, if ink reach ink out, the message will appear. Then follow "How to..." Manually, turn on printer, and unplug power while carriage moving. Then move carriage by hand to replacement position. Replace ink tank, turn on printer.
If ink cartridge Unrecognizable, there are two posibilities : Chip Error at ink tank, or printer error. For chip error, try to plug the ink tank to another printer (same type). If the ink tank recognized by other printer, so the problem is printer. So ; 1. Check chip conector at head carriage. 2. Check the wiring of the head, and chip. If two point above is ok, the last action is check the power supply and board. It may be epprom is damage.
It sounds like you have incompatible cartridges for your printer... Some folks have reported that disabling the Status monitor and turning the printer off/on, plus rebooting the computer can solve this but that's just something I've heard.
You may want to double check with the ink supplier that they have provided the correct cartridges for your DX rather than a CX model.
I have an Epson dx 7450 scanner printer that will not accept non epson so called compatibles .Anyone found a solution ? I've tried a number of manufactuers and they all don't work . I really don't want to fork out for epson inks ?
You must surely have sorted this one out by now Doris! However, if you haven't, how to change print cartridges on a
DX7450 is very clearly explained in the user handbook (on the CD that
came with your printer). Insert the CD and select "Custom Install" then "Users Guide". Once its installed, double click the new Epson Icon on your screen and selct "Printing" then "Replacing Ink Cartridges". If you don't have a CD, download the User's Guide from the Epson website at http://www.epson.com - just choose your locale, then select Get Drivers and Support - Printers.