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Too frequenet auto ink recharging

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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  • bjpeedle Nov 27, 2008

    I cannot finf the ink recalibration facility. It isn't included on the driver disc that I can find. Please note that I am UK based.

  • bjpeedle Nov 27, 2008

    The cartridges at present in the printer are between 1 and 30 days old. It is the printer not the cartridfes that is 18 months old

  • bjpeedle Nov 27, 2008

    There may have been a loose fitting cartridge. The printer appears to be functioning correctly now, thank you. One additional problem: To save ink I sometimes use the 'draft' option for printing, however, it is very faint. Is there a way of increasing the density slightly please?

  • bjpeedle Nov 28, 2008

    Many thanks for your help



    Brian Peedle

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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.
Possibilities:
  • 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.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008

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    Louie Role Nov 27, 2008

    Glad to be of assistance and appreciate the rating.

    As the name implies, "Draft" copy level/density are pre-determined by the manufacturer, Epson in this case. To my understanding, the level/density is embedded in the firmware of the printer. There are no user settings that can change this.

    An alternative, when intending to print Draft, set font color to light gray. Assuming you are using MS Word, there would be several level of gray and you can settle on one to your preference.

    Cheers.


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    Louie Role Nov 27, 2008

    To qualify my previous post "An alternative, when intending to print Draft print normally but set font color to light
    gray. Assuming you are using MS Word, there would be several level of
    gray and you can settle on one to your preference.
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Cartridges gone dried if the consumption is low. although 18 months is a huge time. if u could not afford new cartridges re-fill them.

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Sir try to calibrate the ink by using calibration utility which is included on the CD driver from printer's box. This might help you and your printer.

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