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Black ink print failure after cartridge replaced

Printer was working immediately prior to replacing print cartridge, although low on black ink to point where warning stated other colors would be combined to print document(this occured once and did not continue to use printer in this condition - concerned about air getting in port). Changed to new cartridge and recognized black cartridge as full, but does not print black ink and does not test black ink, despite multiple head cleanings and replacing with another new ink cartridge. All previous replacement cartridges have been Epson or Lenox for 2 year life of printer (no cheap ink used) and no previous problems to date.

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  • Don Edgerly Jan 21, 2007

    Very helpful advice. No luck so far with the less invasive suggestions. I'm moving up to use of the syringe. Are we talking about injecting 0.1-0.2ml or more? If this leaks out of the nozzle, how best to keep from making a mess and contaminating subsequent printing jobs with residual ink? It seems that if professional repair is not cost effective, then I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by being as aggressive/risky as necessary to fix this problem. So if you have any other suggestions I would be willing to hear them. Thanks.

  • Anonymous Nov 17, 2008

    I have a Kodak and grandfather has Lexmark both doing the same thing after we changed the black ink. have rebooted, cleaned, alligned, replaced.. and adjusted settings. still no black ink.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    my epson 9880 printer shows no ink and will not print even with new epson cartridge

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    ink still full but machine says cartridge empty

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    used printer 2 days ago worked great.pressed copy today and will not print

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    ink cartridges all full.

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Here is also a comprehensive guide on what to do when this happens again in the future:
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The Edge, -Clean the electrical contacts on the printer where the cartridge connects with alcohol. After it dries clean the same contacts with a regular pink, non-abrasive pencil eraser making sure you remove all the debris when done. -Its also possible there is an air bubble preventing the flow of ink. You can try inserting a full cartridge of ink in the printer and letting it sit overnight then running a nozzle clean job or two. Another alternative if you have a syringe you may want to try gently forcing ink into it. If you?re really desperate you can try drilling a small hole into the cartridge to give gravity feeding a hand. BE WARNED the air hole will let ink flow pretty well and you run the chance of making a mess. Before you pull the cartridge out of the printer make sure you cover the hole with tape so the ink doesn?t make even more mess. -Check the cartridge alignment making sure the contacts are mating to the printer. -If it still doesn?t work I would try cleaning your nozzles. Even though I doubt you have clogged nozzles its worth a try because of the following: If you search the Internet you?ll find that this specific model is know for failing to print some or all colors after about 1 ½ to 2 years of use, even with Epson inks. Most of the posts I?ve seen blame it on clogged nozzles but I suspect a good number of them, like yours, have another explanation for their failure. Ink jet printers use resistors to create heat to create a bubble in the ink to eject it out of the nozzle (Bubble jet) or in the case of Epson, vibrating crystals push ink into and out of the nozzles (piezoelectric). We?ve already cleaned the electrical contacts and cleaned the nozzles so what remain are defective nozzles, short between the nozzle and the controller board or a defective controller board. Since the printer is only worth 1 or 2 hundred dollars repairs at a shop or buying these repair parts can easily exceed ½ its cost. Hope something here works for you, I just recently had to toss a great printer too. Let us know what happens and please don?t forget to rate the posting.

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  • tomj23 Jan 22, 2007

    I've had sucess in the past using wadded up paper towles to absorb excess ink. As far as how much to inject goes it shouldn't take too much, its either going to work or not. I did this once but I was able to remove the print head so it didn't make any difference how much leaked out to me.

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