Question about Epson Stylus Photo 915 InkJet Printer
Hi I have an unknown printer error with my printer. Both the processing light and the maintenance button are on (not flashing). This means I can't get the printer to clean the print heads and when it does print there's no magenta to the print-outs. The colour ink is showing low so I've ordered some more but not sure if there's something else I should be trying in the meantime. Thanks Sarah
I would recommend cleaning the contacts (brass colored connections) with an eraser if might resolve the issue. It that does not resolve the issue it might be one of two other things. Either the printhead is cloged or the cable to the printerhead is damaged.
Posted on Mar 07, 2008
Print first a nozzle check pattern, self test which they say. Check your manual for your printer, it should be accessible from that if you dont have any manual, go to the epson website and download a manual. Usually the self test would go like this.
While the printer is turned off, you press and hold down the paper feed button, continue holding it down while turning on the printer. It will print the nozzle check pattern standalone. If you see all the colors then the issue your having is a color management issue, if you do not see the cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light magenta and light cyan from that test; then you will need to do 3 consecutive times of Head Cleaning from the maintenance program in your computer. If you have a windows xp it goes like this.
Click on start go to control panel - printers and faxes -
you right click on your printer icon and select printing prefrences. From there, go to maintenance tab and click head cleaning, go through that cycle 3 consecutive times and see if it improved. Good luck....
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
SOURCE: Epson C66 problem
Without the benefit of a response from any of rickyostrom, liusgarciaca, or hotdog233311, I think we can say the problem lies with the fact that your magenta cartridge isn't printing. You can confirm this by carrying out a nozzle check print.
If any of you would like further assistance in restoring your magenta to working condition, please do a new post to this effect.
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
You probably have a slowly worsening clog building up in the Magenta nozzles. It's also possible that your ink is reaching its end of life which, given the age of the C86 is entirely possible, especially if you are refilling or using a CIS sytem with your printer.
If it's a clog issue you can try soaking the parking pad with a mildly ammoniated cleaning solution (original Ammonia windex is good for this) or even distilled water. Leaving this with the printhead parked above it allows the solution to wick up into the nozzles and break down any clogs in the printhead.
If the problem is ink age though you will probably want to carry out the solution above AND replace your ink with a fresh solution. A CIS will need a thorough flush to remove any algae and cloggation residues before you use it again or you will just reintroduce the problem.
Hope that helps.
Posted on May 28, 2009
SOURCE: Printing one colour.
Given the age of the C87 it's likely that you haven't used this printer in a while and/or it's just slowly become clogged over time.
The ink in the C8x series printers is a resin based pigment ink which is very prone to clogging so it's not exactly unusual.
The best way to resolve this is to follow this procedure:
The way this works is that cleaning solution is able to wick up into the printhead nozzles and break down the clog. However it does take time to do this, hence the "be patient" bit :-). Distilled water is not recommended for this printer as the ink is not a water based type so a proper cleaning solution will work much more effectively.
Using this technique I've been able to recover CX6600, C84 and numerous other printers that have been completely clogged and unused for years so it does work.
Hope that helps.
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
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