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Stopped up again

I've had 6600's for over 2 years and have owned 3. They all were working fine until the nozzles quit without warning. I've tried using the head cleaning utility,to no avail. The first two were replaced by Epson, now I'm out of warranty. Am I only one that has had this problem?

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Ok i had the same problem, so. i opened the all in 1 printer. and then i pulled the ink things out and then i cleaned the little holes that the ink goes around. and then when i went to put the ink back in i noticed that the black ink had a problem! the tab that held it in got bent some how? so. i just put all new ink in and it fixed the problem!!!! that easy! it ran thou it's cycle and that is called (charging) it will say chargeing on the printer, that is when it is chargeing. so if you are having these problems- try doing this.


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How did you found about the clogged drain tube? Can you tell me how to get there?

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Ran into the same problem after 2 sets of ink changes. Printer made all the sounds of printing but only blank pages. Cleaned the nozzels with cleaning solution.(They wern't clogged). After reading all the posts on the internet about this problem put the printer in the garbage can Saturday and ordered a Brother laser printer from COMPUSA. Thought about the problem and decieded to try one more time to repair. I found the ink drain tube was clogged from the tray to the first connection. WHAT THAT HAS TO DO WITH ANYTHING IS BEYOND ME. I removed it and ran a tiny wire through it. Reassembled everything and printer is working fine again. You may want to check that tube.

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