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Is there a way to remove the print head for cleaning? This printer had been sitting for quite sometime; thusly it had probably dried quite a bit...

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    printer has not been use for long time



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Can you let me know what you have tried. Have you tried a cleaning cycle? If not, try one. Now run a nozzle check using the status monitor (right click the little printer icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select nozzle check). Is there any sign of ink on the paper. Try up to three cleaning cycles. If ink is now flowing, but not yet perfectly, don't carry out any more cleaning cycles. Just leave the printer for 24 hours (to allow any air in the print head to disperse). Then repeat the cleaning cycle/wait process. It may take a while to restore a perfect nozzle check print.

If these actions produce no positive results, or you have any queries about my advice, please report back with a new comment.

If this advice has been of help, please rate it.

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If the overnight cleaning still does not work, there may be a layer of thick ink that is blocking the holes of the printer's head. The next option is to manually clean the printer head. Follow these steps:

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* For models where the print head is in the printer, drop 7 to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol (91% denatured isopropyl alcohol - not 'rubbing' alcohol) down the ink receptacle area where the ink actually flows from the cartridge into the head. Run a few self-cleaning utilities. If possible, allow the printer to sit a few hours or overnight and repeat the self-cleaning utility.
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Another possible cause is that the print head is becoming worn. Dot matrix printers use tiny solenoids to pus a pin forward against the ribbon. this happens many thousands of times over the printers life.

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Yet another cause is clogging of the head. Quite a few years ago people use to use such as WD40 to extend the ribbon life and to some degree this worked but had a negative effect on the head. To much ink and moisture can clog those tiny solenoids or build up around them.

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