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I have two computers, both of which cannot print on my printer when it printed fine before

I have an Epson Stylus C82 printer and have used it for a long time. I replaced three of the four cartridges recently and can only get print response from the one not replaced. It is a color so only get response on it when on color print setting. I have gone through the mfgr trouble shooting to no avail. Any ideas? I am not wanting to invest in a new printer if not needed.

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  • jim deforest Apr 01, 2007

    follow up to this: I have not messed with the green chip in the cartridges.

  • jim deforest Apr 03, 2007

    thanks for the try Inky I have gone through all the obvious but still think something simple is involved.....still looking but soon to give up and invest in a new printor :o(

  • jim deforest Apr 16, 2007

    here is an update: using the very complete solution I got from INKY I was able to get one more color but still no black. I have about used up the ink but it did clear up and gave me another color. W/o black it is a problem though.



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Hi all, pretty good detailed step by step Inky, my compliments. If I may add, you might also want to try the SSC Service Utility downloadable from

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Hey Confuzed1 Just a simple to start you off. If you are using those horrible compatible cartridges instead of the genuine ones, check taht you have torn off any strips of plastic that need to be removed to uncover the air holes. If not the ink can not get out of the carts. If you have removed the strips or are using the genuine carts, it may be that you have a split in the tube that runs from the pump cap or that the pipe that deposits ink to the waste pads is blocked. Both of these errors usually result in a total loss of print. Have you ran the head clean function?

Posted on Apr 02, 2007

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    Inky Fingers Apr 09, 2007

    Hey Confuzed

    Shall we try a manual head clean on your machine?

    Here goes. This is a copy of post I did relating to a C64 but the principle is the same:

    You can do a manual cleaning using some kitchen paper and a little solvent and a small plastic bag.

    The first thing we need to do is get the head away from its parking position. Switch on the machine and when the head has moved away from its park position, remove the power lead.

    With the top of the machine open, you should be able to move the print head carriage by hand.

    Look to the right where the head carriage is normally parked and you should see the pump cap area. It will be a black looking spongy pad covered in ink.

    Now take a piece of kitchen paper and fold it over a couple times to make a pad approx 3"x1". Now lay this pad over the top of the pump cap and fold the left edge down toward the base of the machine as in image one (the tissue is the yellow bit in the image)

    Now take a syringe or similar and put some solvent into it. The solvent I use is JR Ink Jet Cartridge flush as seen on eBay and the like. If you have any ammoniated window cleaner like Windex you can use this. Put the solvent onto the tissue making it quite damp, but not totally soaked.

    Manually move the print head GENTLY back to its park position. The pump cap will try to raise up to meet the bottom of the print head as you move it back. Be careful no to force it or you may break something.

    What we are trying to do is bring the solvent dampened pad into contact with the print head. Once located, leave the pad for anything from 5 or 10 minutes to 24 hours whilst the solvent does its trick.

    Now move the head away from park - again being gentle. You should now see the pad is a horrible black lump of mush. Pick it out and put it in the plastic bag ? where a glove or use tweezers or pliers.

    Repeat the process again but this time let it to soak for just about few minutes. You should now see the individual ink colours soaking into the pad. If the pad is still black, repeat the process a couple more times.

    Once you have some evidence of the individual colours you can run a head clean via the driver or printer control panel.

    Then print a nozzle check sheet and if all has gone according to plan you should have a full complement of lines.

    This method is applicable ONLY for loss of a few lines on the nozzle check sheet. If you have loss of all the lines in a single or multiple colours, you need to investigate further. It is possible that the pump has failed, the pipes are clogged or something else is causing the problem.

    If that does not sort it out, try using a syringe to put a couple of drops of solvent into the wick. That is the black plastic spike that sticks up and goes into the bottom of the ink cart when it is installed. Put a couple of drops in, put the cart back in and leave it for about 10 minutes. Then re-try 2 or 3 head cleans using the driver/status monitor.

    There is another possibility after this which relates to a hardware problem but this generally causes a loss of all ink. If you think this may be relevant to you try the documents available from

    If you need a service manual for this machine, get in touch with the folks over at



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