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Changed all ink cartridges, now only black and blue print

It has been about 1 1/2 years since i've used my Epson cx4600 printer and now that I have exchanged my ink cartridges only the black and blue work and barely. I'm am sure that these problems are happening due to the long amount of time it sat with no ink, but I am unsure how to solve my problem. I have done print test after print test and I have charged the ink cartridges many time's in hope's it might losen up any dried up ink. Still nothing. If there is anyone who can help me that would be great!

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Sounds like your printhead is clogged. Since it isn't removable on this printer the following is a last ditch somewhat messy possible fix.
Here is the procedure that got my CX4600 printer working again:

Symptoms: head cleaning made the test pattern get worse instead of better, until I got no test pattern at all.

1. Unscrew the service panel door on the back of the unit to expose the waste tubes.
2. The direction of flow is "down from the TOP tube, into the plastic elbow, out to the RIGHT tube that goes to the waste repository".
3. Disconnect the plastic elbow from both tubes.
4. Clean the elbow using a paper clip and peroxide until it is completely unclogged and clean.
5. Get a waste receptacle, such as a small cup or something to catch the ink, and place it under the TOP tube. You will probably have to aim the tube with your fingers or a pair of pliers into the cup. The waste is going to spray out, possibly spatter if the waste has become hardened in the tube, so make sure you're doing this somewhere that you can clean up easily.
6. With the waste tube aimed at the cup, hold down the "ink" button on the printer until the cleaning sequence starts. The sequence will take about 20 seconds and blow the tube out in spurts.
7. If stubborn, you can loosen the junk in the tube using some peroxide - it doesn't take more than a drop from the end of a q-tip to start eating away... give it a few seconds to work itself upwards into the tube. Massage the peroxide up the tube with your fingers for more effectiveness.
8. Run the cleaning cycle one or two times to make sure that there is either air or nice wet ink coming out, but no more solid waste.
9. Reassemble
10. Connect CX4600 back to your printer, and print a test pattern... perhaps one more cleaning... should be fine.

Also see this website:
http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/inkjet/23861

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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