Epson RX600 will not scan or nuthin' with empty ink cartridges
I'm not able to use any function of this ink drinking hog unless all of the ink cartridges have some ink in them. I rarely use any color printing but the ink in them seems to evaporate.When it quits working due to a "empty" color,,I replace it and the "empty" cartridge still has ink in it!! I can't even scan anything to my computer when it says a color is out. At $60 plus to replace the ink,,I'm looking for a way to trick it into thinking the ink is all full. Would it be possible to short the contacts to the ink level sensor? I have saved the old cartridges to try this, I really just need a black ink printer but wanted the other features this one has. Thanks for any help Steve
Re: Epson RX600 will not scan or nuthin' with empty ink...
I cannot help about the Printing problem, because it seems it needs to have all the catridges with some ink to Print.But i can help you about the scan problem.I was having the same issue as you and gave up trying to print, but when i needed to scan i realized the printer didnt let me touch any of the buttons, repeating the same message "change catridge".If you use the EPSON SCAN application that comes with the printer, it lets you scan directly from the PC. It takes longer, dont know why, but at least it scans.I hope it helps.
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Check if there are no parts in the printer, making it impossible to close all lids, or can block free flow of the paper. Check if you have paper in the printer. Connect it to a computer to check if it gives an error.
The reason the service message pops up is that it is telling you that the waste ink pads are near the end of their service life and probably saturated with ink. You should still clean the waste ink pads or ink will eventually run out the bottom of your printer and create a big mess. If you do a Google search for something like "rx600 waste ink pads" there are some how-to discussions on doing this yourself. I'm going to clean mine later today.
They say it's not hard to do and you don't have to disassemble your printer, just use a toothpick or modified paperclip to remove the pads after you park the cartridges in their "replace ink cartridge" position and unplug the printer. A more detailed procedure can be found with the Google search.
You actually can scan documents when you dont have ink. Instead you will have to activate the scan function from the epson driver/program instead of pressing the scan button directly on the printer. I had the same problem and it took a while to figure out.
I don't think the Scanner neeeds a Cartridge to Scan a Document. You should be able to scan your Document even if your Tanks ran out of Ink. Just use the same process of scanning that you used so far and will be successful to scan the Document you're about to.
If you can't do anything regarding this, contact Vendor.
Here is a link to the Epson printer RX600 support page which has downloads of latest printer drivers for your unit. Did you remove any type of protective material that may be on the cartridge before installation?
Are ya sure it isn't only preventing scanning direct to printer
output? Is it also disallowing scanning to file?
Epson printers can´t operate if one of the cartridges is empty. There is no workaround for that.
Epson printers actually use a LITTLE ink from
ALL the color carts, even when you select "black only" in the driver. They do this to help keep the nozzles from clogging in the case of users who
mostly print in black. Nobody [besides perhaps Epson] ever claimed Epson printers were the most efficient or environmentally-friendly ones in the world.
for quite a while now Epson uses piezoelectric printheads, as opposed to the thermal heads used on most other printers. The enemy of piezo heads is air bubbles. They candamage the costly head, and that's why you cannot continue to use the
printer if ANY individual cartridge runs out of ink.
In fact, Epson designed its cartridges to signal "empty" when there's still around 15% (higher by some estimates) ink left! That's to make certain you can't run the cart completely dry and thereby introduce air into the head.
If you don't believe that, carefully open up a spent cartridge over a sink, slice open the plastic film covering the various ink channels and rinse it out -- repeatedly push in the spring loaded outlet valve as well. There's so much ink left, it will take quite a while before the water begins to clear!
It's incredibly wasteful and annoying, but it actually saves money in the long run, because it's even MORE wasteful to run tons of cleaning cycles just to purge the head once you've gotten air in the system.
Aftermarket carts and ink can save lots of money, but they're a crap shoot.
Fed up with OEM price gouging and scare tactics, I decided to try a
clear-cartridge refill kit for my R200. The RX600 uses the same kit: