Before I purchase new ink cartridges, I want to know if the printer head is ruined and whether I should just get a new printer. I want to be able to install pigmented ink and am not even sure if this type ink is available for this printer. any suggestions?
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Re: ink is completely out. have I ruined my printer?
Just running out of ink won't ruin the heads so you're okay there. As for using pigmented ink, I wasn't able to find anything that says yea or nay so can't provide a definitive answer. Maybe someone else knows for sure but I won't buffalo you. I'm curious to find out though.
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Could have ruined the head from not proper cooling from the ink supply.
Try to clean the head using 8 oz. hot water (preferably distilled) and 1 oz. ammonia.
Make sure the intake ports are submerged for 30=45 minutes. Dry the head completely and re-install.
Gently tap the PGI5 BLK on a towel and make sure ink comes out.
If so do a deep clean and a head alignment page.
If nopt you may need a print head that I can supply.
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Are you sure its exclamation mark?.. This warning message related to print head. (warn out). When you are replacing ink tube assembly use dummy print heads to do the priming (new ink tubes are empty & they have to fill with ink).. Action: Remove all cartridges and print heads, switch on the printer follow the screen message.(Insert cartridges first next dummy print heads).once its recognizes cartridges then it switch over to print heads,insert dummy print heads. Once printer recognized the dummy print heads, printer will perform priming, during priming dummy print heads will filled with respective inks.(follow the display message)Remove dummy print heads & insert normal print heads. Wait till printer recognizes print heads, load the paper & wait till performs the calibration, once calibration is successfully done issue closed. If calibration not successfully done, check align print out for which print head is not printed properly, replace it.. Pl ensure that minimum 50% ink levels required in cartridges before performing the priming. Best of luck..
You cannot test an Epson printer without both ink cartridges installed with a good supply of ink in them. All the printer will do is turn on the power. Nothing more. There is no way around this problem. They are built this way on purpose. The print heads in the printer can be ruined by allowing the printer to sit without ink cartridges in it. If you replace them, you might find that it no longer works depending on the amount of time it has sat without ink.
If you are considering purchasing a used printer that does not have any ink cartridges to test and see if it works, then all I can adivse is to be careful. You can get refilled cartridges from a company who sells them professionally for about 1/3 of the cost of brand new cartridges from a department store. Be careful using refilled cartridges though. It may void the printers warranty with Epson.
If the self-cleaning cycle does not solve the problem, try turning the
printer off overnight to allow the ink to soften. Turn the printer on
the next day and try printing a test pattern to see whether the problem
has either disappeared or become less noticeable. This ink-saving
procedure can work effectively because sometimes the dried ink on the
print head needs time to soften before the printer head can be cleaned
completely. Try running the self-cleaning utility again one or more
Steps for Manually Cleaning the Printer Head
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:
* Determine from the owner's manual where the print head is located.
* Remove the ink cartridge from your printer and then dip a cotton
swab in hot water or isopropyl alcohol and rub it against the print
head. This should loosen any crusted ink. NOTE: Be careful, especially
if you use isopropyl alcohol to clean your print heads: Some printers
use rubber gaskets, and if you get isopropyl alcohol on the gaskets it
could dry them out.
* 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.
* If the print head is in the cartridge, soak the cartridge print
head in hot water. Allow it to soak overnight. Dry the print head area
with a paper towel. Repeat the self-cleaning utility.
* If the hot water soak did not unclog the print head, place the
cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and allow it to soak
overnight. Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the print head area and
dry carefully. Try the self-cleaning utility again.
* If the alcohol soak did not unclog the print head in the cartridge
you may need to purchase a new cartridge. This will provide new print
heads that won't be clogged. Contact a service technician for repair of
print heads in the printer if the alcohol did not unclog the printer
It's just the way it's designed. It may seem stupid but by forcing you to replace the ink as soon as possible it minimises the chances that the printer heads will be ruined by dried out ink residues. Although duff heads can be replaced, it's usually more economical to replace the complete device.
Many other all-in-ones are the same, those which don't are usually those like most HP models where the printer head comes as an integral part of every new ink cartridge.
you can take the risk of using those "compatible ink cartridges." although i'm not a big fan of purchasing those because what happens is that it drains a lotta ink and somewhat blots my printouts. it can also stain the print head which most likely cause a problem printing in the future.
The CX series printers use a pigment based ink, and if it dries it frms a semi hard gooy substance on the printer ink input pins.
Sometimes after the insertion of new cartridges (Ensuring the yello tab is removed) and letting them sit overnight (to soften the ink blob) and running several cleaning cycles can unblock the ink "jam". Note: Epsons printer head need ink to cool them when printing (Sort of like oil in a car) so don;t try to print withot having ink flowing to the heads. It can also ruin the print head by overheating.
If all else fails there are several companies that sell inkjet cleaning solution. You may need a couple of cartridges to flush blocked jets but if will most likey work if the print head is still functional.
Otherwise, the technican is correct, you may need to purchase a new printer.
Note; For the future... Never let the ink run out of any cartridge without immediately replacing the cartridge. Never remove an empty cartridge without replacing it immediately.
Take out the Cartridge & get a new one if the problem persists then get the printer software reinstalled & if still it is not printing then clean up the cartridge head with cotton swabs dipped in hot water! This should clean the head & black will be on paper
DO THIS AS FINAL REFUGE If still its not working then there's some problem in the copper contact surface in the printer on the cradle so get a new Printer.
The problem that I have experienced with printers with the same problem is a dirty head. Get the instructions on the printer and it will tell you how to clean the head. If after cleaning, still does it then you need to purchase a new head for the machine. Dont be afraid to tear into it. printers are pretty simple. Ink and ink head. If it prints at all it seems to be a dirty head. or worn out.
Watch out using ink refills or off brands. Some inks are not very good quality ink and will ruin the head and void the warranty. Use the ink that the machine requests.
Staples or Office Depot carries several types of printer heads.