Question about Epson Office Equipment & Supplies
Poor color printing due to clogged printer head. After three times of normal cleaning the print check lines were still broken. then forth time applied for power cleaning. while cleaning process the red light started blinking and it could not stop. no printing job can be done due to blinking red light. How could i solve this?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I had the same problem. It is most likely that your print head nozzles are clogged. Your choices are to attempt to manually clean them, or order a new print head from Canon.
Attempt the manual cleaning at your own risk, this doesn't always work. When it does not work, it means your print head is damaged.
To maually clean the print head. Printer cover up (so you can get to the cartridges and print head). Turn the Printer Off. Remove all the cartridges (I put each cartridge in a separate zip lock bag). Then flip up the lever and remove the print head.
Now heat (don't boil) distilled water (Iused a good sized cook pan and a plastic measuring cup to pour the water). Find a container you can soak the print head in (I used a deep alluminum baking pan). Pour the hot (not boiling) distilled water over the print head molding where the cartridges seat down (hold the printhead over your diposable alluminum pan). Then dunk the molded print head part into the pan numerous times. When the water gets dark change it (be carefuill not to stain the sink). Then slowly pour the hot distilled over the print head (opposite side from where the cartidges seat in). Eventually no ink will be in the water. Set the print head on a dry paper towel, and let it dry for 24 hours or longer. Reinstall the print head, then the catridges. If it worked, your true colors will return. It make take up to 15-20 photos to get all the ink catridges flowing-be patient. You can also just wait 24 hours after re-installing the cartridges, and hopefully it will take less photos to see the correct color match.
Never keep printing when a cartridge is low or out.
Print a few prints every week. Not printing for weeks causes the printheead and the ink flow to clog!
Good luck. I just recovered my S820 and my i900D using the above cleaning method. Like everything else, your mileage may vary! It cost me $1.29 for distilled water and about an hours worth of time!
Posted on Oct 20, 2008
Hi Stev, First I know this is going to sound strange but have you disconnected the printer cable from the printer itself? (not the computer) If not try unplugging both the parallel and power cables for 30 seconds, then when you reconnect and power up hit the resume button. I've seen problems in the past where a job was killed like that and the printer would not work until the parallel cable was removed from the printer. The light pattern you describe, resume light blinking with the power light on, can mean any one of the following things on that model HP. 1. Top cover is open. Open the top and make sure there is nothing keeping the cover from closing all the way. Don't forget to check the underside of the cover for something stuck to it. Close the top cover. 2. A print cartridge is missing or an incorrect print cartridge is installed. Install the correct print cartridge. AND/OR Verify that the print cartridge is properly snapped into place. Close the top cover. 3. Printer detects an out-of-media condition. Load media in the lower (IN) tray and press the Resume button. 4. Media is improperly loaded. Remove media from the IN tray, re-square the stack, and reload. Make sure that the media-width adjuster and media-length adjuster are against the stack of media. Make sure that media is not buckled in the IN tray. Verify that the media-width adjuster is along the left edge of the tray and is pushing the right edge of the media against the right wall. 5. The printer timed out waiting for a form-feed command. Press the Resume button. The page will eject from the upper (OUT) tray. 6. Printer detects out-of-ink condition. Replace the print cartridge and press the Resume button. 7. Dirty Cartridge Contacts Use a clean foam-rubber swab or lint-free cloth slightly dampened with water. (Distilled water is recommended. Tap water might contain contaminates that could damage the cartridge.) Locate the copper-colored circuitry strip on the back of the cartridge. Clean the copper-colored strip with the dampened swab or cloth. Do not wipe the nozzle end of the cartridge or touch the silver-colored nozzle plate on the bottom of the cartridge. Unplug the power cord from the printer. Clean the carriage contacts on the back wall of the ink cartridge carriage with a damp foam-rubber swab or lint-free cloth. Use a dry foam-rubber swab or lint-free cloth to remove the moisture from the contacts. If the carriage contacts show noticeable damage, contact the HP Customer Support Center listed in the printer's User's Guide. Plug the printer back in and try printing again. 8. Printer detects paper in the paper path. Turn the printer off and open the top cover. Make sure that paper is not jammed in the printer. Lift the right black rectangular paper sensor (located in the middle of the printer just below the silver rod on which the cartridge carriage slides) and make sure that nothing is stuck under the paper sensor, perhaps by blowing under the sensor. Close the top cover and turn the printer on. Try printing again. If none of this helps let me know and I'll see what else I can dig up on the problem. El Duderino
Posted on Nov 17, 2006
SOURCE: missing dot in all colors
Yes your print head is clogged, Ive tried a few times to refurb these particular heads with very poor results, we change them under warranty but not worth while otherwise,(150aus$) 90% of print quality faults I see I can put down to inferior ink being used threw mechanisms. There is also a power purge in service mode that pumps 1/3 of each ink cartridge threw machine and dumps it but it fails to repair missing dots most times too. Ive also seen people with nothing but the best ink used get long life out of machine, In my eyes it is cut and dry with recycle products there is a cost in the savings, Inks have many different thickness, stability's and flow charactistics more than just pigment or dye being the issues causing problems blocking microscopic little holes. Yes there is a limit to cleaning cycles it is called the waste ink counter, it stops machines function eventully before overfilling of the waste ink pads occur, I usally see the print head dead before this occurs otherwise it is a very cheap new waste box replacement and waste counter reset im not sure of life in pages they count it in dots produced
Yes your print head is clogged,
Ive tried a few times to refurb these particular heads with very poor results, we change them under warranty but not worth while otherwise,(150aus$) 90% of print quality faults I see I can put down to inferior ink being used threw mechanisms. There is also a power purge in service mode that pumps 1/3 of each ink cartridge threw machine and dumps it but it fails to repair missing dots most times too.
Ive also seen people with nothing but the best ink used get long life out of machine, In my eyes it is cut and dry with recycle products there is a cost in the savings,
Inks have many different thickness, stability's and flow charactistics more than just pigment or dye being the issues causing problems blocking microscopic little holes.
Yes there is a limit to cleaning cycles it is called the waste ink counter, it stops machines function eventully before overfilling of the waste ink pads occur, I usally see the print head dead before this occurs otherwise it is a very cheap new waste box replacement and waste counter reset im not sure of life in pages they count it in dots produced
Posted on Oct 17, 2007
SOURCE: Lines on prints
Hi kids! I decided to have another go at sorting out my 'lines' problem and have sorted it. See if this might work for you: I had previously done the head cleaning via the printer itself - holding the central ink/paper black button for 3 secs. This time I went to the Epson 1290 window on my Mac and clicked on the utility box. Though the Nozzle check print came out fine I went ahead and did the head cleaning in this box. The next print came out almost perfect so I ran the Head cleaning again and it printed a perfect print. Hope this might work for you. Keep on trying! All the best. Trant
Posted on Mar 28, 2008
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