Question about Epson WorkForce 600 All-In-One InkJet Printer
Multiple head cleanings and nozzle checks. Replaced all ink cartridges. Test sheets print fine, but defects show up in real world printing.
Your print heads may be clean, but it sounds like there is either a gouge in the heads one of the other components that touches the paper (transfer roller, imaging drum, whatever is on this model).
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
None of these answers are accurate. I know precisely what your problem is, and you aren't going to like what I have to say. What you are experiencing will happen eventually to every Epson printer and there is nothing you can do about it other than to buy a new printer. I have an Epson Stylus Photo 895 ( a 500 dollar printer in its day), which has the same issue. I am just waiting for my ink cartridges to run out in order to buy a new one.
Endless research on google has turned up that there is no solution to this problem. The issue you are having is with the Epson print head, which uses piezo technology. What that means is that unlike HP or Canon printers which are thermal, piezo uses a small piezoelectrical cell to force ink out of the chamber. It has advantages over thermal in that thermal requires a precise temperature to get ink on the page (what actually happens is that ink is heated, it forms a bubble, and the bubble bursts onto the page, hence the name BubbleJet). Therefore, the ink has to have fairly precise thermal ink properties making it more expensive to manufacture. Also, the ink on a BubbleJet (or HP) is wetter when it hits the page, and since the ink is heat resistant or order to properly form the bubble, the printer needs to incorporate a fast drying technology which consumes more energy. The massive advantage of thermal is that the print head is on the cartridge, not on the printer itself; change your cartridges, get a brand new print head. It makes cartridges more expensive, but reduces problems such as what you are experiencing.
Piezo on the other hand, always shoot ink through the same print head. Once the head become damaged over time, the piezoelectric cell is no longer accurately pushing out the ink, and there is nothing you can do about it. If you are lucky, it is only dried ink in the print head, but I can almost guarantee you that it is not. Dried ink can be cleaned by repeated head cleanings, even manual ones involving rubbing alcohol. However, I know that those pink lines are caused by the deterioration of the cell, and cannot be fixed. If if were only dried ink, you wouldn't be limited to just pink lines on the page, you would see other colours. If the cell is not doing its job, the lines are always pink (often called magenta when you google this problem). The solution is to acquire a new print head. Unfortunately, the cost of replacing an Epson print head is IDENTICAL to the cost of a new Epson printer.
So basically you have no choice, you need to buy a new printer. Were I you, I would purchase a new thermal inkjet printer so that you get a new print head with every cartridge. Look around before you buy to find out exactly how much the cartridges will cost, and then you will know which brand to buy. Although piezo *can* make for a cheaper printer at the outset, Epson simply charged what HP and Canon do for their replacement cartridges because that is what people are used to paying, but you really do get more in a thermal inkjet catridge.
Sorry for the bad news,
Posted on Oct 25, 2007
Sometimes there is a coating on the chips (even original epson ones!) - Old wives tales say dont touch the chips with your fingers - but take the carts out one by one and wipe your finger over the chips (1 finger for one chip - dont reuse the same finger on a different chip)
Reinstall them and that worked for me on a dx4500 with original epson carts in
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
Don't use nozzles clean function, besides ink consuming it can cause damages that cannot be fixed: black lines on the back side of the page that will be permanent. Instead put two photo paper together (2x260 gr) and push the two papers together into the printer while printing a motive including many colors. Do so a couple of times and the clogg usually disappears. Good luck! jonk
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
Usage of compatible ink and leave the printer idle too long may cause printhead clogging
What should you do if you get this problem. Relax; you may recover the printhead by unclogging it. Follow these steps to unclog the printhead
1. Right click in the printer driver name
2. Select Properties menu
3. Click Maintenance tab
4. Click on cleaning sign for regular cleaning. Perform this up to 3 times.
5. If this does not work, perform Deep Cleaning
And if that not work
Some times it needs a good clean up but this is up to you if you want to do this,
But after you done this prime the printer so it gets the inks back in the heads, it may take a little time for the inks to work.
There is fluid cleaner for this but I can never find any in the shops the only ones I seen is when they sell them in Tesco but they come in with the ink refill bottles so I just use worm water by it self on a cloth and dabbing on the heads to clean them, it will not harm the heads but not to much water.
Some heads are on the inks them self but some have them inside the printer so I not know your printer so if the heads are inside you need to get them out you may find that some heads will just clip out put some need to be unscrewed so you got to know how they come out so be careful and not push to hard on them, if the heads are on the ink then it is a easy job to clean them,
It worth a try it worked for me more than ones.
Please all I ask is call back and just gave a vote, it will gave me some satisfaction to know am helping some one, so I will keep on helping.
All The Best: Pineworks
Posted on Apr 25, 2010
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