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Refillable ink cartridge problems with Epson R285 printer

I have a Refillable Ink Cartridge System which my Epson R285 printer is having seversl problems with:

1) Often fails to recognise that a newly filled cartridge has been inserted.

2) Is failing to recognise the correct collouration or images being printed ie, blue is more like purple, red is like orange, yellow hardly shows, etc.

3) Fine detail is missing from prints, which look rather bland.

Any help would be grestly appreciated.

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  • blayney19 Jan 20, 2009

    Dear visualverses - Thanks for the response.



    After further exhaustive testing, it finally became apparent that it was the ink I'd been sold that was causing the problem.

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1. Check the ports that the cartridge sits on. Compare the ports of two of the cartridges. Look for anything that might on the outside of the port that is different from the one that seats properly. If you are skilled with a light touch, use a wooden toothpick to remove the offending particles. Be gentle, don't scratch the plastic. If you have a heavy hand, take it in for service.

2. Hopefully this is just a dirty print head, Acts like empty cartridges which are now refilled, run the Epson Test page and the print head cleaning routine. This might take two, three runs to clear up. Keep printing the test page until the each cartridge's color section prints without streaks.

3. Symptoms of wrong paper type, mismatch with printer settings or dirty print head. Remove issue 2 first.

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