I have an Epson 9800 that is a little more than 3 years old. It worked very well up to a couple of weeks ago. I do not print every day but at least once a week. The print quality went way down, showing tiny banding at high resolutions and the colors are off. i.e. I am getting green instead of deep black ect...When I ran a nozzle check, entire lines were missing in the first 2 or 3 colors. Muliple cleanings and a deep cleaning cycle did nothing to help. Just used a ton of inks and filled my maintenance tanks. On auto cleaning, it tries to clear the nozzles by running a few cycles then comes up with a frustrating cleaning error. How do I stop the bleeding!? I ran accross the Lyson cleaning cartridges product on the web and thought that I would run a supersonic deep cleaning cycle with those installed instead of my inks as I am dismayed by the amount of ink that is being wasted with no result!! Any advice or suggestions? Thank you in advance Ely
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Try to print the nozzle check, and see what your out put is like. If it is not giving you a regular pattern, then have the nozzle replaced. Most times when the nozzle is clogged with ink, you get such out-puts. So follow this steps. How to print the nozzle check:
1. Press the Setup button.
2. Use the arrow buttons to select Nozzle Check, then press the OK button.
3. Confirm the message on the display, then press the OK button to print the Nozzle Check. Shown below are some examples of what the nozzle check may look like.
If it hasn't printed anything for a couple of years then the print heads will be severely clogged with dried ink. Epson recommends printing a page or two every month to keep the heads clear. You need to try cleaning the print heads, its unlikely that one or two head cleans will clear a badly clogged nozzle. Try doing 4 or 5 head cleans, wait about 10 hours for the ink to soften and do another 3 or 4 cleans with a nozzle check after each. You should see a gradual improvement in the nozzle checks. If there is no improvement then you need a head cleaning solution such as this one: http://www.powerklin.co.uk/?gclid=CNGDypir-JgCFQ4yQgodZlC4lw
Others are available just try googling "inkjet head cleaning". Note that head cleaning uses between 5 and ten percent of your ink cart's, if any are low on ink, have some new ones ready.
If you need to know how to do head cleans & nozzle checks, the user guide can be downloaded from Epson here: http://esupport.epson-europe.com/ProductHome.aspx?lng=en-GB&data=wsMoc1iChVFHuU002FlmukU002FlwLFmittYG0bE9gMlZoUifYkU003D
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Leaving an inkjet for two weeks with an empty cartridge is a definite way to get clogged printheads. Try doing 4 to 5 head cleans, wait about 10 hours for the ink to soften and do another 3 or 4 cleans with anozzle check after each. You should see a gradual improvement in the nozzle checks. If there is no improvement then you need a head cleaning solution such as this one: http://www.powerklin.co.uk/?gclid=CNGDypir-JgCFQ4yQgodZlC4lw
Others are available just try googling "inkjet head cleaning".
Hope this helps.
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I have an Epson 4000 which I started using new in Sept 2004 and my magenta is clogged too. I've gone through 2 maintenance tanks trying to clear it, (and LOTS of ink), but the magenta is still blocked. I even tried this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NR8g4qUAJc trick but it didn't seem to work. I hope you have better luck.
You could run head cleaning from the driver a few times and see if the nozzles start to clear out. If you send it in for repair they run a solution through it that is supposed to clean it out. If the solution doesn't work the head is like a $400 part.
It's NOT a cartridge if this works... I had a similar problem with a 9600 I bought on eBay that had been inoperable over 18 months. Three colors would NOT clear up after multiple power cleanings. Epson support politely solved the issue at no charge on the phone... he had me drop a few drops of warm water on the pad the printhead rests on when not printing. You have to move the printhead to the left to do that by moving up the little lever near the cutter. The pad is easier to reach with a long eye dropper. I used very warm water- not boiling. I replaced the printhead over the warm water pad for an hour. Then I repeated the process and let it be for another 60 minutes. Then I did a nozzle check and what was gummed up yellow, cyan, and magenta nozzles became clear and it's worked fine since. Good luck!