Question about Lexmark JetPrinter Z55 InkJet
I am a very infrequent printer user. Our Epson Stylus 500 was great when new. I reckon the print head is clogged up and would appreciate a way to unblock it. We have a Lexmark Z55 as well. First I was told that the refill inks have ruined the cartridges and the print heads. I have since put in Lexmark's own ink cartridges and it still doesn't print. Please help.
Remember to remove the Seal Tape
from the Top of the New Ink Cartridge as well as from the Bottom ! !
If a “Head Cleaning” cycle makes the Test Pattern worse, STOP.
Disconnect the Printer from the Computer.
Press the “Cartridge Change” button for ~ 3 Seconds.
When the Ink Cartridge Carriage travels to the Changing Position PULL THE POWER PLUG (NOT the “OFF” Switch). The Ink Cartridge Carriage should now Slide Freely on the Rail as long as it isn’t pushed to the Right so that it goes under the shelf to the “Homed and Locked” Position.
Fold up a Paper Towel (About 1 Sheet) so that its final width is about the same as the width of the gutter under the Print Head on the Carriage and so that it is thick enough when folded to contact and lightly press on the Print Head.
Saturate the folded Paper Towel with ~ 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and lay it in the Gutter.
Manually slide the Carriage and Print Head Over the wet Paper Towel. A slight amount of drag should be experienced if the thickness of the paper towel folds is Correct.
Let the Print Heads rest on the Saturated Paper Towels for a few Minutes or Hours. Too long a Treatment may pull out all of the Cartridge’s Ink: Check the Paper Towel Frequently to Assess if Ink is Capillarying out onto the Towel.
When the Treatment appears Successful remove the Paper Towel and Clean Up and plug the Printer power back in.
Run a Test Pattern via the Computer Connection WITHOUT first running the Head Cleaning Utility.
If the pattern isn’t OK, Try Running the Head Cleaning Utility to see if it makes it Better or Worse.
If Worse, Repeat the Alcohol Paper Towel Treatment: The Paper Towel may be Gently Pulled back and forth under the Print Heads to wipe them off.
Posted on Mar 31, 2008
I agree with "buy a new printer". My first printer an Epson I threw away because it was impossible to get the head to work after it had been flooded. I have just bought a continuous ink system at £40 for a Epson 1290 which had not been used for a couple of months and no amount of cleaning/flushing (even with the head off the machine) will make it work. If you buy a HP type machine with the heads on the cartridges at least when they go wrong they are relitively cheap to replace. Just my opinion. Don B
Posted on Sep 20, 2007
Posted on Jun 27, 2008
Which are you talking about Lexmark Machine or Epson? Lexmark are head in cartridge- new cartridge new head every time.-If you have refilled these and it does not work simply buy Lexmoark Carts- or a new printer.[possibly cheaper] Epson print head are in the machine - these need cleaning out and a head cleaning cartridge set from any ink supplyeri will do it or a home made oner like to illustration. All printer keep their workability if used frequently and not allowed to dry out Further info can be obtained from www.fixyourownprinter.com.
Posted on Jul 20, 2007
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.
Posted on May 16, 2008
turn the printer i turned on and Press the cleaning button ,. Cleaning takes about two minutes, the printer makes some noise when it finishes you run a nozzle check for print quality and reset the cleaning cycle.
load paper . go to the printer menu as follows: click Control Panel, and then double-click Printers. Select the Epson printer if have more than one printer is installed. Click File, click Properties, click the Utility tab, then click the Nozzle Check icon.
The printer will print a Nozzle Check pattern in black, and in cyan, magenta, and yellow. Each staggered horizontal and straight vertical line should be complete, with no gaps in the dot pattern. If any dots are missing, clean the head again.
If your software is different, and does not have these options, you can do it this way:
1. Same as above.
2. Same as above.
Turn off printer and computer. Disconnect interface cable from printer. Load paper. Hold down the load/eject button and press the power button to turn on the printer. Release both buttons.
3 Same as above.
4 Turn off printer and reconnect the interface
Posted on May 17, 2008
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