Question about Epson PictureMate Photo Printer
I installed a new cartridge and the first print came out with horrible lines, so I ran the head cleaning utility. After 10 runs, the confirmation print still has gaps and now the printer claims that the ink is low, so it won't run the utility. When I run the status check utility, it shows the ink cartridge as being full.
Hello, at this point I would suggest COMPLETELY uninstall your photo printer, reboot your system and reinstall. Hopefully this helps.
I will tell you though, usually if after running cleaning utilities, the picture still has lines and spaces, could be due to print heads drying up and unable to output the proper amount of ink. This happens alot when people are not using their printer often enough to keep the ink flowing properly.
Recently I had to replace a printer that I had not printed on in like 3 months, the print heads dried up/ clogged up. And the new ink I had just purchased was a waste of money. Had to replace entire printer.
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Jan 13, 2013 | Epson Office Equipment & Supplies
ink reservoir doesnt have to be completely empty to fail. Replace the
cartridges. Some of the jets or all of them may be clogged especially if you
have not used your printer in a while. If there are cleaning instructions in
the manual clean the jets and then try to print from the printer's self test
Mar 09, 2011 | Epson Stylus NX400 InkJet Printer
Use the printer's utility program to self-clean the printer.
This process may need to be repeated as many as 5 to 10 times. Often this will
resolve the problem.
Turn the printer off, preferably overnight, if the self-cleaning
utility has not worked. The ink may need to soften before the self-cleaning
utility will be successful. Turn the printer on and try the self-cleaning
utility again several times.
from the owner's manual where the print head is located. Epson printers, for
example, are usually in the printer. Many other brands place the print head in
the cartridge. For models where the print head is in the printer, drop seven to
10 drops of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) down the ink receptacle area.
This is the hole where the ink flows into the head from the cartridge. Run a
few self-cleaning utilities. If necessary, allow to sit a few hours or
overnight and repeat the self-cleaning utility.
cartridge print head in hot water if the print head is in the cartridge. Allow
to soak overnight. Dry the print head area with a paper towel. Repeat the
cartridge print head in isopropyl alcohol if the hot water soak did not unclog
the print head. Leave the print head covered in alcohol overnight. Use a damp
paper towel to wipe off the print head area. Dry carefully. Try the
self-cleaning utility again.
a new cartridge if the alcohol soak did not unclog the print head in the
cartridge. This will provide new print heads that won't be clogged. Contact a
service technician for repair of print heads in the printer if the alcohol did
not unclog the print head.
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