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Air bubbles in ink line


I have an Epson 4800.The yellow ink line has air bubbles in it. I have run numerous cleaning cycles.Stil clogged. What now???

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  • fatfred Mar 29, 2009

    I have an epson 4000.the light magenta has air bubbles in the line ,how do i clear it?Help.Bill.

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SOURCE: Epson C86

throw it out...have had 3 epson's in our office in the last 5 years and ended up ditching all three...they are junk.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007

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SOURCE: epson CX3650 printing gaps

Remove ink cartridges one by one and put it back in. If same thing happens, try to do head cleaning and nozzle checks consecutively from the computer.

Start -> Control Panel -> Printers & Faxes (Windows XP) / Printers (Windows Vista) -> Printer Icon (right click) -> Printing Preferences -> Maintenance

You should be able to see nozzle check, click it and follow the prompt. Line patterns that corresponds to the colors of the ink cartridges would be printed. If breaks on the patterns appear, continue with head cleaning. Try to do this about 3 times until all patterns are complete.

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

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SOURCE: epson 4800 pro

Make sure that the "Encoder Strip" is clean and in the channel for the sensor located on the back side of the printhead carriage.

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Epson 4800 won't initialize after changing black cartridge

Did you change from matte black to photo black? Or vice versa? If so you have to use the ink conversion kit that came with your printer and draw out the old ink and install the new black in cartridge. Try page 113 in your owners manual. I am having a similar problem but with the light cyan and it says "set ink cartridge".

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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SOURCE: My yellow ink head on my r1800 printer is clogged.

If it is within warranty then contact epson support. If not and normal head cleaning doesnt work then try a print head cleaning solution such as:
http://websites.uk-plc.net/UK_Inkjet_Cartridges_PLUS/products/Print_Head_Cleaner.htm

Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009

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