I've had this printer for a couple of years already. I haven't used it for around 8 months. One day I decided I would use it to print, so I tried to print and my printer sounded like it was printing but only a blank piece of paper comes out. I did the nozzle check and cleaning and recharging of the ink and then the nozzle check 3 times and every time the black ink check never shows up. I then replaced the black ink and proceeded to do a nozzle cleaning and nozzle check and everything and still the same results. I have to add that all the ink cartridges I am using are not from Epson, but since magenta, cyan and yellow are showing up, I would assume it's not because of the fact that my cartridges are not from Epson which leads to the reason as to why only the black ink is not printing now. Please help. Thanks.
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If you haven`t used the printer in 2-3 months the black ink cartridge has gona dry.Wich means the printer is seeing full ink but the ink isn`t actually coming out from the ink head.Take a peace of clean cloth or cotton and clear the bottom part of the ink head(be verry carfully while cleaning it cuz you may dmg the head.If that doesn`t help just go and buy a new ink cartridge and it will solve your problem.
You can clean it, thats a good idea but,,(and this is messy) roll back the master.. take out the ink cartridge, use a rod to squeeze some ink onto the area, and smooth it out into the screen with a plastic scraper.. Lay the master back over. Keep scrap paper around and print a big black square and run a couple hundred sheets through.. This will work. Messy but will work. If you don't want to manually put some ink on the area.. Print a large black square and run a couple hundred sheets.. see what that does.
I am on my second Photosmart C6180, the first one I had quit printing black ink after 6 months, after hours with the HP help desk, the finally decided to replace the printer. I have now been using the replacement for several months and just this weekend it too quit printing black ink...no copying, no printing and no faxing. I am now shopping for another, not a HP.
Fix ink cartridge I had same problem. I must have ran the clean cycle more than 30-50 times over a period of days. That never made any difference. I was about to toss the whole thing but figured I would try one more thing. If it didn't work I would be in no worse shape. Here is what I did. Took an almost empty black cartridge and inject a lot of 100% Acetone to dilute ink. Left some black in it since I didn't want to think it was empty. Inserted this cartridge and ran the cleaning a few time. IT WORKED. I used my word processor program and filled a page with large bold font characters and printed a page or two. Each page cleared more nozzles. After doing this cleaning/printing a number of time, I put in the full good cartridge. Ran the cleaning a few time to eject any of the Acetone diluted ink. Ran the printed page a few time to remove more of the diluted ink. Everything seems to work now.
My solution was to dump the Kodak printer, and reinstall a 4 year old HP printer collecting desk in my house. WORKS GREAT! I fiddled around with the Kodak printer head and wiped/cleaned the insides, and it worked for a couple days. Then it started having the same problems again (see above.)
Sorry, no good news:
Infact you need a new printhead. The refill ink has clogged the filter inside the head which is in front of the nozzles.
Another reason could be: Did you unplug the printer from power in those weeks of none use? If yes, the head has dryed out.
In future: Do one simple test print once a week when you dont use the printer too often. That keeps the nozzles going :)
There is some hope, too:
See here how to fix it on your own
(Following the link given to hstt.net : choose mfc 215c inside)
Apparently several reviews of this printer say it is known for poor print quality when dealing with graphics AND the tubes can become blocked.
As far as troubleshooting goes if you haven?t done so already purchase a new set of official Brother ink jet cartridges, black and color. The newer ink jets are a lot smarter and remember the last couple of cartridge serial numbers. If that doesn?t work then try running the nozzle cleaning utility a couple of times.
If that fails call the Brother and let them walk you through the troubleshooting process. I don?t suggest you lie, just don't volunteer the fact that you were evil and tried to deprive them of their profit. Worst case they won?t do a warrantee replacement, best case is you?ll have a working printer.
If you don?t want to pursue the above option or if tech support won?t help then we?re back to troubleshooting again, when you say it doesn?t print black does that mean colors do print? If that?s the case then I suspect the black tube or the nozzles are blocked. From what I?ve read it?s a little bit of a pain to remove the print head but the key is not to disconnect the tubes. Remove the print head and the cartridge container as a unit. The ribbon cables have to be unplugged from the circuit board. Disconnect the belt and you should be able to take the print head out and clean it.
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