Can't get printer to work with generic ink cartridges...
I gave away my 1270 wide body and bought a 2200 (reasonable) and inherited some free carts from another photog who upgraded from his 2200, Ordered 20 various carts from one low cost ebay seller (about a buck and a half per each). NO GO. Moved up in price (to $4.00 approx. per each, as well as called this next supplier for his assurances before ordering and started with only 8 carts only "just in case". NO GO either on these latest ones (labeled "Arrow" brand). Message is (of course) , "INCOMPATIBLE", etc. Freights mounting. Frustration too. Am I just a cheap **** as well as an idiot for trying to keep Epson from eventually owning my cars, home, firstborn, etc. at $10 - $12 per pop?
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Re: Can't get printer to work with generic ink...
I think the problem you're having is that your getting this message on your computer and not the printer.
If that's the case you need to uninstall the status monitor software (leave the driver). This will at least stop the printer telling you how evil you are for depriving Epson of their "rightful" *cough* profits.
If that solves your problem you're away... Epson printers as a rule shouldn't stop you from printing unless there is a genuine incompatibility with the cartridges (ie: you've got R2400 instead of 2200 types) so the status monitor is usually just programmed to annoy you into buying OEM.
Hope that helps but come back if it doesn't with some cartridge numbers for your printer.
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Did you use Epson Genuine Cartridges?ALL…. Epson & Brother Requires Genuine Cartridges. !!!!!!!! That sounds like your problem. In Purchasing Epson's CX 5400, CX4600, & CX7400 and more, I found out that Epson does not like Generic Printer Cartridges. I also Purchased a Brother MFC-240C All-In-One InkJet Printer. That also does not like Generic Print Cartridges. Color that should be Yellow, will turn out Green, Blue Brown, etc. These printers have a CHIP that will detect if it is Generic or Genuine. When they see it’s Generic Cartridges, it will print lines thru the words, stripes across the picture and also do a mix match with the colors. It also will not let you print anything, if only one of the cartridges is empty.
I wanted to print only Black, and would not let me, because I did not have any ink in one of my cyan cartridges. Go figure.
That's what these Companies do., so they can keep selling the ink cartridges. Some Printers, are able to use Generic, and some are refillable. Some you can refill them up yourself and I heard, quite MESSY.
So I learned, thru trial and error, that you must use the ORIGINAL Genuine Cartridges for these PRINTERS. Some people say some models work fine compatible, but not mine.......
I had to replace the printer, but Epson, Lexmark & Brothers are always on sale. My Brother & Epson cost me $50.00 with Rebate. . IF YOU ARE USING GENERIC CARTRIDGES, MAYBE IT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU DISABLE THE INK MONITOR. This is the only advice I can give you. The next step would be to disassemble the Epson, and clean the Pads/Heads. Click on link below.: http://www.hm2k.com/posts/parts-inside-your-printer-are-at-the-end-of-their-service-life
I located a page on http://www.fixyourownprinter.com forum, which had plenty of details about similar issues. If you find this helpful, pls rate me.
Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad...
1 - try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again.. or 2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy. Please come back and just gave a vote, it will gave me some satisfaction to know am helping some one so I will keep on helping.
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could be because the generic cart is not of proper size. try to use some paper betneath the cart to lift it up.
some other is known about generic ink carts which have a tape that has to be lift off befor use: http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/us/en/faq/faq/000000/002400/000087/faq002487_000.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=mfc440cn_all (read the info at bottom!)
I dont understand "inverting". Do you mean turning the machine around (180 degree) to see the bottom of the machine?
Anyway, inkjets used to stain after a while. This is because of serveral reasons: the ink absorber felt is getting wet due to the cleaning cycles, some ink will splash from the printhead, ink will flow back from ph to cart etc.
Do you refilled the original carts or do you use generic carts? The latter one do NOT keep the ink inside the cart when turing the machine to bottom (e.g. for Postal sending) due to diffrent construction.
You should use original carts for refill. Make sure the plastic support secures the carts.
Only original carts wont leak!
Try this 1# : http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/us/en/faq/faq/000000/000300/000036/faq000336_002.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=mfc420cn_us
If you still have trouble: unplug machine from power. Open cover and take all carts out of position. Plug machine to power again by connecting it to the wall socket. Wait until machine has done start up. When finished power on machine (if it has shut down first). Machine demands carts. Place each demanded cart into position and make sure it is secured. Answer lcd display questions. Close cover. Machine will run a cleaning cycle and come up stand-by.
If you still have trouble after that procedure, use another ORIGINAL cart. (Most brother printer trouble is because of diffrent construction of generic ink carts and due to wrong ink).
And if there still is trouble have a look at the led control circuit board built in the cart holder it should look this:
Did you use generic ink? These generic carts are different (no seal to prevent staining). This carts stain the led control circuit board which has to be replaced by a new one (the spare part is only avaiable as the whole ink cart holder incl. led board and tubes).