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Epson CX3810 not printing

I have had this printer for about 2 years. It has been sitting dormant for about a year, after I had tried to refill the ink myself and failed miserably at it. I just bought some new ink cartridges, but the printer won't print anything. It recognizes the ink though. I'm wondering if I may have clogged it somehow. When I was attempting to refill the cartridges, it appears that ink seeped out into the bottom of the carriage. Did I clog it? and how can I fix this issue?

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If you haven't been printing for a year, your print head is most definitely clogged. You did clog it, by not printing :)
First of all, clean the ink that is in your printer (use toilet paper or some tissue).
Then you need to clean the print head. To do that:

  1. Turn your printer on.
  2. On your computer, go to START, then SETTINGS, find PRINTERS AND FAXES and click on that.
  3. A window will open and you should see your printer. Right click on it, then click on PROPERTIES.
  4. A window will open, with several tabs. The one you need is MAINTENANCE. Open the tab and click on CLEAN PRINT HEAD. I think there are 2 options, cleaning and deep cleaning. Click on deep cleaning. You should hear the printer rumbling, then, when it finishes, it should print a page with 4 colors: black, cyan, magenta and yellow.
  5. If the colors come out right, you're done. If not, repeat the cleaning until you get a satisfying result.
Just bear in mind that cleaning the print head uses a lot of your ink!

Also, to avoid getting in this situation again, I suggest that you print one page, at least once in 10 days. That way, your print head should always work fine.

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