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Re: epson c66 won't print
If your cartridges have been sitting in the printer for a year, it seems likely they have dried out. Replace them with new cartridges, but make sure you use the proper cartridge replacement procedure so that a ink charging cycle takes place. Then do a nozzle check. Is there any sign of ink on the paper?. Try up to three cleaning cycles. If ink is now flowing, but not yet perfectly, don't carry out any more cleaning cycles. Just leave the printer for 24 hours (to allow any air in the print head to disperse). Then repeat the cleaning cycle/wait process. It may take a while to restore a perfect nozzle check print.
If you have done lots of head cleans with no result, and you're sure you have good ink cartridges properly installed, then you can try soaking the print heads for 24 hours (or more), as follows. Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head moves pull the power cord out of the back, or turn the printer off at the mains. You may now carefully move the print head by hand over to the left hand side out of the way. Look inside the print head parking area on the right and you will see a small rubber cup that comes up to cover the print nozzles when the head is parked (to stop it drying out). Use a syringe or dropper to fill this cup with head cleaning fluid or distilled water. DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Carefully push the print head fully into its parking position so that the cup full of fluid comes up over the print head. Leave this for at least 24 hours, then try a head clean/nozzle check again. Try this process twice if necessary. If still nothing, post a new comment detailing what you have done and the results.
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The print head nozzles may be clogged. From the Utility section found in the EPSON printer driver, clean the print heads by performing a head cleaning followed by printing a nozzle check pattern. A head cleaning and nozzle check must be performed as a cycle. After printing a nozzle check, examine the printed dot pattern. Each staggered horizontal and straight vertical line should be complete, with no gaps in the dot pattern. If there are gaps in the dot pattern, continue with another cycle. Perform up to 3 cycles if necessary. If the nozzle check is not printing completely, and if the head cleanings do not help the nozzle check pattern to print completely, try replacing the ink cartridge. Any ink cartridge installed into the printer must have a blue label on top of it. If the blue label has been removed from the ink cartridge, do not install the cartridge. Using an ink cartridge, which does not have the blue label on it, may damage the printer. Caution: If you have already installed a cartridge which is missing the blue label, or if a previously installed ink cartridge was missing its blue label at the time it was installed, and now head cleanings do not help the nozzle check pattern to print completely, your printer may require service and you should contact the EPSON Connection for further assistance.
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The most likely cause is the print head nozzles are blocked with dried ink and inserting new ink cartridges won't fix this problem. You need a new print head. Print heads are not cheap, you may be better putting your money towards a new printer.
I know you've cleaned the printheads, but try this method:
(1) Open the printer (2) Remove the color ink cartridges from the print head. (3) Use cotton swabs dipped in hot water to thoroughly clean the print head. (4) Repeat this until there is no ink residue coming off on the cotton swab. (5) Once finished, allow to dry and replace the cartridges (6) Try to print something now
If that does not work then the print head(s) may need to be replaced.
Have you tried a cleaning cycle? If not, try one. Now run a nozzle check using the status monitor (right click the little printer icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select nozzle check). Is there any sign of ink on the paper. Try up to three cleaning cycles. If ink is now flowing, but not yet perfectly, don't carry out any more cleaning cycles. Just leave the printer for 24 hours (to allow any air in the print head to disperse). Then repeat the cleaning cycle/wait process. It may take a while to restore a perfect nozzle check print. If these actions produce no positive results, report back.
Do some head cleanings using your driver utilities
Go to control panel>printers and faxes>right click on the stylus c66 and go to printing preferences>go to maintenance tab and do head cleaning for about three times and then try to print
Try to do a nozzle check/ Turn printer off/ put in a plain paper
Press and hold the middle button on the printer while turning it on. When it turns on you can realease the buttons. Should [print the nozzles/ check if there would be gaps of missing colors/ if yes do head cleaning by going to printers and faxes under contorl panel>right click on c66 and go to printing preferences>maintenance tab>print head cleaning>do it 3 times and then try to print