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Need to change dried old ink cartridge before it says it is out

The black ink cartridge is dried out and won;t print. No matter how many nozzle checks and cleanings I do. In addition the more I clean the nozzles the less ink the Ink monitor says I have. How do I get the ink cartridge into the ink changing position without having clean the nozzles instead?

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Posted on Jul 25, 2008

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While the printer is on, press and hold the paper feed button. The ink cartridges move into the replacement position.

Also useful to make sure you use every last drop of ink in a cartridge (the software lies!).

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All of these suggestions are terrible.
For the Epson Stylus COLOR 740 you have to open the top, move the lever on the right to the + sign, then you can pull the cartridges to the postion you need them.
I had to figure this out after reading these ridiculous fixes that could possibly harm your printer.
I thought I would put my two cents in just in case anyone else has to deal with this ancient POS.

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Open the printer and look to the left hand end. You should see a drive gear. Turn this gear slowly using your finger (it is stiff) so that the feed rollers go back wards. This should retract the carriage lock and allow you to move the print head by hand. If not, turn off the printer and when you turn it back on, once the head moves away from home, pull the power chord out. The head can now be moved by hand to where you need it. If the ink has dried up, you should follow the procedure in my some of my previous posts to complete the under head cleaning. This should get you back running: see this post for cleaning

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Re: Need to change dried old ink cartridge before it says...

Press the Ink Change button then turn off the printer this will give you the Ink Changing psoition for a long time.

Posted on Sep 15, 2007

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