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?
Re: Need to change dried old ink cartridge before it says...
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 http://www.fixya.com/support/t138226-printer_not_printing
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Not normally but the black print head nozzles maybe blocked. Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent ink drying out and blocking the print head nozzles. If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages, then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive. It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer than replace the print head.
Most likely culprit is a dried up ink within the nozzles themselves. The best things for getting rid of dried ink in the nozzles is to use either a standard bathroom cleaner or rubbing alcohol. With the printer on open the door as if you were replacing ink. With the ink cartidges visable, unplug the printer so they stay put. Remove the cartridge and spray the cleaner in the where the ink is taking from the cartridge and clean it with whatever works. I really really good trick is if you have an old cartridge you can use a syringe to fill up the empty cartridge with your cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol. Insert the cartridge and run some test prints. This will for sure run the cleaner through the nozzle and hopefully dissolve the blockage.
BROTHER DCP-165C BLACK INK NOZZLE BLOCKAGE CLEANING If your
printer is under warranty then take it to a Brother Service Center for Print Head
If not and you are technically minded and/or adventurous, then you
could try to clear the likely cause of this fault (potential blocked micro-nozzles on the print head) yourself.
Remove all the cartridges, wrap them in clingwrap/clingfilm and then place them
(upside down) on an old newspaper to minimize accidental leakage > remove
the print head (a small square, gold, patterned contact plate sitting at the
back of the cartridge compartment) > immerse the print head in a solvent for 24 hours (sometimes longer). Below is a webpage showing you how to create, handle, store, use your
own solvent recipe to and safely and responsibly dispose of used solvent:
and blow dry the print head until completely dry > reinstall print head >
reinstall cartridges > repeat head cleaning and test print procedures again.
For the future, either with this or any other printer, please remember these
tiny micro-nozzles can very easily become blocked with dried ink. You can
protect against this by always using good quality ink, printing regularly to
keep ink flowing through the system (including the odd unnecessary test print,
if necessary), replacing empty cartridges without delay, not allowing drying
air to dry ink residue in the micro-nozzles by never leaving a cartridge space
empty for more than the few seconds it takes to change a cartridge, always
fully prepare, unpack, unclip and unpeel the new cartridge before removing the
empty one, try to avoid being distracted while changing cartridges (so easy to
forget and leave a cartridge space empty and the cartridge bay open).
Please don't hesitate to ask for more help if you need it.
I hope this helps.
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Simple problem that print head cleaning will typically not fix. The black ink is pigment based so it tends to form more stubborn clogs. Just remove the print head and if you have a steamer hit the black printhead nozzles with some pressured steam. If not available, soak the surface of the printhead in shallow hot water (try not to get the contact wet or be sure to dry them if you do). You can tell if the printhead nozzles are open by folding a section of wet paper towel like 5-10 layers and then soak it, press the printhead surface up and down lightly on the wet paper towel and if the nozzles are open you will see some ink pulse in the black port screen (the colors will also pulse from the pressure of the liquid under the printhead). It's easier than it sounds so give it a try. I've saved 100s of Canon printheads this way.
Note: if you have a really dried out head, you sometimes have to soak from the top inlet ports and the bottom nozzle surface to clear, but unlikely in you case since you had a black cartridge installed with ink in it (this keeps the top port from drying).
This should be the problem of print head ink nozzle block.The nozzle for the black ink cartridge got dry.So the ink getsdried state.It won't allow any inks passing through the micro nozzles.Head cleaning won't help with the heavy nozzle block.So try replacing a new black cartridge or else bring the printer to the nearest service center.It'll help so.
Check if the service station proper covers the black nozzles when the printhead is parked. Sometimes the mechanics change its position and the printhead dries out. Try to unclog the nozzles with very hot water. Sometimes it helps. The new printhead is very expensive and you may want to buy a new printer instead. Remove the printhed, put it in a bowl with the nozzles down and fill with boiled water until the nozzles are covered. Wait 15 min and dry the electric contacts with a dry napkin. Good luck!
Sounds like a badly clogged nozzle. If you are using aftermarket/refilled cartridges, the changes are the ink is not up to manufacturer specs and has dried and clogged the nozzle. The best way to clear this is to take a new black ink OEM cartridge and run the deep cleaning a number of times (at least 3) to see if the nozzle can be cleared. If you continue to use non-OEM cartridges, I would keep a set of OEM cartridges around for nozzle clearing purposes. Also, take the aftermarket ink cartridges back to the vendor and either get an upgraded cartridge or refund.
Let me know if this corrects the problem. Thanks.
This was Rob's response to a similar problem which I had.
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The black ink is not the problem, it's the nozzle. The nozzle for the black ink head is clogged with dried up ink. If it were mine, I would remove the print head and use a q-tip dipped in alcholol to clean the nozzle. Let the alcohol dry and put it back together and run another auto print head cleaning. You're probably going to have to do it a few times. It's going to depend on how bad the clog is. This will fix you...just be patient. Remember that ink has been dried on several months. Don't forget to rate my help. Thanks for coming to FixYa.com
Check that your black ink cartridge has ink inside, eventually try a new cartridge , as ink may have dried up in old cartridge. If you use a new cartridge ensure you removed cellotape from cartrige. If cartridge is ok, then it is printer nozzle/head for black ink. In this case do nozzle check / head cleaning in printer tools a couple of times. If problem persist you may need to check and clean printer's head with cotton and solvent.
I have a z600 that i use. If not used for about a month the ink does clog the print nozzles and eventually ink cartridge does dry out. To avoid this even if i dont have to print anything I run a diagnostics test that prints out a nozzle aligment test every two weeks.The great thing about this is that it uses very little ink.You can find this test in your software that was provided by Lexmark. This will keep your nozzles cleaned and you will notice this helps extend the life of your cartridge.