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Not printing the color indications seem to be o.k, but it does not print at all. Nothing. I checked the alignment, nozzel clean up, nozzel check, anything that needed to be done. still nothing. need help and this has been going on for a long time. thanks

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  • sonicnation Oct 09, 2008

    It looks like printer is printing ok but inkks are invisible (( Maybe dara cord, connecting to the head can be damaged? or in such case there woldh have been certain indication?



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It need to replace the printer heads

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If the machine goes through the motions of printing i.e. it pulls in the paper and the head runs back and forth but put no ink on the page then it would suggest either a fault with the pump cap and/or the pipes from it to the waste pads OR that the heads are clogged.

If you have no flashing warning lamps and the ink loss was gradual over say a page or after the machine has stood for a while, then you should try an under head cleaning routine as in some of my earlier posts. like this one

If the ink loss was sudden - like after changing the inks, have you checked to see that  you have removed any and all sealing tapes. You do not mention if you are using genuine inl or compatibles. If using compatibles I would try the cleaning cycle first to clear the dried crud from under the head. Ever wonder why Epson do not make cleaning cartridges but almost ALL compatible ink manufacturers do?

Try the cleaning and let me know how you get on

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