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Won't Print My black ink is full, colors are empty. I'm trying to print a black and white document but it still won't let me. It says "communication error" when I try cleaning the heads. It also says "information not available" when I try to check the supply levels, unless I go through utility>open printer utility>status monitor>continue. I don't know if they're connected, but either way it won't let me print anything. Advice?

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IF THE COLOUR INK IS EMPTY THE ERROR LED TURN ON AND THE PRINTER IS OFFLINE.YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE COLOUR INK CARTRIDGE

Posted on Nov 20, 2013

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SOURCE: Black ink print failure after cartridge replaced

The Edge, -Clean the electrical contacts on the printer where the cartridge connects with alcohol. After it dries clean the same contacts with a regular pink, non-abrasive pencil eraser making sure you remove all the debris when done. -Its also possible there is an air bubble preventing the flow of ink. You can try inserting a full cartridge of ink in the printer and letting it sit overnight then running a nozzle clean job or two. Another alternative if you have a syringe you may want to try gently forcing ink into it. If you?re really desperate you can try drilling a small hole into the cartridge to give gravity feeding a hand. BE WARNED the air hole will let ink flow pretty well and you run the chance of making a mess. Before you pull the cartridge out of the printer make sure you cover the hole with tape so the ink doesn?t make even more mess. -Check the cartridge alignment making sure the contacts are mating to the printer. -If it still doesn?t work I would try cleaning your nozzles. Even though I doubt you have clogged nozzles its worth a try because of the following: If you search the Internet you?ll find that this specific model is know for failing to print some or all colors after about 1 ½ to 2 years of use, even with Epson inks. Most of the posts I?ve seen blame it on clogged nozzles but I suspect a good number of them, like yours, have another explanation for their failure. Ink jet printers use resistors to create heat to create a bubble in the ink to eject it out of the nozzle (Bubble jet) or in the case of Epson, vibrating crystals push ink into and out of the nozzles (piezoelectric). We?ve already cleaned the electrical contacts and cleaned the nozzles so what remain are defective nozzles, short between the nozzle and the controller board or a defective controller board. Since the printer is only worth 1 or 2 hundred dollars repairs at a shop or buying these repair parts can easily exceed ½ its cost. Hope something here works for you, I just recently had to toss a great printer too. Let us know what happens and please don?t forget to rate the posting.

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SOURCE: can check ink levels on epson r800 or cx4200

I just off the phone with Epson and one problem with Leopard is that it uses Apple's drivers for printing instead of Epson's.  I couldn't print directly to CD because of that.
To see if that's your issue, go into system setting -> printers & faxes and then select the Epson printer from the menu.  On the right, it will give information about your printer including KIND.  If it has your printer name followed by GUTENBERG, that means it discarded the epson drivers in favor of the Leopard ones.
You have to delete that printer (hit the minus button while it is highlighted).  He then had me go to Macintosh HD-> Library->Printers and delete the entire Epson folder to prevent it from automatically reloading... this may be overkill, but...
Next, REBOOT.
Then go to Epson.com and download the latest mac drivers for your printer and install them.  Go back to System Prefs->Printers and Faxes and click on the + button to add a printer.
When I did this it, my r1800 came up, but it had a drop down menu to choose the KIND and it still had the Gutenberg option, but it now had 'EPSON SP 1800'-the actual epson drivers.  I chose that option and now it works flawlessly and I can again print to CD.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008

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SOURCE: R200 will not print black color

Sounds like maybe the chips on the cartridges aren't making proper contact. Have you tried removing the black cartridge and reinserting?

How long did it take you to replace all the color cartridges? If it sat uncapped for very long, the black may simply be clogged. Often a few drops of Windex with Ammonia D (not the lemony stuff!) on the purge/park pad will do it.

With the lid up turn it on, and as soon as the heads are unparked pull the plug. Very gently, slide the print head out of the way. With an eyedropper, put a few drops of Windex with Ammonia D on the park pad, enough to make it obviously damp but not overflowing. If it is all gummed up, you'll need to clean it. In that case look here for more detailed instructions:
http://www.polyphoto.com/tutorials/PrintHeadCleaning/

My printer cleaning site is kind of rough, I wrote answers to others and got tired of retyping and just saved a few.

If the park pad is not all gummed up, then gently slide the print head all the way back over the park pad. As you do, the park pad automatically comes up under the print head so don't worry about it drying out. Leave it for a few hours or overnight before plugging it in and turning it on again, then run a cleaning cycle and try a nozzle check.

Never run more than 3 cleaning cycles in a row without printing -something-, even if it is just a nozzle check. And never -ever- move the print head manually while the printer is plugged in.

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

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SOURCE: Won't print with only 1 cartridge empty

sorry you can print unless all your cartridge are having some ink

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If you have carried out 4 to 5 head cleans, waited about 8 hours and done another 3 or head cleans doing nozzle checks after each clean (as recommended by the manual) and there is still no improvement then you will need a third party head cleaning solution such as this one:
http://websites.uk-plc.net/UK_Inkjet_Cartridges_PLUS/products/Print_Head_Cleaner.htm
Other makes & brands are available just google "inkjet head cleaning solution" Hope this helps.

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