Carriage cycles normally but no ink on paper.(Stylus color 880)
Printer unused for more than a month. Installed fresh cartridges--ran multiple cleaning cycles--no change. Utility screen indicates reduced ink levels (both cartridges) so I presume print heads gummed up from lack of use. Would I be capable off finding and flushing the print head plumbing???
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Turn off printer. Open Case. Move head carriage to parking position. Do suction from outlet pipe of head cleaning mechanic. It's for checking head. is there ink out? If printer not used for long time, may be ink inside head dried. Utility screen just show estimated not actually. If head clog, and do head cleaning more 5 times, screen show ink nearly out, but actually ink tank nearly full.
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All Epson printers (well, the ink ones) have a small utility built-in called the STATUS MONITOR. If you click on the MAINTENANCE tabbed page in the Properties, you can start this just by clicking on the item. It will show the ink levels. Normally, this status monitor should start up whenever you print - with an option to show the ink levels, as they do not auto appear when printing, compared to the option shown above. Note that the monitor does NOT actually shown the real ink levels as the chips on the cartridges and the internal electronics within the printer simply work on the number of prints made - so often when showing empty - there will in fact be ink left unused inside the cartridges. For this reason alone, worth your while getting some refillable cartridges and bulk ink (normally in 100ml bottles - so you would get equivalent about 10+ refills and save lots of hard earned dosh!) but you would also need an inexpensive chip resetter. My advice is get the refillables with ink (most compatible inks are as good as - some better - than Epson's own expensive original cartridge inks) and when one cartridge shows requires replacing, you remove all the cartridges, fill them all, reset the chips and replace - that way you show all as full and on ly have one cleaning cycle - thus also saving lots of ink normally wasted when replacing one cartridge - each requiring a cleaning cycle and loss of other inks. I have no idea where in the World you live so cannot recommend a supplier - just use ebay.com or amazon.com to find suitable suppliers convenient to yourself.
ink reservoir doesnt have to be completely empty to fail. Replace the
cartridges. Some of the jets or all of them may be clogged especially if you
have not used your printer in a while. If there are cleaning instructions in
the manual clean the jets and then try to print from the printer's self test
Old ink loses some of its intensity after about 8 months. heat/light seems to destroy some of the depth in the ink's shade. i would be completely replacing the cartridges with fresh ones. Constant cleaning uses up so much ink and the casettes will need replacing too often. This raises the cost of your prints.
If you need to change a cartridge before it or any other cartridges are low or expended, run the Ink Cartridge Replacement utility.
You cannot print or copy when an ink cartridge is expended even if the other cartridges are not expended. Replace any expended cartridges before printing or copying.
Leave your old cartridges in the Epson Stylus NX110 Series until you are ready to replace them to prevent the print head nozzles from drying out. When an installed ink cartridge is more than six months old, you may need to replace it if your printouts do not look their best, even after cleaning and aligning the print head. Follow the instructions in these sections to check and replace your ink cartridges: Replace Cartridges Using a Printer Software Utility For best printing results, use up a cartridge within six months of opening the package. If you need to replace a cartridge when the ink light is flashing or off (before the cartridge is expended), you can run the Ink Cartridge Replacement utility.
1. Windows: Right-click the printer icon in the bottom right corner of your screen (the taskbar) and select Printer Settings. Click the Maintenance tab. Macintosh: Open the Applications folder, open EPSON Printer Utility3, select your printer (if necessary), and click OK.
You see one of these screen SEE ATTACHMENT BELOW
2. Click the Ink Cartridge Replacement utility icon and follow the on-screen instructions to replace your ink cartridges as necessary
, click All Programs
, and then click
View ink levels
If a cartridge is low on ink, discontinue these steps, replace the cartridge, and then try printing again.
If the cartridges contain a sufficient amount of ink, continue to the next step.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
After installing a new HP Inkjet print cartridge, the ink level indicator remains at the previous level.
to print and ignore the ink level indicator. The print cartridge is
full of ink, it just is not being measured accurately.
Hello, at this point I would suggest COMPLETELY uninstall your photo printer, reboot your system and reinstall. Hopefully this helps.
I will tell you though, usually if after running cleaning utilities, the picture still has lines and spaces, could be due to print heads drying up and unable to output the proper amount of ink. This happens alot when people are not using their printer often enough to keep the ink flowing properly.
Recently I had to replace a printer that I had not printed on in like 3 months, the print heads dried up/ clogged up. And the new ink I had just purchased was a waste of money. Had to replace entire printer.
I cannot remember if the Status Monitor (SM) of the 810 has a "change cartridge" facility, but it's easy to check. Right click the printer icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and select printer settings. Then click the maintenance tab - is "change cartridge" one of the options? If so, use it. If it isn't you can download the SSC utility from
and use this to move the cartridge to the cartridge change position - don't forget to use it to do an ink charge cycle after you have replaced the cartridge.
There is also the "generic" approach. Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head starts to move, pull the power lead out of the printer, or turn it off at the mains. The print head should now be free to move (gently!) by hand to the cartridge change position. The snag here is there is no inherent means of running an ink charge cycle - do a couple of head clean cycles instead.