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Re: looks like it is running out of ink...
Hi I am Vortash it sounds like your printer needs a good doush with ink flush as build up of dried ink in the head and pipes will cause this type of problem also clean the head mount and head with methalayted spirits to clear blockages regards Vortash
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Most likely you have low in reserves. Check the ink levels for the printer in the printer settings menu. if ink is low, there is your problem.
If you know your ink is full, how long have you had those cartridges in the printer. if the ink is more than a few months old, then it is most likely drying up. this could mean the whole cartridge is shot, or that the print head is gummed up with dry ink. try running the print head cleaning tool in the printer settings.
Hi, remove ink tanks, remove print head and on piece of fabric spill some alcohol and few times press the bottom of printhead. Repet steps few time on clean fabrics. Put it all back in and run head cleaning and then try to print nozlle check.
Hi, it could be few things wich you having problem with.
First, how old are the ink tanks, it could be clodged. Second the print head nozzles are clodged at that places. Third, the purge unit does not work OK.
First remove all inks out and remove print head. Then on wet cloth, wet it with distiled water, few times press the bottom of print head ( nozzles ), then the 4 circles must change from colour to white. That means that nozzles are cleaned. Dry head by pressing it on dry cloth.
Put it in, also the inks, and run few times the deep head cleaning. Every time take a look at print pattern. If the head is to badlly clodged, test pattern would be just a little bit more better.
But now you know if the problem is in head or something else ( purge unit or inks ). The new head isnt so cheap regarding the printer so then the best solution would be to buy new printer. If you do not want to buy laser colour printer, atleast buy one on wich ink tanks has printhead on. Its slightly costly, but you have one worry less - the print head is changed every time you change the ink.
If you have a look on this site you will see there are far more reported problems related to Canon than Epson however the choice is yours.
As to your cardridge problem. The Epson status monitor measures the amount of inkshots used by each cart individually. You know they have chips which indicate when the cart is empty and yet you have not bothered looking for a reset programme. Who's fault is that? The manufacture?
Give this a try, make sure to read the instructins before using.
If the print head has become clogged and the printer's head-cleaning cycle won't help (run it 10 times if you have to) you could try these things:
Soak the print head in hot water then leave it overnight, then try it again
If you have access to an ultrasonic cleaner that will take the printhead, use that. (These are used by jewellers and other people which have to clean small, intricate parts)
Buy some Isopropyl Alcohol and soak the printhead in that overnight. (You can get it from the chemist)
Use a Mr Cuppacino (or your Espresso machine). It's a small kitchen appliance which creates a jet of steam for frothing milk for making a cappuccino. You can use the jet of steam to blast the print head. But be careful that you don't melt things -- short, sharp jets only.
Each time you try a cleaning method, use a damp paper towel to gently wipe and dry the print head area.
Put a teaspoon of water in the bottom of the empty cartridge and try the cleaning cycle a few times.
You have to run a head cleaning cycle:
Follow these steps to clean the print head:
Make sure the Stylus CX is on and the ink light is off.
Hold down the ink button for 3 seconds until the On light starts flashing. The Stylus CX runs a head cleaning cycle and the On light flashes.
Never turn off the Stylus CX while head cleaning is in progress. You may damage it.
When the On light stops flashing, turn off the Stylus CX.
Load letter-size paper in the sheet feeder.
Press the ink and On buttons together and hold them down for about 3 seconds. The Stylus CX turns on and prints a test pattern, which includes a nozzle check. Shown below are some examples of what the nozzle check may look like:
Nozzle check pattern with no gaps
Nozzle check pattern with gaps
Examine the nozzle check. If it does not look like the nozzle check pattern with no gaps as shown above, repeat steps 2 through 6.
If you don't see any improvement after cleaning the print head three times, turn off the Stylus CX and wait overnight. This lets any dried ink soften. Then try cleaning the print head again.
If you do not use your Stylus CX often, it is a good idea to print a few pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.
hi i am a certified Canon repair tech for this fax. the problem that you are having is very common and has to do with two things. the cartridge and the purge/cleaning unit. what you can try is this open the printer and center the carridge unit and remove the cartridge. unplug the machine while it is still centered. on the right hand side you will see the purge unit. in the center of the purge unit is what looks like a retanglar pad. mix a water soap solution and apply to pad just soaking it. let it sit for a few minutes. take the ink cartridge and wipe the bottom of the cartridge with a damp soapy cloth. also if you look at the cartridge there is a little breating hole you can hold a cloth on the bottom and gently blow in that hole it will purge ink through the bottom of the cartridge. install the cartridge in the machine close the front door and replug in the power cord. you might still have to run a few cleaning cycles. hope this helps.