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Printer will not print in Black at all

I have been using this Epson Style Color 880 Inkjet for at least a year now, with absolutely no problems. Very easy to install, INCREDIBLY fast print speed, no complaints at all. I normally only print in black, and every so often in color. Just a week or so ago, I printed a 6-page paper for college. Less than 3 days later, my black will not print at all. I can't print any of my homework or papers or review sheets, and its killing me having to pay $.20/page at my college.

I've tried NUMEROUS times to do the head cleaning/nozzle checks, to no avail. My ink is full and has just been refilled, so it shouldn't be an issue of low ink. As of 10 minutes ago, I just re-installed my printer and the Windows Logo on the test page printed fine (in color), but none of the info printed. Before I installed, the best progress I got was the test page not printing the color logo and barely printing the black text..the text being very faded and cutoff.

I can provide further information and any answer to questions in any response I may get.

Thanks in advance for ANY help, I will really appreciate it.

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  • ghoti Dec 04, 2007

    same symptoms, same attempts to corect, same reults. I am in touch with theEpson knowledge base but no answers

  • todddaniel Jan 06, 2008

    Ditto - everything looks ok but the printer will not print black. PLease let us know if you have any suggestions.

  • Anonymous Sep 14, 2008

    At first it wasn't printing in color despite a new Epson cartridge (not generic store brand) and now black won't print either despite numerous nozzle checks and head cleaning.

  • seekandfind Nov 19, 2008

    Stopped printing any color or black after changing cartridges. Help? I took out cartridges and cleaned all around. I can't see what may be clogged. There was fresh wet ink all around the jets that enter the cartridges. All this because I changed the cartridge? Any ideas?

  • roy_p_23455 Feb 23, 2009

    almost exactly the same problem with a Canon i475d photo printer



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Actually guys, I figured out that because I had been using the same ink cartridge for so many years that the print heads were terribly dried out. I bought from (its a site run by Yahoo!) $3/$4 ink cartridges, both black and color (they charge too much for shipping though), and I have absolutely no problem printing right now.

Look around online, and buy cheaper, maybe up to $10, cartridges, but do NOT buy these stupid OEM cartridges!! Most cartridges sold on the internet are up to OEM standards.

That worked for me, hope you guys have good luck!

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Did anyone have any luck with this method? I have tried it and as yet nothing has worked.

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Had a similar problem.
It turned out to be poor quality ink refills that I bought at the local mall. Found a good ink supplier who charges $4.00 per cartridge.
Try removing the ink cartridge and cleaning with warm water or a little alcohol and a clean soft cloth or swab in the area where the cartridge is seated

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Same problem. Will print web pages in color, diagnostics work, but will only print photos in black.

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ALL…. Epson & Brother Requires Genuine Cartridges. !!!!!!!!
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In Purchasing Epson's CX 5400, CX4600, & CX7400 and more, I found out that Epson does not like Generic Printer Cartridges. I also Purchased a Brother MFC-240C All-In-One InkJet Printer. That also does not like Generic Print Cartridges. Color that should be Yellow, will turn out Green, Blue Brown, etc.

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So I learned, thru trial and error, that you must use the ORIGINAL Genuine Cartridges for these PRINTERS. Some people say some models work fine compatible, but not mine.......

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Was gone for the weekend.

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