Question about Epson Stylus DX4200 All-In-One InkJet Printer
I have an Epson dx4400 and some time ago the heads went out of alignment. I have spent at least three hours using the nozzle clean and head alignment functions but it's still no better, is there a factory reset I can try? It's the h alignment that's the problem, there's always a white gap on black and overlap on the other colours. All that trying to re-align does is to swap the position of the gaps/overlaps in the 7 test strips that print. I've done a google seach but all that does is bring up a load of red-flagged sites that want my credit card details. Thanks for any advice.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hey eastman You can do a manual cleaning using some kitchen paper and a little solvent and a small plastic bag. The first thing we need to do is get the head away from its parking position. Switch on the machine and when the head has moved away from its park position, remove the power lead. With the top of the machine open, you should be able to move the print head carriage by hand. Look to the right where the head carriage is normally parked and you should see the pump cap area. It will be a black looking spongy pad covered in ink. Now take a piece of kitchen paper and fold it over a couple times to make a pad approx 3"x1". Now lay this pad over the top of the pump cap and fold the left edge down toward the base of the machine as in image one (the tissue is the yellow bit in the image) Now take a syringe or similar and put some solvent into it. The solvent I use is JR Ink Jet Cartridge flush as seen on ebay and the like. If you have any ammoniated window cleaner like Windex you can use this. Put the solvent onto the tissue making it quite damp, but not totally soaked. Manually move the print head GENTLY back to its park position. The pump cap will try to raise up to meet the bottom of the print head as you move it back. Be careful no to force it or you may break something. What we are trying to do is bring the solvent dampened pad into contact with the print head. Once located, leave the pad for 5 or 10 minutes whilst the solvent does its trick. Now move the head away from park - again being gentle. You should now see the pad is a horrible black lump of mush. Pick it out and put it in the plastic bag ? where a glove or use tweezers or pliers. Repeat the process again but this time let it to soak for just about 1 minute. You should now see the individual ink colours soaking into the pad. If the pad is still black, repeat the process a couple more times. Once you have some evidence of the individual colours you can run a head clean via the driver or printer control panel. Then print a nozzle check sheet and if all has gone according to plan you should have a full complement of lines. This method is applicable ONLY for loss of a few lines on the nozzle check sheet. If you have loss of all the lines in a single or multiple colours, you need to investigate further. It is possible that the pump has failed, the pipes are clogged or something else is causing the problem.
Posted on Mar 12, 2007
SOURCE: Lines on prints
Hi kids! I decided to have another go at sorting out my 'lines' problem and have sorted it. See if this might work for you: I had previously done the head cleaning via the printer itself - holding the central ink/paper black button for 3 secs. This time I went to the Epson 1290 window on my Mac and clicked on the utility box. Though the Nozzle check print came out fine I went ahead and did the head cleaning in this box. The next print came out almost perfect so I ran the Head cleaning again and it printed a perfect print. Hope this might work for you. Keep on trying! All the best. Trant
Posted on Mar 28, 2008
SOURCE: epson CX3650 printing gaps
Remove ink cartridges one by one and put it back in. If same thing happens, try
to do head cleaning and nozzle checks consecutively from the computer.
Start -> Control Panel -> Printers & Faxes (Windows XP) / Printers (Windows Vista) -> Printer Icon (right click) -> Printing Preferences -> Maintenance
You should be able to see nozzle check, click it and follow the prompt. Line patterns that corresponds to the colors of the ink cartridges would be printed. If breaks on the patterns appear, continue with head cleaning. Try to do this about 3 times until all patterns are complete.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
It sounds like something causing the print head to **** e.g. lack of lubrication on the track, missing teeth form the drive belt etc. Use MS Word (or something) to draw a black, magenta, cyan and yellow square, then drag the four squares so they completely overlap. Then lift up the printer top cover and print it. Watch the print head and see if you can identify the cause of the misalignment. Let me know what happens, or if you don't quite understand what I'm asking, come back at me.
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Posted on Feb 15, 2009
SOURCE: Unable to clean Epson C88 Nozzle
Hi,are the catridges genuine,if they're,head cleaning should remove the gaps unless the nozzles are clogged,theres a special solution for un-clogging in such cases.
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
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