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Status Monitor says ALL ink cartridges empty

This printer sence I bought it new 7 months ago has been a great printer with great results and no problems with this printer even though I have used after market ink for it as I have for all my printers for many years without much trouble.

Today I turned it on and it said all of my ink cartridges were empty.
This could not be as I have replaced all of the cartridges within the last week.

I took all of them out and placed them back in and all showed fine but one which I took back out and placed back in and all again showed as empty.

I took the emptiest one and replaced it with a new one and it also showed empty along with the rest.

I took all of them back out and cleaned all the contacts with an eraser and wiped with a clean cloth and replaced all the cartridges and Still all showed empty.

I uninstall ed the driver and rebooted and with the new driver installed all still had the same results.

I replaced all the cartridges with a different brand of compatible ink and still the same results.

I then called Epson and they ran me through diagnostic. (everything I have already done),
and one last thing.
"What brand of ink are you using in your printer? Is it genuine Epson ink"?

No, I can't afford "Genuine Epson ink".

"Well, replace with genuine Epson ink and call us back and if it still does not work we will tell you what to do with it next."

I can buy a new R260 Epson printer for less then I can buy the "genuine Epson ink".

Anyone got any ideas other then the obvious?



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I went through 4 EPSON Printers because I liked the quality of the print-outs. I wanted to be loyal to EPSON but I have changed my mind. Continuously reading, that parts in my printer are at the end of theit life expectancy made my think again. EPSON Printers are of inferior quality mechanically.
I am now owner of HP printers, where I always get a new printhead when I insert a new cartidge, aftermarket, refilled or not.
Get away from Epson!!!

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Using recycled ink cartridges in your inkjet printer is never a more economical way to do colour printing, unless you are willing to become a master technician on your particular product and have ready access to print heads and machine engine unit replacements, you will also need manufactures service software/website to reset waste counters/error codes.

It is expensive to print in colour full stop. Printing cost is at least 30cents inkjet and 10cents toner/laser per sheet

Laser b/w and colour is far cheaper per sheet, but setup costs are one time expensive but they are also a lot more reliable printing system.

Your machine will stuff up sooner rather than later when using non genuine consumable, and when it does it will cost more than the machines worth to even look for repair, so be prepared if choosing this road to purchasing a new printer every few cartridges if you are lucky.

If your using non genuine products and you want machine looked at by a professional the first thing you will need to do is install all genuine products in to your machine to allow correct fault diagnostics to be done, this is before any repair cost that maybe incurred.

Recycled/refills/aftermarket ink cartridge faults include – not recognizing ink, poor print quality, error codes, wont come to ready, erratic carriage movement, lines, waste counter issues and also paper feed problems, circuit board/connection faults caused by leaked ink .Not all faults are immediately apparent it takes time for the poison ink to replace that in the supply system then issues begin.

Cheap printing can be achieved using b/w lasers they cost less than 2 cent per sheet and have a brilliant reputation for print quality and dependability. Then if you need the occasional colour go to the shop, let them have the hassle, stress, time and expense of running the machines and the cost is still relatively cheap to you.

There are many consumers still printing with 10 year old laser machines, you would be extremely lucky to find a 3-5 year old inkjet.

If you must recycle well buy one that has already been proven to be adaptable to the concept, so that means go back to older units that went so clever.

Older Lexmarks, Epsons and HP were once easy targets, there was and is a lot of development gone into managing bulk ink deleivery systems, software has been cracked and parts can be sourced.

Inkmizer canon/epson bulk ink modified printers

Chipresetter be prepared for some frustrations and mess.

P.s. Most new machines come with starter inks that do not contain as much as new ones ussally 3ml instead of 5ml to enable cheaper selling cost, but also note that about 2ml of ink is in the tubes that run from ink carts to print head.

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