I have an Epson sc 1290, and the black printhead seems to be blocked– the cartridge is new, and loaded properly. I fear it is because I have in the past used a refill cartridge. Has anyone else had this problem? Can anyone help?
I have had these issues before (that's why I never use refill carts anymore: false economy) You'll just have to keep running the clean cycle until it goes through. This may take several tries, and will waste tons of ink - hence the false economy of refills!
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It's quite likely that at some point in time you will have attempted to print in black only to receive an error message that you cannot print until a colour cartridge is replaced.
"If ink is not in the tubes from the head to the cartridge, air will be sucked in and therefore cause damage to the print head. This is because the nozzles are in the print head and not in the cartridge. "
What Epson are basically saying is... if this safeguard was not in place, and you sent a print request for black when a colour cartridge was empty, there is a risk of air being pulled into the printhead. This air will ruin the vacuum effect needed for the printhead to pull ink in, meaning your printhead would be at risk of never printing again.
Additionally, if any air is allowed go get into the aformentioned tubes from the head to the cartridge, any remaining ink will coagulate. Just in case you're not a scientist - coagulation in a tube/cartridge is bad, and will lead to you not being able to print again with that cartridge, or to a blocked nozzle/printhead which will require a significant amount of cleaning cycles to budge.
In all likelihood your print head has become clogged at the black ink outlet. Be aware that printheads can BURN OUT if you keep trying to print and there's insufficient ink reaching the printhead. The ink flow is relied upon to prevent overheating of the tiny resistors at the printhead. Best bet is to remove the cartridges from the printhead and then remove the printhead and try to clean it in warm water. You will find many youtube videos on suggestions for cleaning the printheads on HP printers. Do a google search for your model. If all else fails you can order replacement printheads for the part that has failed. They are not cheap so price compare. Oftentimes they will cost nearly as much as a new printer!
Have you followed the proper way of installing ink cartridge for your printer. You might want to reinstall the cartridges by following the steps on the user manual. You can check page 37 down. You may download the manual here.
Unfortunately, Epson printers demand that both black and colour cartridges are OK before the printer will work at all. Now, if you are really sure that you only want to print black, the most cost-effective solution for you is to buy an Epson Chip resetter on E-Bay. This will reset your empty colour cartridge to "full", as far as the printer is concerned. You can then happily continue with your black-only printing.
Once more have the printer to perform the ink nozzles cleaning.
If you are using a ontinuos ink system, place it at the same level than that of the printer.
With the printer in the "replace carrtidge position", put it OFF and by hand, clean the place at which the cartridge rest.
Good luck and merry christmas
Well, since you say you'll be using new cartridges you shouldn't have
any nozzle problems. About the worst case I can see would be the slight
chance of getting too much ink on the paper resulting in wet paper and
a stained platten roller. Seems like an interesting experiment over all.
Nozzle problems arise when reusing cartridges. The very thin metal film
that is the nozzle assembly gets worn down as the print head moves over
paper and after a number of pages printed the little holes that are the
nozzles get larger making for fuzzy, wetter than it should be, streaky
Remove the black ink cartridge.
Check the place where the new cartridge should go. Check for a round small piece like a bushing or a little piece of pipe, stuck at the ink entrance of the printing head. This is a piece from the old cartridge, that sometimes gets loose and remains in place,and when the new one is placed, it doesnot go down to the right place to make contact with the electric connectors in the printing head.
If nothing solves...reinstall the printer drivers.
Good luck and Merry Christmas
Yes, this printer has fixed printheads and must have ink in each color to prevent damage to the printheads. Even when printing black only each color is spit in the servicing area to keep the printhead unclogged.
Regards, Bob Headrick, Microsoft MVP Printing/Imaging
Please uninstall all related Epson Stylus Photo 1290 softwares, drivers etc. and also clean registry by using any registry cleaner. After going through all this, restart your OS and reinstall your Stylus Photo 1290. If this doesn't solve your problems, then please try this.
1) Backup all your important document from where you've install your OS (e.g. c:\)
2) Format the drive where your OS is installed (e.g. c:\)
3) Re-install your OS in fresh.
4) After completing your OS installation, install your printer.....
GOOD LUCK !!!