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My epson cx5300 printer will not print black

Have changed the cartridge and have purformed the head cleaning several times

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  • Shirley Wilkins Apr 25, 2010

    Thank You for your reply but I do not have a paper feed button to hold down, the buttons that are on the printer are on/off. scan. recall. menu. reset. black & white. colour. stop and copies.

    The computer tells me there is a full cartridge of black ink and the other 3 colours are half full.

    When you copy in colour there is no black ink mixing with the colour.



  • Shirley Wilkins Apr 25, 2010

    Have checked the advanced settings and all is right , am still confused why the black wont print.

  • Shirley Wilkins Apr 26, 2010

    Have cleaned the cartridge and the ink is flowing but still it will not print in black. I think it is time to buy a new one as the service agent want $80 to even look at it let alone parts .Thanks

  • Shirley Wilkins Apr 26, 2010

    Have tried holding down the 3 buttons but still not printing

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To reset, hold the "Stop", "B&W", and "Power" buttons all at the same time. otherwise, use the epson chip resseter from here.
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  • Muzahura Frank Apr 26, 2010

    My friend, have you downloaded and used the Resseter? ssc utility??

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Hi! If you have performed head cleaning but still no luck. Try pulling out the cartridge and check if theres dried ink that can cause clogging of the ink. You may need to clean it by a piece of cloth and alcohol. Once cleaned the ink will flow continously. HOpe this helps and have a good one!

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Open your printer software, click settings, Click the advanced option and ensure that the color settings are properly configured and post back with your observations

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    I think you just need to get a new toner. Note that the toner is different from cartridge. Order a black toner from canon and there is good chance that it will fix the problem.

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Is it still displaying an error count for a missing cartridge after replacement alot of the time the error counts need to be reset
depending on the problem one of these four procedures should eliminate the error count and tell the printer it has black ink again

Procedure 1 We found this procedure to work for the Stylus Photo 1270 type printer, and understand that it also works for the 870 range and even earlier models like the Stylus Color 740. The error is indicated on these printers by all four lights on the printer flashing. Even if you press the power switch on the printer, the lights continue to flash, and the printer does not turn off!

  1. Turn off your printer, ensuring that the print head is at it’s home location and locked in place as normal;
  2. Power off the printer at the wall or by removing the power cable, for at least 20 seconds;
  3. When you restore power to the printer at the wall socket or by reinserting the cable, if the lights come back on straight away, the printer’s power switch was ‘on’ - switch it off and return to step 1;
  4. Hold down the paper-feed button and the button with the ink-drops next to it, and then turn on the printer, still holding the buttons down;
  5. When the paper-out LED flashes, release the buttons;
  6. Press and hold the Cleaning button, until several lights flash - this will take a few seconds (i.e. then release the button);
  7. The printer will now attempt to reset, including resetting the EEPROM memory and running a short (about 10 seconds) cleaning cycle.
Procedure 2
  1. Turn off your printer, ensuring that the print head is at it’s home location and locked in place as normal;
  2. Hold down the paper feed button only;
  3. Turn on the printer;
  4. As the paper feed light starts flashing, release the button;
  5. Immediately hold down the ink-drops button for some 10-20 seconds or until the printer springs into life;
  6. Allow printer to complete it’s processing, then turn off for a few seconds, and back on again for a newly working printer!
Procedure 3 - for 1290 and possibly 890 printers 1290 printer with green (power / data) and red (ink / paper feed) lights flashing alternately:
  1. Switch off printer with panel switch;
  2. Switch off printer at mains switch - leave off for 20+ seconds;
  3. Hold down roll feed and sheet feed buttons;
  4. Switch on at mains;
  5. Switch on at printer panel;
  6. Continue to hold down roll and sheet feed buttons until both green and red lights flash together in synchronisation, not alternately;
  7. Switch printer off and then, after a few seconds, on again at mains switch;
  8. When red and green lights are both flashing in synchronisation, release the roll and sheet feed buttons;
  9. Press and hold down the ROLL FEED button (the one at the extreme left) and keep it down until the machine finishes whirring, cleaning etc and the green light comes on steady;
  10. Release the roll feed button and all should be well.
Procedure 4 - Cheat with Software Reset Methods! There is a software reset method that can be used to reset ink levels. It is recommended to use in Epson service centers. Each printer model has specifyed service (adjustment) program which has such option like Reset Protection Counter when you need to reset the value of Wate Ink Counter. You can learn more about software reset method at this link: About Service Programs.
This programs can be used to reset a number of counters in the printer, etc. Please note that CIS users should probably steer clear of any resetting of cartridge ink levels in the printer, and you will probably need to look for the ‘Protection Counter’. Due to the risks of resetting this protection counter, it may be preferable to use the software once to reset the counter, then uninstall it so you do not inadvertently reset the counter more than once.
According to it’s own readouts, it did reset the ‘protection’ counter... but pretty much did so of it’s own accord. It then seemed to interfere with printing! However, the access to advanced cleaning function control etc looks useful. Nevertheless - use with caution as per the notes above!

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