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Re: Epson printing not printing
If you have already tried 3 consecutive head cleanings and nozzle check from the computer, tried reseating the inks and tried replacing the ink and it still acts like its printing but just provides a blank page chance are your printer already has hardware issue. The ink delivery system is already clogged. If your printer is still within the 1-year warranty period I suggest that you call Epson Tech support for more options otherwise, you would need to get the product repaired by an Epson certified service center. To locate a servicer in your area click on the link http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/SuppProductSearch.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes
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From older Epsons: If the ink cartridges are empty (red light on), hold the ink switch 3 seconds to move the print head to the left. If they are not empty, hold paper switch until print head moves left. Once you remove a cartridge you can't reuse it, even if there's ink in it according to Epson.
Since the printer insists on having all 4 cartridges (non-empty) fitted before it will print anything, the only recourse to fitting new cartridges is to fool the printer into thinking your empty magenta cartridge has ink in it. You can do this by using a cartridge resetting tool to reset the magenta cartridge chip so it reads "full". A resetter tool can be obtained from e-bay very cheaply (£4 or less). You will find sellers who ship worldwide on E-Bay UK.
Be aware though, that if you forget to select monochrome printing, the colour ink is also used in black printing - and printing with a "dry" cartridge can damage the print head. You can guard against this by filling your magenta cartridge with distilled water.
You will also find sellers of magenta cartridges (and the others of course) on E-Bay UK who ship worldwide.
The colours in the 3 colour cartridges are cyan, magenta and yellow. If you want to print "red", this requires a mixture of magenta and yellow. Thus if only yellow is printed when you should be printing red, it means the magenta is not printing i.e. faulty/empty magenta cartridge or faulty/blocked magenta nozzles.
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hey generaly if you dont have any one of that two cartridge then it wont allow you to pring so you need both cartridge in their position
but it is not necessary that both cartridge will be in working condition
so if you want only black and white prints you just need black cartridge in working condition and one colour cartridge in its position even if its empty then also it works but if you dont put colour cartridge in printer it wont allow you to print through black also
Sometimes, when you replace the cartridge of Epson printers, some bubles of air get inside the print head. In this case you have to do the procedure of head cleaning several times (sometimes 10 repetitions of the procedure are needed). You can clean the printer heads and make a test after each cleaning, to see if it was enough.
I hate Epson. Had problems with Stylus C82 and now my replacement Stylus C86 has given me nothing but trouble.
I've just replaced all four ink cartridges and now when I print I'm only getting blank pages. I uninstalled, reinstalled, and nothing is working. I even called Epson, twice, only to be routed to the Phillipines where neither person was very helpful, in fact, had a hard time understanding their English. So this is what I;m going to do. I'm taking this bloody Stylus C86 outside and smash it with a hammer..then I'm going to buy a HR Printer...and if anybody from Epson reads this...good luck...your products SUCK!!
There can be problems with cheap cartridges.
Try another brand just to be sure.
But if the printer is faulting- I don't think it is - it will have to be replace, there not a repair option.
It it is fairly new - try the Epson web site - a low cost swap out replacement may be on offer,
The printer determines the amount of ink left in the cartridge by counting the number of ink "shots" when printing, head cleaning etc. This information is stored in the "chip" on the cartridge. Thus, it is not an actual measurement of the ink left, but an estimate calculated by subtracting the total shots from the original full ink quantity. This estimate can sometimes be grossly in error, usually due to a cartridge replacement not being carried out correctly. However, for all four cartridges to be suddenly out of ink is odd. The cheapest way to check this out is to buy a chip resetter on e-bay (currently one for sale at £3.25). Reset all your cartridges to "full", and see if the printer will now recognise them as full. If so, you can buy a new set OK. If the printer still says the cartridges are empty, post a new comment to this effect and we can provide further help.