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You can refill an Epson ink cartridge, but you will need an "SK168-II Chip Resetter" to clear and reset the cartridge memory chip. The cartridge will still show as empty after refilling and not work until it is reset. The refill ink should have come with an instruction sheet. If not check their web site for instructions. If the cartridge has been empty for a while and you can hear the sponge inside when shaking it - it has fried out and cannot be refilled. The dust particles from the dried sponge will plug up the jets.
Some aftermarket printer ink sales web sites will offer the chip resetter for Epson printers.
Check for chip connector at ink tank and at head carriage. Do replacement procedure from Epson Status monitor, follow How to.... Whhen asking to replace, unplug and plug back again securely. Or you can take to epson service center for guarantee.
Hi, one of your ink cartridges are empty, to check which cartridge needs replacing press the stop button, the carriage will move across to the left and sit below a pointer. This will point to the empty cartridge.
Press the stop button again, the carriage will move across either to display another empty cartridge or to the position to allow you to change the cartridge.
This can also be checked using the Status monitor software on the PC.
Open your printer cover and press the ink button. The cartridge under the out of ink symbol is the empty one. The following URL has the details: http://files.support.epson.com/pdf/r800__/r800__00u1.pdf#page=80 If you press the ink button again and another cartridge lines up with the out of ink symbol, record that. Repeat until the cartridge moves to the replace cartridge position. Buy all the ink you need before you attempt to replace any of the cartridges.
His could be because epson print jets plug up. and usualy cost more to repair than to purchase new printer. i had epson and now buy HP because hp when you replace the ink cartridge the spray jets are incorporated into the cartridge the only thing you have to be carefull of is that somel manufactures now put a chip on the cartridges to expire the units so they can sell you another even if you dont use the ink HP included so look for exp. date on new units. look into food warehouses like sams. costco, Bjs etc. they usualy have good prices on printers. sunday paper is also a good place to look.
i had this happen to me twice with two different people, it is highly possible that your black inks are defective, its also highly possible that one of the other inks are causing this error. take them all out, and put one and see what happens, do this one at a time until you see something screwey.
also possible, the contacts on the printhead are dirty or are pushed in.
Check the following thread, it might apply to your problem.
and just as a printer can be fooled to show a low level ink, I guess it can happen the other way around.