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My Epson Stylus CX5400 goes through the entire printing process, but what comes out of the machine is extremely faint and sparse - not readable at all. I've replaced all of the ink cartridges. What else could be going on?

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1) Click on the printer icon and check to see if there is an ink saving feature on this printer.

2) The following link takes you to the nozzle check section of the FAQ's.
http://files.support.epson.com/htmldocs/cx54__/cx54__rf/wwhelp/wwhimpl/common/html/wwhelp.htm?context=EpsonHelp&file=problems.htm#wp999216

3)On Apple computers the wrong driver may be installed.:


function setViewedFAQCookie(oid, foid) { var viewedCookie = "EP_viewed_faqs" + oid; var viewed = cookie.Get(viewedCookie); var viewedS = new String((viewed == 'null') ? '' : viewed); var found = viewedS.indexOf("" + foid); if ( found == -1 ) { var newViewed = foid + ((viewedS == '') ? '' : (":" + viewedS)); cookie.Set(viewedCookie, newViewed, null, "/", ""); } } Q: Since I upgraded to Macintosh OS X 10.5 (Leopard), my printouts are faint. What should I do? A: Make sure you're not using the Macintosh OS X 10.5 Gutenprint driver. Follow these steps to check if you're using the Gutenprint driver and change it if necessary:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Click Print & Fax.

  3. If necessary, click once on your printer's name in the Printer list. (You don't need to do this if only one printer driver is installed).

  4. If you see Gutenprint next to your printer name, go to step 5 to change the driver. (The Epson Stylus Photo RX620 appears in the example below, but you'll see your printer or all-in-one name instead).

    If you see only your printer's name, you're using the correct driver, and you can skip the remaining steps.

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  5. Turn off the printer.

  6. Click the sw_mac_2_er.gif button to remove the printer from the Printers list, then click OK.

  7. Turn on the printer. Your computer should add the printer automatically.

    If your computer does not add the printer or if it adds the Gutenprint driver again, contact Apple for assistance. You may need to reinstall the Epson drivers provided with Macintosh OS X 10.5.

    Note: To check ink levels, click the Utility button, then click EPSON StatusMonitor. The Supply Levels button will not show remaining ink

Posted on Jan 01, 2011

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jan 01, 2011

    If the nozzle test shows output that is ok, then the problem may be traced to a software or firmware update that is required to make the printer output quality images.

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  8. Before you remove the new cartridge from its package, shake it four or five times.

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2. Press a MENU button until you see CHANGE CARTRIDGE, then press the COLOR COPY BUTTON. The ink cartridges will move to the replacement position.

3. Lift up the unit's cover, to access the ink cartridges.

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6. Carefully lower the scanner and press it down until it clicks into place. The EPSON Stylus CX5400 begins charging the ink delivery system.
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