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Will not print black despite full ink cartridges have cleaned etc etc

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It sounds like a blocked print head. You would need to try another one but before you do. Ask the machine to print something. when you hear the carriage moving kill the power. You can now move the carriage to the left side of the machine. Look into the right side with a torch and you will see two squares with rubber edging. these are the filters to the purge until. The left one is for black and right for colours. You can prise out the left filter and wash it. refit and run cleaning again. If it works great if it does not then a new printhead is the answer.

Posted on May 28, 2011

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SOURCE: Black ink print failure after cartridge replaced

The Edge, -Clean the electrical contacts on the printer where the cartridge connects with alcohol. After it dries clean the same contacts with a regular pink, non-abrasive pencil eraser making sure you remove all the debris when done. -Its also possible there is an air bubble preventing the flow of ink. You can try inserting a full cartridge of ink in the printer and letting it sit overnight then running a nozzle clean job or two. Another alternative if you have a syringe you may want to try gently forcing ink into it. If you?re really desperate you can try drilling a small hole into the cartridge to give gravity feeding a hand. BE WARNED the air hole will let ink flow pretty well and you run the chance of making a mess. Before you pull the cartridge out of the printer make sure you cover the hole with tape so the ink doesn?t make even more mess. -Check the cartridge alignment making sure the contacts are mating to the printer. -If it still doesn?t work I would try cleaning your nozzles. Even though I doubt you have clogged nozzles its worth a try because of the following: If you search the Internet you?ll find that this specific model is know for failing to print some or all colors after about 1 ½ to 2 years of use, even with Epson inks. Most of the posts I?ve seen blame it on clogged nozzles but I suspect a good number of them, like yours, have another explanation for their failure. Ink jet printers use resistors to create heat to create a bubble in the ink to eject it out of the nozzle (Bubble jet) or in the case of Epson, vibrating crystals push ink into and out of the nozzles (piezoelectric). We?ve already cleaned the electrical contacts and cleaned the nozzles so what remain are defective nozzles, short between the nozzle and the controller board or a defective controller board. Since the printer is only worth 1 or 2 hundred dollars repairs at a shop or buying these repair parts can easily exceed ½ its cost. Hope something here works for you, I just recently had to toss a great printer too. Let us know what happens and please don?t forget to rate the posting.

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Hello,
It may be problem in print head or purge unit, bzt first did you try with print head cleaning under printer properties/preferences?Try few times, if not, remove ink crg., remove print head, take lint free clotch and moisture it with destilled water and put the print head on it few minits, then dry it with anoter lint free cloth.Put it back in and repeat the head cleaning and nozzle check.

If not helpfull replace print head and purge unit with absoerber

Posted on Mar 06, 2010

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SOURCE: Kodak 5300 printer: I just changed the black ink

From what i understand with the kyocera colour printers theres a menu option to print black as black opposed to a combination of the colours. I'm not too sure where it is, however it sounds like the kodak is very simular and is using the colours to create black instead of using the blank ink cartrage.

Posted on Jun 08, 2010

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