Question about Epson Stylus Color 440 InkJet Printer
There is very likely a few plugged print head on your black cartridge. The printer or its software should have some maintenance options to do a cleaning.
Otherwise, you would need to try a new cartridge to see if the problem reproduces itself or take a look inside. There are a few possibilities.
#1: Some dirt/dust/hair/etc... has gotten stuck under the print carriage and is blocking certain print heads, unlikely as you would get some spotching and messy prints.
#2: The contacts behind the cartridge either on the cartridge or in the carriage are dirty and blocked so the signal is not getting to some of the print heads.
#3: The trailing cable going from the engine board to the carriage is damaged and is causing some printheads not to fire.
#4: The engine board is faulty, unlikely since the printer still seems to print well.
The short answer is that it's not economical to repair the printer further than replacing the cartridge. If you're fairly certain the cartridge is clean or that a new cartridge won't or hasn't fixed the problem then it's time to replace your printer.
Posted on Aug 18, 2008
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