20 Most Recent Epson Stylus CX5400 All-In-One InkJet Printer Questions & Answers

Hello, Bill -

I had an Epson Stylus CX5400, which I loved, until a little over a year and 3 months ago. The black foam piece which was on top of the print heads tore off. I found out it was not worth having the repair work done to replace the foam piece. The estimated cost of repair work was about equal the initial purchase price of the printer.

Sadly, based on information I found on CNet.com forums, printers manufactured today are not made to last "forever". Here is one statement which I found (dated 13 Nov 2005, but still valid) which I believe covers the issues:

by though stazi / November 13, 2005

The root of the problem is the low price of inkjet printers these days. Same goes for computers and virtually everything else you buy.

Every commercial company is out to make a profit. When the product becomes commoditized -- like printers and computers -- competition is based largely on price. This means the profit the company is making per unit gets less and less, so they start looking for other ways to cut costs. Moving jobs to Mexico, then China when Mexico got to expensive, and now they're being moved to Vietnam, Nigeria, and other third world countries, because even China is getting too expensive. In addition, every corner that can possibly be cut on production usually will be cut. The quality of parts going into computers since someone started offering a sub-$2000 computer has plummeted along with the price of systems.

The very simple reality, is that the great deal you thought you got, wasn't so great after all. It's just taken until now for some of the non-monetary hidden costs to show up. This isn't to say you always get what you pay for, but typically higher end items will have higher margins on them, and be higher quality.

With inkjet printers, the printers themselves are sold at a loss usually. Printer companies make it up on the back end with inflated cartridge prices. But the printers are still constructed pretty poorly most of the time, so they will break down. Usually the cheapest route is to just buy cheap printers, and then get a new one once the supplied ink runs out. Inkjet printers aren't worth getting attached to.
(End quote)


Best wishes.

Epson Stylus... | Answered on Mar 04, 2018

they are proper mardy machines only happy when using original epson cartridges

Epson Stylus... | Answered on Sep 20, 2017

Nothing to adjust feed mechanics. If it's temporaly print, you must feeed paper 1 by 1, and when printer grab paper, push paper by hand. If it's routine print, you can adjust the pick up rubber at paper feedr mechanic. Add double tape ( 1 mm, soft) below top rubber. I have done it, and printer can grab/feed paper up to 350 grams.

Epson Stylus... | Answered on May 09, 2016

Must use included HP "starter ink" cartridges before the CISS can work. There's a 3-button sequence [OK-Cancel-Black Button] sequence when powering on that will reset the printer and bypass the "starter ink" wall you're hitting

Epson Stylus... | Answered on Apr 13, 2014

increase the space for virtual memory

Epson Stylus... | Answered on Mar 28, 2014

Ive replaced all the cartridges on my epson 5500 but still nothing prints. Any help gratefully received

Epson Stylus... | Answered on Sep 16, 2013

Lift the scanner lid and you'll find it on the left side.
Ref: http://www.manualowl.com/m/Epson/CX5400/Manual/75434?page=2

Epson Stylus... | Answered on Jul 31, 2013

Are these genuine Epson Cartridges? If not, Please try Genuine Cartridges for best results. If they ARE genuine ... take them back to the place you bought them and complain. If you already did that ... please ask your question again and mention these important facts.

Thanks for your question at FixYa.com

Epson Stylus... | Answered on Jan 09, 2012

Solution?the solution is never to buy an epson printer ever again! i bought mine early last year with the CISS and since then have give me that same red lights problems like .. forever ! the solution is to sort of take off the carttridge and put it back again. u might have to do this a few times before it actually work . and oh yeah , you have to print everday with epson cause otherwise the ink will clog !! mine is already clog, i have to buy the original ink now to unclog it but still it produce lines! Since then i have give up hope and put my epson in the box to end my misery . i;m using Canon Pixma MP142 with CISS and till now no problem !!

Epson Stylus... | Answered on Aug 24, 2011

Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent inkdrying out in the print head nozzles.
If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages, thenprint head needs replacing, but it may be expensive.
It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer thanreplace the print head.

Epson Stylus... | Answered on Jul 09, 2011

Not finding what you are looking for?
Epson Stylus CX5400 All-In-One InkJet Printer Logo

276 questions posted

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Epson Office Equipment & Supplies Experts

Cindy Wells

Level 3 Expert

6220 Answers

Muntejaya Ginting
Muntejaya Ginting

Level 3 Expert

10422 Answers


Level 3 Expert

85239 Answers

Are you an Epson Office Equipment and Supply Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

View Most Popular

Stylus Epson

  • Stylus Epson

Most Popular Question

epson stylus cx5500 resetting

  • Office Equipment & Supplies