Switched printer on for the first time in months( have been working overseas) and the ink cartridges moved to the centre of the printer. then to the right hand side. To which i could hear bad clicking noises as if it were jamming. Do you know what it could be?
Probably a broken gear, just maybe something like the pump mechanism which is driven from the paper feed rollor - unless of course you dropped something inside.
it really is difficult to say with out looking, the reason I suggested the above is that I am assuming it is a cyclic noise rather than a random click, clues like this would help.
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The ink path is probably plugged. Try getting some ink cleaner and a squeeze bulb to purge the path IN the printer by forcing cleaning fluid into the yellow channel (cartridge removed). After it flows, it will likely take a bit to get the yellow flowing. If you have a refill kit, you could "encourage" the flow with it. Nothing you can fix by cartridge, the problem is in the printhead.
To replace an ink cartridge using the maintenance button, follow these steps. Turn the printer on, the power light should be on and not flashing.
Open the printer cover. Press the maintenance button (ink-drop symbol). The print head moves to the black ink cartridge replacement position first. Press the maintenance button again to switch to the color cartridge replacement position.
The on-line user guide can be found here: http://esupport.epson-europe.com/ProductHome.aspx?lng=en-GB&data=FGQ8MBMpKlvPPGPcU002FJ8CcV1DwZfroADi&tc=5
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Blonde moment huh? Likely story. Follow this link for the manual for your printer. You want page 27 which will show with pictures ( for you blondes ) how to remove and replace cartridge. If this fixes your problem please rate this as fixed. If you need more help just ask.Thanks. http://files.support.epson.com/pdf/sc42ux/sc42uxu1.pdf
This is a tricky one, but there are possibilities. 1. Buy a set of epson C42 cartridges from the cheapest source and keep refilling them - you will need a (very cheap) resetter. 2. Transfer the C42 chip to the C41 cartridge - they are only clipped in place. I don't know if this will work because I only have knowledge of C42 cartridges - the C41 cartridges may be keyed so they wont fit in a C42 cartridge carrier. You may be able to identify a clone manufacturer for which this is possible. You will also need the resetter for this solution. 3. Fit a Continuous ink system (CISS) see for example http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=3569&prepg=1