Question about Epson Stylus Photo RX600 All-In-One InkJet Printer
Does anyone know how to print using this printer when the color cartridges have run out of ink? I am getting a message on the LCD that says the ink is low and to replace the ink cartridges. The black ink is brand new and I should be able to print in black only. The message doesn't go away even if I remove the empty ink cartridges. Since this is an "All In One" it is even preventing me from using the scanner. Would they really make a printer that forces you to buy more ink (about $80) before you could scan anything. Any help would be great.
Posted by Josh Hinds on
Are ya sure it isn't only preventing scanning direct to printer output? Is it also disallowing scanning to file? Epson printers can´t operate if one of the cartridges is empty. There is no workaround for that. Epson printers actually use a LITTLE ink from ALL the color carts, even when you select "black only" in the driver. They do this to help keep the nozzles from clogging in the case of users who mostly print in black. Nobody [besides perhaps Epson] ever claimed Epson printers were the most efficient or environmentally-friendly ones in the world. for quite a while now Epson uses piezoelectric printheads, as opposed to the thermal heads used on most other printers. The enemy of piezo heads is air bubbles. They candamage the costly head, and that's why you cannot continue to use the printer if ANY individual cartridge runs out of ink. In fact, Epson designed its cartridges to signal "empty" when there's still around 15% (higher by some estimates) ink left! That's to make certain you can't run the cart completely dry and thereby introduce air into the head. If you don't believe that, carefully open up a spent cartridge over a sink, slice open the plastic film covering the various ink channels and rinse it out -- repeatedly push in the spring loaded outlet valve as well. There's so much ink left, it will take quite a while before the water begins to clear! It's incredibly wasteful and annoying, but it actually saves money in the long run, because it's even MORE wasteful to run tons of cleaning cycles just to purge the head once you've gotten air in the system. Aftermarket carts and ink can save lots of money, but they're a crap shoot. Fed up with OEM price gouging and scare tactics, I decided to try a clear-cartridge refill kit for my R200. The RX600 uses the same kit: http://www.inkjetcarts.us/servlet/Detail?no=8 Good Luck!
Posted on May 08, 2006
This is absolutely ludicrous. It has just happened to me. I had a Lexmark before and never encountered this problem I could print for month with just black. Epson , never again. And the cartridges are astronomical!
Posted on Jan 14, 2010
No more Epson printers for me. This is bad business. See ya later Epson. HP does the same thing, only worse -- they have DATE expirations on their print cartriges. After that date the cartridges don't work--even if they still have ink in therm. What a pack of losers.
Posted on Aug 08, 2008
I have an epson workforce 600 and the printing has gaps in it. i have replaced all the ink did several nozzle checks and head cleaning i also have tried a can of air to clean out any dust and right now it's only showing the magenta and some yellow in the nozzle check
Posted on Jan 09, 2010
SOURCE: Scan when ink cartridge is empty?
Chances are you can scan from the computer but if you are going to copy using it as standalone it will not scan- try running epson scan from computer.
Hope this help. Thanks for using Fixya
Posted on Jul 12, 2008
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Mine the same
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