Soon after putting in a new Epson Black ink cartridge, printer now does not print anything. Can communicate and send any print information document to Printer. Paper feeds ok, Print cartridge holder carriage moves and seems to carry-out printing operation alright, but no printing of ink of any colour appears on paper.
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Re: Epson Stylus C66 inkjet Printer does not print !
Have you tried a cleaning cycle? If not, try one. Now run a nozzle check using the status monitor (right click the little printer icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select nozzle check). Is there any sign of ink on the paper. Try up to three cleaning cycles. If ink is now flowing, but not yet perfectly, don't carry out any more cleaning cycles. Just leave the printer for 24 hours (to allow any air in the print head to disperse). Then repeat the cleaning cycle/wait process. It may take a while to restore a perfect nozzle check print. If these actions produce no positive results, report back.
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Have a real good cleanup of the ink that was (presumably) leaking from the old black cartridge. Remove the cartridges from the cartridge carrier and use kitchen paper towel to soak up any ink in the bottom. Give the cartridge outlet holes a dab on the towel as well. Replace the cartridges promptly.
Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head moves, pull the power cord out of the back. You should now be able to (carefully) move the print head by hand. Place a layer of paper towel on the printer track, and move the print head across it to mop up any surplus ink. Move the print head across to the left out of the way and use kitchen towel to mop up surplus ink in the Print Head parking area.
Now turn the printer on and carry out a cleaning cycle (right click the little printer icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select clean). Now run a nozzle check (right click the little printer icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select nozzle check). Are there any extra black lines in evidence now? If so, try another 1 or 2 cleaning cycles and nozzle check. Black lines gone now?
If you still have the black lines, come back with a new comment.
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Im sorry to inform but yes, Epson ink jet printers require all of the ink cartridges to have ink in them in order to print any color, black and white, or grayscale images. Epson printers contain a permanent print head that needs to be charged with all colors to work. Even when users are printing black text only, a small amount of color ink is used to keep the print head charged for color printing and prevent air bubbles from entering the color print nozzles which can damage the print head. Therefore, once one of the cartridges are expended, the printer signals you to replace the cartridge in order for printing to continue.
Chances are the printer needs maintenance, you can actually send it to a repair center to replace the inkpads for your printer, try this link for information and you can download as well the utility from this site after registering:
Your printer has a one year warranty if its still within the warranty call epson if not try this site www.epson.com/loyalty and try the passcode minute or market and register. Hope this help. pls dont forget to rate solution. Thanks!!
Yes, under the print setting, when you choose to print in grayscale, there should be an option somewhere that says what iks to use. Select the option that says Black Cartridge Only. If this does not work, then it could be the printer is programmed no to run without all of the cartridges installed. Hope this Helps You
The Epson FAQ lists several techniques for resolving this problem.
There is also an animation on how to replace the ink cartridges.