I recently replaced the Black ink cartridge in my CX6600. Now nothing will print. I did a nozzle check, nothing but a blank page came out. It acts likes its printing, the paper feeds thru and everything inside moves like its printing but, all I get are blank pages. I've performed the head cleaning SEVERAL times then do another nozzle check...still no improvement. Now when I check the ink levels it says the black ink is low! I just replaced it! My other ink levels are fine...help please.
Hello, I am having the same problem and have done extensive research to find out that with this exact problem you have mentioned, you must clean the printer head, nozzles, and waste ink tube. the process is a bit long and needs patience. You will have to take the print head assembly out of the sliding caddle and put it in a glass of rubbing alcohol to disolve the dryed ink within the printer head assembly. it is held in with a silver metal plate that runs across the assembly and screws to the sliding carriage. be carefull to remove the black clip on the right of the carriage to take it out. note to be careful to not pull the white info lines of the head. leave it in the glass overnight and also clean the tube that runs under the waste pad station and clean the clear waste tube as well. ....Good luck
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Re: after replacing the black ink nothing prints
Before taking out a new ink cartridge from its package, shake it four to five times.
Are you sure you have the proper ink replacement cartridge.The following Epson ink cartridges should be used in your device:
* Black: T0431 (high capacity cartridge)
or T0441 (standard capacity cartridge)
* Cyan: T0442
* Magenta: T0443
* Yellow: T0444
How did you discover the ink was low? Did the machine prompt you or was the printer not printing properly? The other colors should blend together to give you atleast some form of black. If the printer alerted you to change the cartridge...Go back through the procedure to install a new cartrige.
Follow the steps below to replace ink cartridges.
Make sure the CX6600 is on.
When the ink is empty:
Refer to the LCD panel message to see which ink cartridge is empty, then press the Color button.
When the ink is low:
Press the Setup Mode button to enter the Setup Mode and press the A button repeatedly until 5.Ink cartridge appears on the LCD panel, then press the Color button.
The ink cartridges move to the replacement position.
Make sure that the document cover is closed, then open the scanner unit.
Open the cartridge cover.
Pinch the sides of the ink cartridge that you want to replace. Lift the cartridge out of the CX6600. reinstall the same cartridge. (Try shaking it a few times again)
If none of the above works uninstall the printer. Download the newest drivers from epson and the should straighten it out.
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This should be the problem of print head ink nozzle block.The nozzle for the black ink cartridge got dry.So the ink getsdried state.It won't allow any inks passing through the micro nozzles.Head cleaning won't help with the heavy nozzle block.So try replacing a new black cartridge or else bring the printer to the nearest service center.It'll help so.
What does the nozzle check pattern show? Missing lines no doubt. Using compatible inks? I bet you are.
Run the head cleaning routine four or five times then the nozzle check pattern again. If there is improvement keep cleaning it till it is right. If no improvement, check my previous posts about intensive head cleaning.
Sorry to say but NO you can't print if there are other inks which ae empty, thats one safety features of epson printers to prevent nozzle clogging. change the other ink carts as well for you to continue printing.
if you left your printer for two weeks or more without using, the print heads may be stuffiness. In this case (aparently yours cases) you must take your printer to a authorized service, they will can clean (with a proper fluid) or replace the ink heads, if cleaning is not possible.
I had the same problem with the yellow cartridge.
Yellow quit printing, put in a new yellow and
still would not print yellow.
I had a help file, don't know where I got it, but
it suggested replacing the black ink cartridge
also, even though the black wasn't low yet.
Replaced the black, ran a few nozzle cleans and
everything worked fine. Don't know why.
-Clean the electrical contacts on the printer where the cartridge connects with alcohol. After it dries clean the same contacts with a regular pink, non-abrasive pencil eraser making sure you remove all the debris when done.
-Its also possible there is an air bubble preventing the flow of ink. You can try inserting a full cartridge of ink in the printer and letting it sit overnight then running a nozzle clean job or two. Another alternative if you have a syringe you may want to try gently forcing ink into it. If you?re really desperate you can try drilling a small hole into the cartridge to give gravity feeding a hand. BE WARNED the air hole will let ink flow pretty well and you run the chance of making a mess. Before you pull the cartridge out of the printer make sure you cover the hole with tape so the ink doesn?t make even more mess.
-Check the cartridge alignment making sure the contacts are mating to the printer.
-If it still doesn?t work I would try cleaning your nozzles. Even though I doubt you have clogged nozzles its worth a try because of the following:
If you search the Internet you?ll find that this specific model is know for failing to print some or all colors after about 1 ½ to 2 years of use, even with Epson inks. Most of the posts I?ve seen blame it on clogged nozzles but I suspect a good number of them, like yours, have another explanation for their failure. Ink jet printers use resistors to create heat to create a bubble in the ink to eject it out of the nozzle (Bubble jet) or in the case of Epson, vibrating crystals push ink into and out of the nozzles (piezoelectric).
We?ve already cleaned the electrical contacts and cleaned the nozzles so what remain are defective nozzles, short between the nozzle and the controller board or a defective controller board. Since the printer is only worth 1 or 2 hundred dollars repairs at a shop or buying these repair parts can easily exceed ½ its cost.
Hope something here works for you, I just recently had to toss a great printer too. Let us know what happens and please don?t forget to rate the posting.