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Clogged printhead ???

The printer prints well except for the yellow ink. I am pressuming that the print head is clogged or there is dried up ink, as the printer was unused for a couple of months. I have run all the nozzle checks and alignment plus head cleaner loads of times and also changed the cartridge, even though the status monitor tells me there is plenty ink. Am I on the right track and if so is there away of clearing this or is it a problem that i am not aware of . can any one help please.

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  • Robert Anderson May 15, 2007

    thank-you for the excellent advice, it worked a treat, Ithas saved me a few pounds on a new printer, thanks again Rab Anderson

  • pierreafeu Apr 03, 2008

    I recently got an Epson CX3200 but the black and magenta print-heads seem to be clogged, (there is no trace of black and magenta on my printouts, I've tried head cleanings several times (used a whole cartridge) with no results . are there other causes for my problem

  • wuljen Apr 05, 2008

    i put in new cartridges and i'm getting pink ink only

  • mr22 Jun 20, 2008

    epsom cx3200 - the colour prints fine but the black is faint and blurred. I've tried nozzle checks and head cleaning etc to no avail. I've also tried a new cartridge but still the same. Any suggestions please?

  • adel375 Jul 03, 2008

    We have yellow horisontal line accross the colour picture, have cleaned head and done allingment check lots of time and no better ?



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I recon you are bang on course to fixing this machine. I would suggest you try amanual underhead cleaning session and also follow the guides to cleaning the wick (the spike that penetrates the bottom of the ink cart) Check my previous posts for the cleaning info or if you can't find it PM me.

Posted on May 09, 2007

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    Inky Fingers May 09, 2007

    Sorry - I should have posted an address for the cleaning info posts:.

    Try this one:



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