ESP 5 Printer purchased 2/17/09
Every time I want to print something, I have to clean the print heads to assure I get a good copy. If I try printing several text pages in "Best" mode, the ink starts to fade by the 4th page and turns a light reddish color. I'm going through ink cartridges like crazy. I just installed the fifth set of cartridges. I have my printer default set to B&W draft to minimize ink usage.
Here is my page count:
Borderless pages 140
Plain pages 1402
4x6 pages 17
8x10 pages 1171
Special paper pages 61
Copy jobs 88
Copy pages photo 21
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Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent blocked print head nozzles. You may have blocked print head nozzles. Try the printer maintenance to clear the printer nozzles. After several deep cleaning attempts and there is no improvements in the print then a new print head is required. A new print head maybe expensive and it maybe more cost effective to purchase a new printer.
Try the printer maintenance to clear the printer nozzles. After several deep cleaning attempts and there is no improvements in the printthen a new print head is required. A new print head maybe expensive and it maybe more cost effective to purchase anew printer.
This issues looking printer head problem. check the following Steps for cleaning printer head :
Click on the Start button if you have Windows XP. If you have Windows Vista, click the Windows icon that resides in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
Click on "Control Panel," then "Printers and Other Hardware." Finally click on "View Installed Printers or Fax Printers."
Right-click on the name of your printer and choose "Printing Preferences." This should open a new window; next look for a tab or button marked Maintenance, or something similar.
Find the button that says "Print heads" or "Clean the Print heads" and click on it. You may be asked to choose which print heads; choose them all if you are. Make sure there is paper and ink in your printer, and that it is turned on ahead of time.
Take out the page your printer has printed and see if there are any grids or boxes missing. If there aren't, then you can just exit the program--your print heads are not clogged. If there are grids missing, then click on the "Cleaning" or similarly worded button.
Once the cleaning process has completed, print another page to be sure that your print heads are no longer clogged. If they are still clogged, repeat Steps 1-5 until your printer is printing clearly.
Remove the cartridges. After this, remove the print head unit. Take some soft cotton tips and alcohol. Clean the print head unit until there is no ink on the lower end of it. Dry the print head of so that no alchol remains on it. next replace the print head and cartridges in the unit. Run the printer through a cleaning and alignment then print a test page.
if the problem persists, you can contact kodak and get a new print head from them. Sometimes you can get one for free, other times you may pay 1/2 the price of the printer. Having the print head seperate is how the ink for these are so cheap.
I have replaced my Kodak ESP Printer head twice in two years. I'm with who ever said Kodak refuses top acknowledge the problem. The customer service told me that all printers have problems and they get very few complaints. I dont think I'm buying anymore Kodak products.
you did not specify the printer model but make sure you never ever clean the print head with any damp cloth or paper or anything coz if you do then you would end up damaging the print head............if it is a kodak printer except 5100 and ESP 3 then press the menu button on the printer and go to clean print head and in ESP series it is under maintenance and press ok on it and do a basic clean.......if it is 5100 or ESP 3 then open home center and click on the question mark on the top right of the home center and click on maintenance on the right hand side and there would be the option to clean the print head...........you can use the home center option with all the kodak printers but as there is not LCD on 5100 and ESP 3 so it is always done from the home center........let me know if this was helpful........
try copying something from the printer in standalone mode and check if the same issue or not.....if it is then try and do print head cleaning from the menu option and if still does not resolve call kodak tech support as it is print head issue and needs replacement..........if the copy comes out fine and faded print is only when trying to print from the computer then it could be a software issue