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Ink not present when printing

I have just recently installed/replaced the black ink cartridge and now the paper is coming out blank! Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008


  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008

    error light blinks and print comes out blank.



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If the printer went through a period of disuse, I recommend you read my solution the thread at

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

  • Anonymous Aug 14, 2008

    I am going to copy the instructions into this thread for your convenience.
    The ink heads are clogged with dried ink.  

    Follow these steps:
    1) Begin saving money for a new printer.

    2) Lift the scanner to get at the ink. Remove the cartridges.
    Take cotton swabs and alcohol and clean all the ink off of the top of the heads (located in back. they're the pointy things) until you can see the holes. THE CRUCIAL STEP: Insert something-small enough to fit in the holes-all the way through every hole in every head. This should clean out the dried ink and allow your printer to continue to work.

    3) If step two doesn't work, I really hope you did step one.  
    Don't buy an Epson. They also have this other feature which prevents printing when one cartridge is empty. Even a color cartridge. I recommend a Canon, if you like name brands, or an HP.

    To Clean the Main Print Head
    Remove the ink cartridges.
    There are two screws on the gray ink lid, visible when open. Unscrew them, and then remove the lid. There are three screws inside the ink carrier. Remove them. 
    Get a pair of Needlnose Pliers and a flat-head screwdriver.
    There is a plastic plate near the front of the ink carrier, at the base. It forms a right angle with the left side. On the top of the left side portion of this plate, insert the flat-head screwdriver and lever the plate inwards. It will come off to reveal two gray cables. Take the needlenose and grasp one of the ink heads. Pull upwards and towards yourself. When you can, remove the two cables from the ports in a straight outwards direction. This should free the main print head from the rest of the printer.

    At this point, you can purchase a new main ink head or wash your old one. I am cheap and chose to wash the old one.

    Get a small tub and some rubbing alcohol. Pour the alcohol into the tub, and immerse the print head for several hours, shaking every once in a while.
    Now comes the long cycle of cleansing the head totally. Have a rag ready. Remove the head from the alcohol, and wipe off the smaller print heads (the points). Then, (here comes the crazy part) put it up to your mouth and put as much pressure as you can into all four, for about ten seconds. Turn the head over and wipe off the ink that has come out. Repeat until no more ink comes out. Then, immerse the head again, remove, and allow to dry naturally (or possibly by blowing on it). Make sure the two ports for the cables are dry.

    Reassembling the printer/Inserting a new or refurbished head

    Before pressing the head back into place, connect the cables, right one first. There is an indentation on the top side of the head for the cables to fit. Then, place the head snug into the ink carrier, front side first, angling towards the back, until it is flat. Reinsert the plastic plate. There is a small tab on the right side of it, and that goes into the slot near the end of the right cable. Press the plate back into place gradually moving towards the left, starting from the tab. Put back all three screws, two on the top and one on the middle right. Reattach the cover, with the two screws on the left and right. Reinsert the cartridges, and you should have a working printer.



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