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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Anthony, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. Anthony

    Anthony Guest

    Dear colleagues,

    I have a Epson Stylus printer 660 and it doesn´t
    transfer the Ink (with a new Ink Cartridge) to the paper,the mechanical part
    is working fine but the result is a blank paper.I think that the nozzles
    are dry "blocked" with INK on the head of the printer (Epson doesn´t include
    the head on the Cartridge it is mounted on the printer mechanisms).I search
    for cleaning kits for printers heads but it does´t exist,even Epson tells me
    that I should buy a new printer because a new head is too expensive and it
    doesn´t compensate (a new printer crazy $$$?!?!)
    Note:The Ink Cartridge hasn´t any chip on it, it´s a clean system!
    I heard that alcohol could help me on this but I am not shore what kind
    of alcohol?
    It would be very polite if someone help me on this,what should I do?


    --

    Name:Anthony
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    Thank you :)))))
    Thank You :))))
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    You can try to use regular rubbing alcohol, but pure alcohol would be best.
    This should clear the nozzles if they are not damaged. You can then blow dry
    them with a hair dryer to dry them, after cleaning them. You may have to
    repeat the process a few times. If this does not work, then you will have to
    buy a new printer.

    Next time, buy an HP DeskJet. They have some very good models for the price.
    Each time you change the cartridge on these DeskJet printers, you get a new
    set of heads. The cartridges are about 5% to 10% more expensive, but it is
    worth it. This means you get a new set of nozzles each time you put in new
    cartridges. I strongly recommend you never refill HP cartridges. You will
    then be keeping the old nozzles, and they were not designed to have refills
    done. There are less smudging and other associated problems with this
    system of having new nozzles with each cartridge change.

    The new printers that are out now, are very high in resolution for the
    amount paid. They offer a lot of performance for the price. Their results
    are also outstanding.

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    Dear colleagues,

    I have a Epson Stylus printer 660 and it doesn´t
    transfer the Ink (with a new Ink Cartridge) to the paper,the mechanical part
    is working fine but the result is a blank paper.I think that the nozzles
    are dry "blocked" with INK on the head of the printer (Epson doesn´t include
    the head on the Cartridge it is mounted on the printer mechanisms).I search
    for cleaning kits for printers heads but it does´t exist,even Epson tells me
    that I should buy a new printer because a new head is too expensive and it
    doesn´t compensate (a new printer crazy $$$?!?!)
    Note:The Ink Cartridge hasn´t any chip on it, it´s a clean system!
    I heard that alcohol could help me on this but I am not shore what kind
    of alcohol?
    It would be very polite if someone help me on this,what should I do?


    --

    Name:Anthony
    E-mail:
    Thank you :)))))
    Thank You :))))
     
  3. Engineer

    Engineer Guest

    [Top posted only to follow suit!]

    I had an HP DeskJet 500 (I think) for years - good machine, and you
    can get them for a one dollar at church bazaars (saw one yesterday!)
    I figured out quickly that I could both clean blocked print heads and
    re-fill the HP cartridge. I use to wash the head under warm water and
    blot it dry on a lint free cloth (no heat, it might dry ink in the
    small holes.) After a while it would fail to print a full character
    and did not respond to washing, and only then would I buy a new
    cartridge.

    I now run an HP LaserJet 6L at home and a 5L at the office - both have
    paper feed fault so I have to feed single sheets but, since I'm not a
    volume printer, I do this to avoid replacement cost (it's not worth
    repairing these units.)

    Now I've just acquired a used Samsung MJ-4500C fax/printer. It uses a
    Lexmark inkjet cartridge so I expect I'll be back to washing and
    filling it!

    Cheers,

    Roger
     
  4. John Jardine

    John Jardine Guest

    Unfortunately, you've had it. (I say this having junked my four stylus
    printers over the past four years).
    The Epson stylus printers are renowned (quite rightly so) . for the heads
    fatally clogging up if they are left unused for more than a 10 days.
    Occasionally you may get away with only 3 or 4 blocked nozzles after 5 or 6
    cleaning cycles. As the cartridges cost the equiv' of $40 (UK) and 6
    cleaning cycles can empty a cartridge, continual head cleaning is not an
    option.
    Occasionally a couple more of the nozzles may be recovered by the
    application of hot isopropyl-alchohol under pressure and vacuum via a
    syringe.
    On my last printer (C82) I even tried various soaks and applications of hot
    ammonia solution in a (futile) last ditch effort. After junking it I found
    the piezo droplet driver block had partly dissolved, so wouldn't suggest
    this as a viable method :).
    The Stylus printers give a magnificent print quality but only if used
    continually. Used as a real printer, they are rubbish and should be banned.
    Far too clever for their own good.

    Nb: Epson have now found their final solution to prevent users from buying
    those cheaper ink refills. ... Make the new printers only capable of working
    with the special Epson 'pigment' inks. The printers are now guaranteed to
    clog up if you use anyone elses ink refills.

    Buy any printer except Epson. You won't get that superb photo-like print
    quality but you won't have the galling reliability problems.
    regards
    john
     
  5. exray

    exray Guest

    My 2 cents....
    I had a Stylus Color 740 that simply quit doing b/w. I did all the
    screwing around with new cartridges and alcohol and Windex swabs. A bit
    of Googling revealed this b/w scenario to be most common but as usenet
    comments go, there was no authorative solution beyond the fact that the
    b/w must have crapped out.
    Out to the kit it went and my hands remained stained long after the
    kitterers hauled the printer to its final demise.
    I liked the 740 (at the time) enough to buy another used one off of ebay
    since I had plenty of spare ink carts in stock. Another 2-3 years of
    life so far for $30. Off-name cartridges only cost about 2 or 3 bux as
    opposed to those nice HP guys who may run as high as $20. After all the
    fuggups I had with my last HP printer I vowed never to go back. But it
    changes over time.
    You really can't bother fixing these things if you have other things to
    do. Get a new printer and move on to something productive.

    -BM
     
  6. Try cleaning the feed rollers with "simple green" (as it's called in the
    U.S.). Here in Israel it's called "green cleaner" or "American green cleaner".

    Geoff.
     
  7. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi...

    I have a utility that takes the place of the epson
    software that may be helpful... It's called SSI; the
    author placed it on his website for free use by any
    and all, but it's disappeared. I'm thinking perhaps
    Epson didn't like it.

    Anyway, it offers both regular cleaning and a
    power cleaning mode. You may also clean your color
    heads and b&w heads independently, thus not wasting
    ink in the one that doesn't require cleaning.

    It also allows hot-swapping of cartridges.

    It will let you reset to full the ink counter,
    or even "stall" it.

    I think the beauty of this is that you could buy
    one real cheap cartridge, hot swap it in, then
    power clean with it to see the results.

    I've used it for a couple of years, and wouldn't
    be without it.

    The only criticism I could have is that when you
    install it it wants to start when you turn on your
    computer. That means if your printer is turned off
    it waits a while and then complains. So uncheck that
    check box.

    If you'd like a copy, write me with a good email address
    and I'll send it to you.

    Take care.

    Ken
     
  8. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    I've read all the suggestions, mostly good, some bad. The only thing I
    would add, is my standard advice that: all ink is not created equal!

    Spill a little of the ink involved on a piece of glass, let it dry, then try
    your various solvents on 'that.' When you find the solution that works
    best, use it to clean the print head. If your particular solvent--be it
    alcohol, ammonia, Simple Green, gasoline (just kiddin') or just plain hot
    water--won't dissolve the dried ink on a piece of glass, it won't dissolve
    the ink clogging the head, either.

    I've owned Hp, Epson, Canon, Brother and a couple of brands I can't even
    think of now....

    No two ink formulations--even different models of the same brand--seemed to
    dissolve using the same solvent. Experiment.

    jak
     
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