asked Oct 12, 2003 at 6:57pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 660


Hi I have been trying to figure out this printer it worked fine and now it says check cables etc... and wont print. I have checked everything and cleaned everything, I put in new inks, helpppppp please. It was working fine now it does nothing. Anyone that can help is greatly appriciated. Thank you Tanya
Tanya: If your printer does not have any Service Error Lights/Leds flashing or on solid, then you may simply have a bad or clogged "Printhead Assembly". I'm sorry, but there's just no way for me to really know...Most of the problems people have are caused by something they did, or did not do and are not always the printers fault. No matter what anyone says, all blacks and colors are not the same. Thats why all companies patient the formulas for there inks. Epson has many different formulas just for its black ink, for all the different Epson Printers, let alone for their colored inks. Generally if you are using Non-Epson Ink Cartridges, or refilling your old cartridges, you are using the wrong ink for your printer and sooner or later you will have some type of problems, almost everyone does. Sometimes using the wrong ink, can actually damage the "Printhead Assembly", so you are taking your chances by using Third-Party or Generic ink cartridges, or even by refilling your old cartridges...If you run a "Nozzle Test" and all the nozzles are not firing/open, then its possible that they may be actually clogged, or even that the "Printhead Assembly" may be damaged or failing. At this point all you can really do is to start running sets of "Printhead Cleaning Cycles" and "Nozzle Tests" to see if you can get all those nozzles to open up and start firing again. Remember that every printhead cleaning cycle must be followed by a nozzle test, because the printer uses each nozzle test as a point of reference for the next cleaning cycle performed. You may have to run as many as 6 to 10 sets of tests, while trying to get all the nozzles to open up again. Unfortunatly all those tests waste a lot of ink and if after 10 sets of tests, the nozzles are still not open, then they areprobably clogged. If you want too, you can try using the "printhead cleaning kit", available through the home page on "fixyourownprinter.com" and see if you can get the rest of those printhead nozzles to open up again. The KIT is around $10.00 plus shipping and it includes a syringe and some Epson Printhead Cleaning Solution. Epson fluid is designed to dissolve most clogs, especially if you use Epson inks...REMEMBER: The "nozzles" inside the printhead assembly can be easily damaged by using to much force. Damage can even occur when you are using the printhead cleaning kit method, if you actually try to force the fluid thru the nozzle. Sometimes with too much force, the nozzles can be damaged. The correct method is to use the syringe to add the fluid into the nozzle and then leave the fluids set inside the nozzle for a couple of days, to try and dissolve a possible bad clog. Sometimes you might have to use the fluids several times to be able to disolve the clog in the printhead nozzles. Sometimes the clog will never disolve, or it actually damages the nozzles. The longer the clog has been in, the worse it is to remove. Again, if the cleaning fluids don't help, then its generally time to invest in a new printer. In some more expensive printers, you may want to get an estimate to replace the printhead assembly, but as a general rule, its not really economical to do in the small Epson Ink Jet Printers...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Oct 13, 2003 at 3:54pm Add comment
ok I have never used anything but the ink for epson stylus color 660 but I did clean the entire machine and rechecked all cables and new paper (kodak white) when I try to print it says
OK I have no idea what that means I have never changed it from where it has always been.
LPT1 IS WHERE IT IS..........Thanks for your help Denny but I am still printerless......=(

by cg on Oct 13, 2003 at 11:21pm Add comment
Tanya: It sounds like your problem may be coming from your Computer System, rather than your actual Printer. To find out, I would recommend that you try running your printer as a Stand Alone Printer, not connected to a Computer System. Unhook the printer cable from the back of the printer, with the power cord still plugged in to the wall and paper loaded normally. Turn the printer off for 10 seconds or so, to clear out any remaining DATA or Information that may still have been in the printers system, from when the Computer was previously connected. Now reach over and turn the printer on as normal. The printer should come on and go to a normal Ready Condition, with no Error Lights on. If you get an Error Light on, then you know you have a problem in your printer. If there are no Error Lights on, then you want to run your printers "Internal Epson Self-Test Page", directly from the printer itself. As not all Epson Printers are always the same, you should refer to your User's Manual/Owners Manual for the correct procedure on how to run your printers Self-Test Page. Normally [on most models] you simply reach over and hold-in on the Paper Button, while you reach over and turn the Power Button back on, as normal. Continue to hold in on the paper button for about 3 to 5 seconds, but release the power button after turning your printer on. Release the paper button once you can hear and see the printer starting to initialize and start to pull-in a piece of paper. The printer will print out an Internal Epson Self-Test Copy, which will also have a "Nozzle Test" on it. If everything is working correctly in the printers Paper Feed Assembly and Carriage Assembly/Cartridge Assembly, the self-test copy should be printed out and correctly fed thru the printer...AS A GENERAL RULE: If the self-test page prints out correctly, then usually your printer is working normally. This does not mean your printer may not be dirty, or have another service related problem, or even bad cartridges. It just means the printer is basically working normally as far as the internal tests go. You could run this self-test several times [just be sure], but usually if it works once it will do the same again. If your printer is working ok, then your problem could be in your Computer System/PC: bad drivers, bad printer cable, bad software, incorrect internal PC settings, possible hardware problems [parts problems], etc. I'm sorry, but I don't really work on Computer Systems/PC's, so I can't help you with those type problems. Remember that this is actually a Printer Repair Site and you may need help from a Computer Technician, rather than a Printer Technician...If the self-test does not print out normally, then you can assume the problem is in your printer. Usually that would be a problem in the "Logic Board/Main Board Assembly" and unfortunatly, that is not normally economical to replace. You can usually buy a new printer cheaper, then having your old printer repaired...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Oct 15, 2003 at 9:30am Add comment