asked Oct 13, 2003 at 8:40pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

Not Printing

We've had a Epson Stylus 600 & one of the earlier I-Macs for about 5 years. From time to time the nozzle & head cleaning utilities were used & always corrected any printer problems.

Lately the problems have become more frequent. And the last time the gaps & faint areas appeared the black ink light was flashing .. so the cartridge was also replaced.

Now, the printer seems to be going thru all the the normal steps, except the paper comes thru blank. Also, the lower (colored) Nozzle Check Pattern is perfect but there is not a trace of black print. Repeated cleaning attempts & even a 2nd ink cartridge have been to no avail. And I haven't yet been able to find a solution in FAQs or other manual data.

Can someone help or is a new printer in order?

Thanks in advance,
Anonymous: Just to let you know, I do not work for "" or even "Epson Company". There's of course no way for me to actually know whats wrong with your printer and it's even possble that you may even have an actual HARDWARE PROBLEM [such as: bad printhead assembly or failing main board assembly], or your printhead may just be clogged. Most of the problems people have are caused by something they did, or did not do and are not always the printers fault...SOME EXAMPLES: Refilling your own cartridges, or having them refilled, buying Third-Party ink or Generic ink [Non-Epson Ink or Ink Cartridges is the wrong ink and can cause problems and sometimes even damage], removing the ink cartridge and then reinstalling it on older models of Epson Ink Jet Printers [resets internal ink counter automatically and your printer will not know when the ink actually runs out and usually clogs], never cleaning and servicing your printer [dust, dirt, lint and hair cause problems and wear], not using your printer for long periods of time [ink dries out in the nozzles and can cause clogs], not keeping your printer covered up when its turned off and you are not using it [help stop the dust, dirt, lint and hair from collecting inside your printer and causing problems], or not turning your printer OFF & ON by using the printers ON/OFF Switch [using a main switch on a Power Strip or Surge Protector, can damage the printhead assembly]. At this point about all you can really try is a "Printhead Cleaning Kit", to see if there may actually be a clog. If you want too, you can try using the "printhead cleaning kit", available through the home page on "" and see if you can get those black 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 15, 2003 at 10:15am Add comment
Jesus Denny do you ever breathe in?

by unknown on Oct 30, 2003 at 8:11am Add comment