asked Nov 16, 2003 at 1:24am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

Epson Stylus Color 600

I have an Epson Stylus Color 600 which is many years old and several years unused. I have just tried to reinstall it as our main printer and bumped into a problem: it will not print black. I bought a new cartridge, then another... will not print black. Color printed fine, though.
I bought the 'cleaning kit' from this web site and followed directions, but this did not get the black to print. Now the color won't print either.
My guess is that all of the 'head cleaning' cycles I put it through must have used up the color ink (or maybe removing it and replacing it might have rendered it useless?)
But assuming that the color heads are not destroyed, might anyone have an idea as to why the black will simply not print? (If it would be the actual head, it pays to buy a new printer instead) My thought on the black is: might my opening it and closing it have rendered the ink useless? and by replacing it again (#3!) would this possibly help?
Any input from someone who deals in this field or from someone who has had a similar issue, would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You.
Sometimes you will need to clean the print heads several times before they are fully operational again. Try warming the cleaning solution you have and try these instructions http://www.wesesweb.web1000.com/printhead.html In some cases letting the print soak for a while will do the trick. In addition to the solution cleaning you may need to have the printer do several cleanings to get the ink flowing again.

I hope this helps.

by unknown on Nov 16, 2003 at 1:37am Add comment
Thanks, but I did many many cleanings... so the only thing I can think of would be time- simply let it sit... and I'll try warming the solution if time doesnt help. Thanks for the link.
by unknown on Nov 16, 2003 at 2:18am Add comment
Levi: Unfortunatly, letting it sit is what caused your problem in the first place. Epson Printers need to be used often to keep the tiny Printhead Nozzles open and the ink inside them fresh, or the ink can dry out and cause a CLOG. Even if a printer was not used for more than a couple of months, the ink in the nozzles may have dried out and turned into a CLOG and you may not even be able to get the CLOG to dissolve. After several years of non use, your chances of ever getting all of those printhead nozzles to open fully are all most zero. Its probably not even worth the effort to order and try a Printhead Cleaning Kit, but at this point, thats the only other thing you can try. You might want to try using the "printhead cleaning kit", available through the home page on "fixyourownprinter.com" and see if you can get the 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. You can try it if you want to and see if you can get the printhead nozzles to open up again...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 style printers...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Nov 17, 2003 at 4:38pm Add comment