asked Feb 7, 2004 at 12:35am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 740

Epson 740 problem

I have an Epson 740 with full black and colour cartridges. The problem is, when I print out black text, some lines are fainter than others. It is still readable, but it is inconsistent.

I have tried a cleaning cartridge in the printer, but that is no help.

Does anyone know how I can fix this problem?

Thanks in advance,
It could be caused by a ink build-up on the face of the print head. Which is fairly easy to fix just read this link http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/phface.html If you have a clogged print head try here http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/printhead.html and it you need a test to print try this one http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/color.html

I hope this helps.

by unknown on Feb 7, 2004 at 2:09am Add comment
Hi Wes

Thanks for the links, but they don't work, they only go to paysforsurveys website.

Do you know if they are correct?

by unknown on Feb 7, 2004 at 3:15am Add comment
The links work. But the site is hosted by a free hosting company so sometimes they do redirect you to a different page. Try the links again and see if you get the pages next time.

Maybe the site was being updated.

by unknown on Feb 7, 2004 at 9:24am Add comment

Unfortunately they still don't work.

by unknown on Feb 7, 2004 at 10:21am Add comment
Here is the text portion of the it will help just no photos. It is strange though I can access the pages with no problems maybe the site is getting too many visitors to it. Anyway here is the text.

First thing is to get the carriage to move into the ink cartridge replacement position Usually pressing the paper feed button will make the carriage move. Once the carriage moves from it's "parked" position just unplug the printer.

In addition the flushing the print heads of old ink and unclogging it the face of the print head can attract dust, paper lint and pet hair. You can clean the face of the print head using a folded paper towel or coffee filter. Sometimes you will need to cut the paper towel or coffee filters into strips ¾ of an inch to 1 inch wide.

Then dampen the paper towel or coffee filter with warm distilled water (you will want the paper towel/coffee filter to be damp but not dripping) Now you place the damp paper towel/coffee filter in the path of the print head. Then pass the carriage over the paper towels/coffee filters to remove the foreign matter from the face of the print head. (see photo)

As you slide the print head over the paper towel/coffee filters a few times you will start the see the debris is being removed from the face of the print head. It is not uncommon to perform this process several times to completely remove all of the foreign matter from the print head's face.

by unknown on Feb 7, 2004 at 10:54am Add comment
no print
by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2004 at 12:56pm Add comment
Hi Wes

I have tried cleaning the printhead like you said, but it has made no difference.

Is there anything else I can try?

by unknown on Feb 7, 2004 at 2:48pm Add comment
It could be a partially clogged print head. Try running the print head utility a few times. Clean the print heads by performing a head cleaning followed by printing a nozzle check pattern. A head cleaning and nozzle check pattern must be performed as a cycle. After printing a nozzle check pattern, examine the printed dot pattern. Each staggered horizontal and straight vertical line should be complete, with no gaps in the dot pattern. If there are gaps in the dot pattern, continue with another cycle. Perform up to 3 cycles if necessary.

If that does not help then you can buy the print head cleaning kit from this site http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/kea0.html and try this link for more info (New link from mirror site) http://www.wesesweb.web1000.com/printhead.html


by unknown on Feb 7, 2004 at 4:01pm Add comment