asked May 7, 2004 at 3:20am
Epson Epson Artisan 700

Epson Stylus Photo 700


I've got two Epson Stylus Photo 700's. One of them has a good print head and I want to swap it. (The other one is more than likely clogged even after multiple cleanings) Will this operation work or am I missing something?


Vix...Conserning that 700 with the good Printhead Assembly: Have you been using that printer with the good printhead in it and know that its not clogged? If so, then why would you want to actually swap the printhead in the working printer, with the clogged printhead assembly in the other 700? I'm sure you have some reason, but you did not state it, in your posting. If the good printhead assy has not actually been used in some time, it may also now be clogged. If you have two 700's and one has a good Printhead Assembly, I would simply use the good printer, unless there is another problem, that you did not mention. The chances of damaging that good printhead assy, when removing it and reinstalling it, is pretty high and the Factory Settings will also be off. Normally, you would also need a Service Manual to refer to, for all the required settings on the good printhead, when you install it into the other printer. Each printhead is set at the factory, to the printer it is installed into...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on May 7, 2004 at 10:21am Add comment
What is it that you are trying to accomplish? Installing a print head requires an adjustment program to write the print head voltage value into the main board. Mechanical alignment of the print head must also be performed.
by Ron on May 7, 2004 at 10:22am Add comment
Thank you for the advice.

Well, change of plans. One of the heads is definitely dead after coming back from service.

The second printer WAS working fine until I tried cleaning it with Epson Cleaner as instructed. (similar post I did today). Now all that prints is blue and black, sometimes red (faintly) and the background is striped with yellow and red, depending on the density settings. Is this the end? All but 3 nozzles on the light red are clogged, the rest have been unclogged but the print quality apart from black and blue is far from where it should be. The pritner used to print all colors but red perfectly due to clogged nozzles on the red and now the quality of the remaining colors is awful.

Any suggestions? Thanks for your time!

by unknown on May 19, 2004 at 1:25pm Add comment
Vix: It's of course possible that you may have an actual HARDWARE/PARTS PROBLEM [bad Printhead Assembly]. Its also possible that you may not actually be able get the printhead assembly to work again, especially if you were using Non-Epson Inks or Ink Cartridges. The "nozzles" inside the printhead assembly can be easily damaged by using to much force on the plunger of the syringe. Damage can even occur when you are using the Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution method, if you actually try to force the fluid thru the nozzle. To much force/pressure can damage the little tubes inside the Nozzle Assembly and then it will never work again. One individual printhead nozzle is so tiny, that it will not accept a human hair. You can see why they can get clogged so easily, or even why the nozzles can be so easily 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 day or two, to try and dissolve a possible bad clog. Sometimes you might have to use the fluids several times to be able to dissolve 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. If the Epson Cleaning Solution does not 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 smaller Epson Ink Jet style printers. You can generally buy a new small printer cheaper than you can have your old one repaired for. EXAMPLE: The printhead assembly in the "C80" Printer sells for around $120 to $130...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on May 19, 2004 at 2:28pm Add comment