asked May 19, 2004 at 1:12pm
Epson Epson Artisan 700

Epson Stylus Photo 700

Hello! I've recently bought a used epson stylus photo 700 and cleaned the printheads with the Epson cleaner as instructed. Initially the light magenta nozzles were cloggeg badly, now only three remain clogged up and the rest seem okay, but when I go to print I have yellow or red lines on whatever is printed on! (black text, background yellow or red, nasty stripes) Before the cleaning procedure everything but light red was okay, now only the blue and black prints (sometimes with or without the stripes) Could this be the end of my printhead? I've tried everything from forums and so far, nil.

Any help would be appreciated!

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 2:32pm Add comment