unknownasked Jun 29, 2004 at 8:44am
Epson Stylus Color 600
Epson 600 doesn't recognize new ink cartridge
I was printing a document on my Epson 600 and the black ink ran out. I held down the head cleaning button until the carriage moved over then replaced the cartridge. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a print job. Now I have a brand new black ink cartridge and a status light that says that the black ink cartridge is empty. Of course the printer doesn't print. Is there a way I can convince my printer that the black ink cartridge is full?
Mark: When you did not correctly install that new cartridge, the printer did not go thru "New Cartridge Initialization" and thats why the Ink Light/Led did not turn off and why the Ink Level Indicators, did not reset on the Status Monitor. Unfortunatly, once you remove the incorrectly installed ink cartridge, the internal air pressure will escape. Even when you correctly reinstall that same cartridge, it may be hard to get that ink to start to flow again. At this point, all you can really do [other than installing another new & sealed ink cartridge] is push that black ink button, remove the previously installed cartridge, reinstall it and then press the black ink button again. That will cause the printer to go thru new cartridge initialization and reset both the ink error light and the ink level indicator. If the black does not print correctly, remember that its do to the loss of internal air pressure and all you can do is run sets of "Printhead Cleaning Cycles" and "Nozzle Tests", to try and get the ink to start flowing again. You may have to run several sets of cleaning cycles and nozzle tests [up to 6 to 10 sets], to be able to get the ink to start flowing again normally. Remember to always run a nozzle test after each cleaning cycle, because the printer uses each nozzle test as a point of reference, for the next cleaning test that is ran. Thats one of the reasons why Epson says to always install a New Epson Ink Cartridge, anytime you remove any ink cartridge, even if its full of ink. Now if that previously installed cartridge is not actually full of ink, then you may have additional problems and possibly even clogging...Good Luck! Denny Conway
Epson Stylus Color 600