Don

asked Aug 13, 2004 at 1:37pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

Epson stylus 600

OK...now that I've tried the "Too-cheap-for-a-good-reason" ink cartridges, and my printer is apparently "gummed up" (just guessing), do I just curb it and move on(?), or is there a way to "rehab" it? (That'd be worth the time $)
While I acknowledge openly that Moe is a God, sometimes you just can't undo that havoc which the user (read dunderhead) has wrought.
Also...any chance that the cartridges don't suck that badly in, and of themselves, but rather the mixture of Epson and off-brand inks caused the failure?
Uhm, read that alot of clogged printerhead-problems can be solved with the cleaningsets sold on this pages; maybe that's an option?
Am not an expert nor related to fixyourownprinter.com
by unknown on Aug 13, 2004 at 2:30pm Add comment
I appreciate that....yah..read a bit about that on the page...just scared me how abruptly it quit working...cleaning kit or perhaps drano? :-)
by Don on Aug 13, 2004 at 2:45pm Add comment
Don: Epson Ink Jet Printers are one of the few printers on the market that seem to have so many problems with non-manufactors inks, especially the newer models made in the last couple of years. Its because the Epson Printers use a completely different printhead inking system than most other brands of printers. Most, if not all of the other manufactors, use thermal or bubble jetprint heads and because the other brands use a totally different system, they don't seem to have as many problems using refilled inks or non-manufactor's ink cartridges. Printer manufacters do not make available their ink formulation and in most cases, the formulation is patented. Any difference in the ink formulation can clog the small printhead nozzles or damage other critical components. One individual printhead nozzle is so tiny, that it will not accept a human hair, so you can see why they can get clogged so easily, or even why the nozzles can be so easily damaged...AT THIS POINT: It's possible that you may even have an actual HARDWARE/PARTS PROBLEM, but normally the most common problem is clogging of the Printhead Nozzles, especially when you were actually using Non-Epson Ink. You might want to try using the Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution, available through the Home Page on "fixyourownprinter.com", at http://fixyourownprinter.com/ . When it opens, click-on Epson, under PRINTER REPAIR KITS. Then click-on "Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution" and that page should then open correctly. The Epson Solution sells for around $10.00 plus shipping. It includes a syringe and some Epson Printhead Cleaning Solution, which is designed to dissolve most clogs, especially if you were using Epson inks. This is the same chemical used by Epson in their service department. You can try it if you want to and see if you can get the printhead nozzles to open up again, but that will only help if they are actually clogged. It was basically designed by Epson Company for use on their older models of ink jet printers, but people have been using on the newer models, with some sucess reported. If you want to see what's involved in print head cleaning, Wes has supplied a link that might help: http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/printhead.html and he also suggests trying the SSC Service Utility from here: http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/epsonSSC.html . Unfortunatly, that SSC Utility does not work on all printers and on all Operating Systems, so you will have to actually check for yourself...Good Luck! Denny Conway...P.S. Check for an e-mail from me, with some additional information with that cleaning kit, in case you decide to use it.
by Denny Conway on Aug 13, 2004 at 2:58pm Add comment
Don...Follow-up to first message: The older Epson Printers are made much better than the newer Epson Printers, but of course thats basically true for most other manufactors of printers, as well. Unfortunatly, its a disposable world and although prices of new printers has came way down in the last couple of years, it seems like the quality has also come down. So basically, your "600" is probably worth at least trying that Printhead Cleaning Solution on, to see if it will get the Printhead Nozzles cleaned out and get them to start firing again. Usually its worth the time, effort and minimal expense, to try and repair the older series of Epson Printers. I would recommend trying that kit, before I would have you go out and buy a new cheap, but basically disposable printer. A new cheap printer, won't usually last as long as you older printer has already...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Aug 13, 2004 at 4:33pm Add comment