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asked Sep 2, 2004 at 12:52pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 1200

1280 Problem

I am using a 1280 Epson printer with Conetech Quad Inks rather than the standard Epson ink sets. The printer is only about 1 1/2 years old. It has been working pretty well with some occasional head plugging that has always been resolved using the nozzle check and cleaning utility. But this past Sunday I did some printing and the system was fine. The following day, however, two of the five gray (color) positions were entirely plugged and the nozzle check and cleaning utilities were of no help. I had a little bit of the 'fixyourownprinter' solution left from a previous plugged head encounter on an Epson 1200 printer and so I tried that with a little bit of un pluggung, but not the fixing the entire problem. I'm amazed that the system would go to pot overnight! Any thoughts? Should I try more of the solution or just can the printer?

Thanks for your thoughts.

Gary Eckhardt
Gary: 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, about the only thing you can try is a longer soaking using the actual Epson Printheasd Cleaning Solution thats found in that kit from "fixyourownprinter.com". 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 and sometimes won't even work on printers that are actually listed, so you will have to check it out for yourself. If it does work for you, people have had some success using its "separate cleaning of color and black heads routine" and its "powerful cleaning mode", but be warned it uses up ink faster...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 Sep 3, 2004 at 10:05am Add comment