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asked Oct 5, 2004 at 11:44am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 440

Epson Stylus Color 440

the printing was unclear, I cleaned the print head numerous times but it did not fix the problem. I changed the ink cartridge befor the "empty" light came on.........(now I realize that was not the thing to do). Now my printer will not print anything and the symbol shows that my ink is not full but only a quarter full. What do I need to do? Thanks.
Nini: You have two separate problems. #1 Not Printing: It's possible that you may even have an actual HARDWARE/PARTS PROBLEM or even a bad/failing ink cartridge [especially if its actually a Non-Epson Ink Cartridge], but normally the most common problem is clogging of the Printhead Nozzles. 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 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. Check for an e-mail from me, with some additional information with that cleaning kit, in case you decide to use it.....#2 Incorrectly Installed Ink Cartridge: Check for an e-mail from me, on how to correctly reset ink cartridges that have been incorrectly installed...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Oct 5, 2004 at 2:24pm Add comment