asked Mar 27, 2005 at 1:37pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

Epson Stylus Color 600 Printer problem


I have an Epson Stylus color 600. I replaced the ink (both color and black). The computer doesn't complain about any errors with the printer.

I click print and everything works fine (i.e., the paper runs through the printer normally, and it starts printing)

But no text appears on the paper. The paper is still blank after the printer finishes printing supposedly.

What can I do to fix this?

It sounds like the print heads are clogged. This kit will help fix the problem http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/kits/epson/K70 and for info on cleaning the print head try this link.

I should mention that you may have a different problem thatr is causing the problem. But most of the time it's just a clogged print head.

I hope this helps,

by unknown on Mar 27, 2005 at 5:41pm Add comment
Mike: Be sure you actually removed the normally yellow "pull strip/pull tab" off both ink cartridges, or they won't work. Those strips cover up the vent hole, which allows air to go into the cartridge and ink to go out...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Mar 28, 2005 at 2:41pm Add comment
Yes, I have done that. (the strips I took off were actually white)

I did what I usually do when I install new ink.

But it still won't print right.

by feraxis on Mar 28, 2005 at 11:29pm Add comment
Mike: You might want to do a PUMPING TEST, just to verify that the "Cap Assembly" & "Pumping Mechanism" is actually working. The pump in the Cleaning Station Assembly, actually creates a vacuum [thru pumping action] which pulls the ink from the Print Head Nozzles, thru the felt Cap Assembly, thru the hoses and onto the Waste Ink Pads, where it is absorbed. REMEMBER: NO PUMPING ACTION = NO INK FLOW & NO VACUUM = NO INK FLOW. A LOSS OF PUMPING ACTION OR A LOSS OF VACUUM CAN HAPPEN WHEN: The pump quits; hoses get clogged; the hoses come off; the hoses get crimped/pinched; springs under the cap assy fall off; the cap assy comes unhooked from its mounting points; the cap assy gets so dirty [build-up of dust, dirt, lint, hair, etc.] that it fails to seal correctly. Generally speaking, the pump seldom fails but after a year or two of steady use, the capping assembly and head may need some attention. REMEMBER: If the felt cap assembly, with the rubber seal/ring around it, does not seal under the printhead assembly correctly, then the vacuum is lost and no ink is pulled thru the nozzles. Check for an e-mail from me, with some additional info in that area...If the pump assembly is pulling fluids thru correctly, then I would suggest trying that "Epson Printhead Cleaning Solution" that was recommended by WES. It's possible that you may even have an actual hardware/parts problem, such as a failing Printhead Assembly or Main Board Assembly, but using that cleaning solution would be the next thing to try. IF YOU DECIDE TO, TRY THE "EPSON STYLUS HEAD CLEANING SOLUTION", JUST REMEMBER: 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. If you remove the "Top Cover Assembly", then you can leave the printhead assembly parked in its normal home position, at the far right side. Then any ink & fluids that are purged during the cleaning, will normally travel thru the cleaning station hoses, to the waste ink pads. If you have the "Print Cartridge Holder Assembly", positioned away from the home position, then you will need to slide strips of paper towels or coffee filters under that assembly, to soak up any expelled ink and fluids, or it can get all over. 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 dissolve, or it actually damages the nozzles. The longer the clog has been in, the worse it is to remove. Again, if the cleaning fluids don't 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. There is a REVIEW of the "Printhead Cleaning Solution", as well as general "Printhead Cleaning Instructions", that is available to view at http://www.inkjetprinterhelp.us/EKR.html ...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Mar 29, 2005 at 9:19am Add comment
Was your problem eventually solved, Mike?

I have the same problem with my two Epson Stylus Color 600: one of them does not print at all in red, although it prints in black, blue and yellow perfectly. The other fails in black and red, only printing in blue and yellow.
by unknown on Sep 20, 2005 at 4:37am Add comment
Totally absent red was fully recovered after repeatedly dropping a little of an old Siemens Inkjet Cleaner on the headprint parking position pad, parking the headprint normally, letting the printer rest for about 20 h, testing and cleaning with original Epson inks. It took several days and the number of red lines reappearing was slowly increasing day after day.
by unknown on Oct 4, 2005 at 2:38am Add comment