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asked Mar 28, 2005 at 9:47pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

Epson 600 Does Not Charge

Epson 600 printer was printing fine a couple of days ago then black ink light came on solid (did not notice if it ever was in flashing mode). I changed the black ink cartridge, but system will not reset after pressing ink button. Subsequent on/offs, holding down ink button for 3 seconds, re-replacing both ink cartridges many times, and reinitializing does not help. Upon power up the print head moves, and runs through its alignment process normally, but I never hear the charging pressurization system operate. The black ink light still comes on with solid power light, and will not accept any print jobs (e.g., error message says printer off-line). Thanks.
Zik: Sometimes you even have to trick the printer, just to be able to correctly install new ink cartridges, or to even re-install new ink cartridges that were already previously installed. Have your printer turned on, with no paper loaded and leave the top cover open, so you can see the printhead assy moving during the next steps. Now simply turn on your printer like normal. Watch inside your printer and you will see the "Print Cartridge Holder Assembly" unlock and start moving towards the left slightly. As it moves, unplug your printer and the printer will shut down. Now that unlocked holder assembly, can then be manually moved back and forth by hand. Remove the indicated ink cartridge or the possibly incorrectly installed ink cartridge, but only remove one cartridge at a time, even if both cartridges need to be replaced, or were incorrectly installed. Do not install a new cartridge yet, simply close the lid over where the cartridge would normally fit [now that slot/area is empty] and then plug your printer back in and turn it on. The printer will of course not find a cartridge and the red ink light will come on SOLID. Now when you push the ink button the holder assembly will move to the correct position for a new cartridge to be installed. Once you install a new cartridge, then close the cartridge locking lever/lid [over the ink cartridge] and push in on the ink button a second time. The printer will now assume you installed a new cartridge [which I hope you did] and go thru "New Cartridge Initialization". The solid red ink light should now be off, if everything is working correctly. If you need to install a second ink cartridge, then simply start over and do the same procedure again. Once the new cartridge or cartridges have been correctly installed, then simply try running a "Nozzle Test" from your computer system and see if your printer is printing correctly, or not. If it is not printing, or if you simply reinstalled the previously installed cartridges, you can try running sets of "Printhead Cleaning Cycles" and "Nozzle Tests" to try and get those nozzles to open up again and the ink to start flowing. Just so you will know: All new-epson ink cartridges are sealed and there is pressure put in them at the factory. When you install a new ink cartridge, that internal air pressure is what causes any air that got into the nozzles [such as when you removed the old ink cartridge] to be pushed out of the nozzles and primes the nozzles with fresh ink. If you reinstall the origional cartridge that you removed, it not only has already lost its internal air pressure, but now there is air inside of the actual printhead nozzles. That air starts to dry out any remaining ink inside of the nozzles and that normally results in clogging. Thats why epson says to always install a new-epson ink cartridge, anytime you remove any ink cartridge, even if its full of ink. Also, if the old cartridge was out of the printhead holder assembly for more than 30 minutes, the nozzle may have already started to clog. If you choose to just reinstall an old epson ink cartridge, with no pressure inside it will also be difficult to get the ink to start flowing again. You may have to run 6 to 10 sets of printhead cleaning cycles and nozzle tests, to actually be able to get the ink to start flowing correctly again. The only problem is that running those tests wastes a lot of ink, but you may have nothing to loose at this time. On some models, you could install a new cartridge and run between 10-15 cleaning cycles and tests and its possible to empty the new cartridge. You may have to run as many as 5 or 6 sets of tests, to try and get the printhead nozzles to open up again and start printing. Remember that you have to run a nozzle test after every printhead cleaning test ran, because the nozzle test is used as a point of reference for the next cleaning test you run. If after 6 sets of tests you cannot get the printing to completely start up, Its always possible that you might have a possible clog. Then you might have to try using a Printhead Cleaning Kit, to try and get all those nozzles open again. You might want to try using the "Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution", available through fixyourownprinter.com, at http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/kits/epson , but it will only help, if there is an actual clogged printhead assembly...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Mar 29, 2005 at 10:41am Add comment