asked Nov 26, 2001 at 2:35pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

epson 600

have problem..both lights on ink,replaced ink
still have do i correct problem
do have syringe and do i go about
and cleane print heads
thanks nick

Hmmm...sounds like the other post I just responded to!

How did you replace the cartridges? There's a place in the utility portion of the software that you installed with it that will let you tell it you want to put in new cartridges.

If that doesn't work, turn the printer on, let it start to do its dance, then unplug it (don't power off using the button...that won't work).
Manually move the carriage into position so you can get the cartridges out. Close the cartridge covers and plug it back in. It'll end up stopping at the right position for you to put in the cartridges. (At this point, it resets the counters so it'll think you're installing new cartridges.) Put the new cartridges in and press the ink button for it to do its cleaning cycle to remove the air bubbles.

Note: If you put in cartridges that are less than full using this technique, they'll run out ink before the printer thinks they should be out, so be sure they're close to full if not completely full.

by unknown on Dec 1, 2001 at 12:45am Add comment
I have an Epson Color Stylus 600 that's served as a large paperweight for the past two years. Now, I actually feel like fixing it or junking it, so any help would be appreciated.

I can print with one gargantuan caveat. Only a single, razor-thin horizontal line (colors seem to be working okay) will print per pass of the print heads. One can see after printing some super-large text that the print heads are being moved into position just fine, but only a single line is being drawn onto the paper. There's about 3 or 4 millimeters between horizontal lines. Really strange, eh? I doubt this is a driver issue-- I've tried this on Mac OS 9.1 with the latest drivers and on Win2k and Win XP Pro. All yield the same results.

I decided to disassemble and clean the print heads. This went great but it made zero difference in the output. Is this fixable, or is my printer one step from the junk yard? <!>

by Matt on Dec 17, 2001 at 8:58am Add comment
Matt, Try placing the printhead(just the head, NOT the circuit board part) in a tray of very hot water for half an hour, then re-fit with new cartridges. Usually works a treat.
by Ally on Dec 17, 2001 at 4:18pm Add comment
This worked well for color printing, but B&W is still completely dead. I used Windex, and that greatly improved color. Then, I tried hot water w/ a syringe. Color came in 100\%, and during one sample print, B&W made an extremely faint and brief ( 2 lines of faint text) appearance. So, I used more hot water. Now, color works great and B&W is totally useless. I have changed the ink tanks. Is there something else I should try?
by Matt on Jan 4, 2002 at 8:42am Add comment
Do all the black nozzles appear to be clear when you syringe it?, If so, it's probably an mechanical or electrical fault inside the head, and new PH(or printer!) is the only option. Just be careful not to put too much pressure on the syringe, as I've done permanent internal damage to the PH using this technique.
by Ally on Jan 4, 2002 at 11:36am Add comment
Damn. All the nozzles (on the metallic base of the PH) do appear to be clear. When I synringe it, ink comes out into the water after attempts to print. Upon cleaning, just clear liquid comes out. Is there a means to purchase a new PH w/o having to purchase an entirely new printer? I don't want to have to take it to an expensive maintenance shop and pay for labor...
by Matt on Jan 4, 2002 at 12:10pm Add comment
A repair shop should be able to supply the PH, for you to fit, Or try Epsons' website for authorised spares dealers in your region. But remember you will also need another new set of cartridges aswell, which may well push the cost over the price of a new & better printer. It's a shame to scrap the machine, but like many other inkjet printers, it's probably unecconomical to repair it.
by Ally on Jan 4, 2002 at 1:11pm Add comment

Sounds more like a bad PH or mainboard than clogs at this point.

by unknown on Jan 5, 2002 at 9:45pm Add comment