asked Sep 12, 2002 at 10:51am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

URGENT Epson Won't print black

Epson color stylus 600 has new black cartridge but will not print anything with it. Color works fine. Can anyone give me suggestions? I have cleaned the heads and run all utilities.
Did you ever find a solution to your problem? I am experiencing the same thing with my Epson 1520. I've put new black cartridges in, run the utility to clean nozzles and it still doesn't print. Do you know of another way to clean the heads? I think a small piece of paper is lodged in the hole of the nozzle.
by cheryle on Oct 10, 2002 at 12:29am Add comment
Sorry to say I actually found out that basically if you let the printer sit too long with congealing cartidges in there.. you end up having to buy a new printer. This is the only solution I have found so far because no one I talk to seems to know anything more than that. If I find out something, I"ll post it.
by Lisa on Oct 10, 2002 at 1:01am Add comment
I have worked on many of these machines. On some of them with the same problem your describing I have run the nozzle cleaning up to 20 times to unclog the nozzles. When that doesn't work you need to take it apart and clean it out.
by wayne on Oct 10, 2002 at 10:46am Add comment
OHHH... ok.. anything special we need to know about taking it apart to clean it?
by Lisa on Oct 10, 2002 at 3:03pm Add comment
I hear this story in my job nearly every day.
It also happens with the color cartridges as well sometimes with one colour not printing or even more

This site tells you all about it it is very common
Hope it helps
by unknown on Oct 10, 2002 at 3:11pm Add comment
I've got an Epson Stylus 1520 that I'm using with Mac OS 10.4.8. It will print but there's a problem with the black not printing. I suspect the nozzle is clogged but don't know how to run the cleaning utility. No printer driver is available for OSX. I downloaded Gutenprint 5.0, but it still doesn't get me access to the dialog boxes that would allow you to run the cleaning process. I see on this site that you can buy a kit to manually clean out the nozzles. Is this worth the bother, or should i just chuck this printer (I mean recycle it!)?
by Pam MT on Nov 19, 2006 at 12:57pm Add comment
Those kits have fixed a lot of printers.

The 1520 will print up to 17 x 22 inch paper, another printer that will handle paper that big would be on the expensive side, so if it was my printer I'd get a kit.

by Stephen on Nov 19, 2006 at 4:27pm Add comment
Thank you Stephen. I've used the printer for large format printing occasionally, and used to get very good results when the printer was working properly. As I've continually upgraded my operating system, it's gotten harder to keep this old printer going. I can't figure out how to run the nozzle cleaning operation since the printer software no longer works. I got the black to print yesterday, but it's not completely cleared up the problem. This printer has always taken a lot of babying to get it to work right, and I'm losing patience as I don't have a lot of time to fool with it. I'm considering getting a new color laser printer, and not worrying about large format. I can always outsource that if i really need it. Again, thanks for replying to my post.
by Pam MT on Nov 20, 2006 at 7:50am Add comment