berndogasked Feb 16, 2009 at 10:38pm
Epson Stylus Color 3000
Any insights appreciated.
One thing i did was recharge the inks a few times. Basically, when the printer is on, take out all the ink cartridges, then turn off the printer. Then, put the cartridges back in and then turn the printer back on. You can actually see the flow of ink through the little tubes. Also notice your ink pads will get more defined colors in them... you'll be able to see yellow, cyan and magenta on the ink pad instead of just black.
If you're interested in the RIP you can download a trial version at iproof systems. It's called PowerRIPx.
definitely try the solution. It's only $10 and is a cheap fix if it works. I actually fixed 2 clogged EPSON 3000's with it without any problem.
@berndog you said you took the head assembly apart. Afterwards, did you have to go through a head realignment procedure? If so, what did that involve?
UPDATE: found the info!
Instruction #2 says "Initiate a cleaning cycle, and when the cartridge assembly moves off the service station, pull the AC plug."
I take it the "cartridge assembly" is what the service manual refers to as the CR Unit that tracks across the CR guide shaft and that the "service station" is where this cartridge assembly parks when it is in front of the panel unit which houses the ink cartridges below.
After the "cartridge assembly moves off the service station" do I need to remove the upper housing of the panel unit to gain access to the sponge pads that are on the left side of the service station?
My confusion is that the service manual does not use the terms "cartridge assembly" or "service station" to describe the 3000 parts.
Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks!
"service station" = The Cap Assembly. It is under where the print head parks. It is what cleans the print head.
Some people can clean the print just as is and others end up removing the housing (cover) to clean the print head.
1 Can I print a nozzle test pattern from the printers control panel when the printer isnt connected to a computer?
2 The printer was origonally used with a powermac 7300/200 (OS9.4 from memory) via an ethernet connection. I am currently using an imac with Snow Leopard, is there a compatable printer driver for this OS?
After a mighty tussle to remove the top cover (but now at least I know how)
after several days of soaking then cleaning the foam pads with a dilute solution of isopropyl achohol all is well,I now must find a supplier of inks at reasonable cost, any suggestions?
In your post 2/16/09 you refer to instructions. 'took apart the print head assembly and located the pads etc. Its Xmas and time for me to again attempt tp bring this thing back to life.
Can you email these instructions? My printer doesnt print from the black nozzle. Am currently 'cleaning' it, have taken the cover off and have soaked the foam pads in the parking bay with a cleaning fluid, if this isnt effective will remove and reinsert cartridges see anon 3/1/09, if still not effective will contemplate navel, then perhaps dissassemble print head assembly.
best wishes to all for the silly season
An architect who couldn't get the black working gave me one of these as he knew I was a photographer who couldn't afford to buy a new photo printer. He needed a working unit and his desk space back. (This thing has a huge footprint!)
I read the forums for a day and took a course of action after downloading the service manual (that was absolutely necessary) and was on my way. I had to clean and purge the heads about 20 times before it started performing correctly - as well as a general vacuum and clean up. I did buy the solution head kit and one has to have a bit of technical expertise - (this is not for those that don't have any 'fix it' abilities)- but it's not rocket science.
Read the thread and follow the advised links...it's all there.
Thanks again to those of you who knew what to do and shared it.
Does anyone have advice on photo type papers that work well? I'm now trying to figure out the color profiling etc... and also my experience tells me to use Epson inks....not 'compatible' inks that are much cheaper - but generally with other printers cause issues due to formulation differences - does any one have data on this?
The document is 17"x24" and I'm not always seeing the Utility window that indicates what's wrong.
Hi i've a problem with my espon 3000... i've didn't use it for a while (maybe 3 years) and now i bought new compatible cartridge but the printer doesn't print anything... maybe the printhead is blocked or anything else.. can you help me?