Mr. Kitten

asked Aug 17, 2011 at 9:08am
Epson Epson Stylus CX4800

Nozzle check and faded lettering CX4800

Epson Stylus CX4800 problem:

I'm having a fairly wide horizontal gap in the middle of my nozzle check pattern along with ink smudges and very faded lettering when I print out a mostly black text page.

When I tried to print a mostly black line diagram some of the horizontal lines in the diagram wouldn't show up. Changing the color to purple instead of black allowed the all the lines in the drawing to come through, but just barely.

I've tried multiple clean and check cycles and even a couple of print head alignment cycles, but none of that worked.

Do I need a cleaning solution and syringe kit, or do you think it's something else?

I didn't have much luck with a search on this, but if somebody else has already addressed this problem, I'm probably describing it in a manner that is too idiosyncratic for the search engine to succeed.
One other thing:

After reading some of the other threads about clogged lines and so forth, I at least found the little door on the back of the printer which covers up the white tubes. I think it was this thread:

A poster named Wes described it in the third post from the bottom.
by Mr. Kitten on Aug 17, 2011 at 10:30am Add comment
Another cleaning cycle and a black ink replacement cartridge failed to cure the problem. Line drawings still coming through without some horizontal lines when black ink is used.

The worst horizontal band gap is probably about 2/3 of the way down. It is least noticeable in the red and yellow and most noticeable in the blue and black.

If I could even get the kind of nozzle check pattern that they give as an example of when the nozzles need to be cleaned, I'd think it was virtually repaired.
by Mr. Kitten on Aug 17, 2011 at 12:51pm Add comment