asked Sep 7, 2012 at 12:11am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

Epson WorkForce 600 Prints like Crap, No Black

I got this printer from my parents. It sat a while and I believe the ink dried up. I printed a picture with a "rainbow" of colors and here is how it turned out.

red = red
orange = orange
yellow = light orange
green = yellow
blue = pink
purple = fuchsia (dark pink)
black (words) = orange

There also were a couple of streaks.

1. A faint black streaks through the red.
2. A light pink streak through the "yellow".
3. A green streak through the "green".
4. A blue streak all the way across the fuchsia, pink, and black words directly across from them .
5. There are also faint white streaks across many parts of the rainbow.

I put all new ink cartridges in when I got the printer. The black is half gone, magenta about 1/6 gone, and yellow & cyan are full.
I have done multiple deep cleans of the printheads which is why the black is gone so much, I assume. Obviously the yellow and cyan are clogged.

My question is how and the heck can I get the printhead out to clean it? I cannot find it anywhere. Also, I have made a solution of 1/3 each of water, alcohol, and ammonia and tried soaking, but it didn't go very well. LOL

Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Anyone have any suggestions?
by reap70 on Sep 12, 2012 at 1:04pm Add comment
Just in case someone else reads this and needs to remove the printhead, here is a youtube video showing how.

Hopefully it helps someone!
by reap70 on Sep 12, 2012 at 3:16pm Add comment
It goes to show how clueless ink sellers really are. Did anyone realize that you throw off the head adjustments. You may never get a good print again if you don't get the alignment correct. And that requires the adjustment program.

Any printer tech knows that all you need to do is put some cleaning solution on the cap assembly and let the face of the print head soak.

It is also safe to stick your face in a meat grinder. I was it on line once. So it has to be safe.
by unknown on Sep 12, 2012 at 5:44pm Add comment
oops. I hope I get it back together ok! there is a LOT of dried ink in there tho
by reap70 on Sep 13, 2012 at 11:51am Add comment
Hi Reap70
Yes Epson printers are renowned for clogging or else filling with air and it can be very stubborn to remove. Personally I have a HUGE dislike for Epson printers. They are ALWAYS troublesome and the printheads are very dicey. I never usually suggest customers to remove the printheads to unclog them as this can be achieved simply by pumping cleaning fluid into the printhead. I have an article here which explains the process in greater detail:
Basically it just involves removing all cartridges and pumping cleaning fluid into the head via the ink lines which feed from the cartridges. Leave it in there for 10 mins or more, then re install inks and start printing. The excess fluid should flow out and eventually drain into the waste pad.
Let me know how you get on.

by Jaydean on Sep 13, 2012 at 10:07pm Add comment
Thanks for the tips. I already had taken it out and cleaned it hopefully pretty good. When I put it back together I am now getting this message.

Ink cartridges cannot be recognized. Make sure ink cartridges are correctly installed.

(All 4 are listed)

I am guessing I put something back together wrong? I have cleaned off the chip contact parts and made sure the cartridges were pressed in tightly. Anything I should try?
by reap70 on Sep 19, 2012 at 2:16pm Add comment