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gz

Printer problems

I've replaced cartridges, cleaned nozzles automatically several times,aligned and cleaned heads, but it prints script in outline and block black not atall.
On the test print for nozzle clean I'm just getting the colours,not the black.

Epson XP 322, Expression Home

Any ideas what the next step would be, I'm loth to take it to PC World for maintenance and I don't know anyone locally

I have to go off for a potters' weekend in an hour,so if I don't respond until after the weekend I'm not being rude..I'm not sure if we'll have Wi Fi or that the tablet will work Confused
dpack

driver update ?

a slipped something in the printer settings?

lens tissue stump and propyl alcohol as a head wipe?
Shane

Same thing has happened to our HP printer. Problem is that we only use it occasionally, and HPs are renowned for the black ink print head getting clogged up with ink if they are not used regularly. We've got exactly the same symptoms and have been through the same routine as you, so maybe Epsons suffer from the same thing. I bought a print head cleaning kit and ran that through the print head a few times, but it's still clogged up solid so I've given up. Only solution is to buy a new print head, but they're not available for our printer so now it's only used as a scanner!
derbyshiredowser

I remember someone on here suggesting using ammonia to clear printer heads.
gz

Thanks...Iknow I'd left it for a bit,but it had started printing ok..thought I'd got away with it!
dpack

i have killed quite a few printers, the most robust especially for surviving down time without clogging have been canons.
gz

Unfortunately Canons are not linux friendly,unlike hp and epson....the latter even supply linux compatible gubbins!
dpack

mine all seem to work on cinnamon mint although the most modern one needed some drivers downloading (linux forums are your chums Cool )

my lowest epson moment was watching it bleed to death while trying to clean itself Laughing Laughing Laughing
buzzy

Printers are often a real pain. Our line printer at work used every now and then to change character sets, so when you were expecting a batch of data for one of our clients to check, all we got was an inch thick wodge of non European symbols, which possibly meant something in some language. Otherwise it kept anybody who had small children in scribbling paper or hamster bedding!

Henry
gz

I've had advice...get a laser printer!! They didn't offer to pay the difference!!

Its tempting to buy another printer for £35..but of course that model has been superseded and the ink I have wont be compatible with the new one

Confused
Or do I get a cleaner kit and get very messy Cool
dpack

i would probably get messy and if messy does not fix the current machine
get a laser printer.
that said iirc it is an epson ink jet so getting a half decent laser printer and saving a few quid towards it by missing out the messy bit that probably wont fix it might be sensible.
buzzy

My experience of laser printers is that they don't mind being left for long periods between uses, whereas, listening to other people, ink jets hate being left, and dry up and cause all those messy cleaning problems.

But toner cartridges are more expensive, though I can buy individual colour cartridges, whereas my m-i-l seemingly has to buy all the colours in a pack for her inkjetter, whether or not they have all run out.

Henry
gz

more inkjets are coming with individual cartridges,thankfully, so you don't have to replace a whole multi cartridge when one colour runs out
gz

How does the print quality and resistance to fading compare to inkjet? i'm thinking of cards and possibly prints to frame
buzzy

I have not had any of my colour laser printer prints exposed to light for any appreciable length of time, so can't comment on that. Sorry.

Henry
dpack

archive printing can be done but not with most domestic/office printers. even then it might last a few decades rather than centuries

some domestic/office printers can cope with decent paper but ink options are quite limited.

iirc some of the "photo quality" dyes are fairly stable but until somebody makes a pooter printer than uses stand oil and chemically stable pigments tis best to consider any pooter printed image temporary and make edition ones by traditional means
gz

Advice given elsewhere was run the nozzle cleaning,even if you do it ten times...
cheaper than a new printer and different ink set. Then use it at least once a week.

Just run a test print after the tenth nozzle clean and fourth head clean..it looks like it has saved its skin..this time!

Now to do the serious amount of printing I've got backed up...including cards to sell
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