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PRINTER PRINTS BLANK PAGES

Recently our wireless Epson printer started printing only empty pages for black (no color) documents.

The black cartridge is nearly full, but the color cartridges are empty.

Can empty color cartridges prevent the printer from printing a purely B&W document?

Thanks,

Alan

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Printers use a small amount of colour to print B&W.

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So you need colour to print B&W. It's to keep the heads clear.

Dafydd.

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(NT) Thanks! Makes sense. Much appreciated! Alan

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Previous answer seems correct but you could try this

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If your printer allows you to select B&W only, try that. I recall that, at one time, drivers for some color capable printers could even be installed as black and white only.

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Thank you, Steven!...

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Hi Steven,

Thanks for responding! Much appreciated.

Something interesting happened when I tried to apply your advice: I printed a letter from WORD, and it printed just fine, even though the color of the text was blue (it's text only, no graphics).

I have no idea how this is possible as the Epson is telling me that it's out of ink (except for the black). Maybe there's a tiny bit of color remaining and that enabled the document to print?

One other thing (and it's a long-shot): The document I was originally trying to print (unsuccessfully) is a PDF. I can't imagine how that could make a difference, but I admit I'm in a bit over my head here...

Thanks again.

Alan

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Re: printing

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So it prints blue (although it's nearly empty), and it doesn't print black (although it's nearly emtpy).

So it seems time to start the usual cleaning and self-test procedures (including using third-party cleaning cartridges). Those always work with my Canon; no experience with Epson.

Kees

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Thanks...

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Thanks, Kees...

To clarify: the black cartridge is nearly full. The 2 color cartridges are nearly empty.

The Epson doesn't do its Clean (or Head Alignment) functions unless none of the 3 cartridges are empty (and I'm hesitant to spend $35 or so on new color cartridges if the printer's kaput - it's a Catch 22!).

Thanks again,

Alan

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Re: cartridges

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Sorry, I made a typo indeed. I realised it after posting it.

My (third-party) Canon cartridges are only 3.5 euro (less than USD 4.5). It's easier to spend $13.5 than $35. But in your case, it's difficult.

Kees

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Will it work or not...

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You have an Epson, bad already. The plain fact as explained or allow me, Epson and many others use the process of head cleaning to refresh the printheads. That also allows ALL inkjets to use all inks in order to do so. Most modern inkjets don't print in "B&W-mono" anymore because they spend ink carts as the side benefit to companies. Epson has a bad record of when it fails, it fails miserably. recovery is cleaning the printheads, repeatedly until the "ink clogs" are removed. Of course, this takes more ink and the cost of OEM ink is expensive. As the other poster mentioned, Canon does well on refills or 3rd party inks, Epson doesn't. That all depends on the refiller source and vendors, etc., but it seems Canon is more tolerate. Visit Epson support website and follow their advise of head cleaning if you have the inks. However, if you abandon your current printer then consider *NEVER* allowing the ink to get that low or when it does, replace ASAP. Maybe, wait for a bargain or sale and get something other than Epson.

Understand any printer that uses 3rd party tends to lose warranty support, thus use when warranty is gone. I like to mention, I found HP and Canon to offer the better overall use, though others may claim otherwise, just take it or leave approach. I lean towards Canon for the nod, though, cost of operation and general upkeep is pretty good.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Thanks!

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Thanks, Willy!

For those who might find this thread in the future I wanted to provide an update: I just discovered a line in the Epson manual that I'd missed before - "You cannot print or copy when an ink cartridge is expended even if the other cartridges are not expended."

I wish I'd seen that before (I have read the manual, but not word-for-word).

Thanks again,

Alan

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Get Printer Print Blank Pages Help

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I use epson printer's also.Had that problem once.It was the paper selection was set to wrong paper thickness.Have to watch that if your printing photo's and change to a page from the net,have to set paper type,in printer setting's.Also there is on mine a lever to adjust thickness for paper and envelope's.Mine's by the out let for paper. You can email epson or just get there down load's at www.epson.com while your there get the one that say's epson web to page .Give's you a tool bar for printing and preview of what your getting ready to print.Ifr you don't use your printer alot,ink head's clog some,run the head cleaner and test .May have to run a couple time's if it's badly clogged.Is your printer a all in one or just print?Some of the just print type are'nt that good anyway.Well hope this helped.www.epson.com just looked,the manual and new downloads are there,started reading the troubleshooter ,you need to do that when your thare.

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May be you printer is out of date

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I think your printer driver is out of date, you can download it directly from the Epson official website

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Fix Printer that Prints Blank Page

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Do a nozzle check, if that's bad then head cleaning
Well you need fully cleared nozzles for ink to be able to pass through them
So after you performed the head clean did the nozzle check improve or you still have no nozzles firing ?

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Still Blank!

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I have tried multiple nozzle checks and head cleanings to no avail. The printer was not in use for about 8 months. When I set it up again 2 of the 3 colors were low/empty. I've replaced all 3 colors but the black is still about 3/4 full. Any other suggestions as to how to get more than blank pages??

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Re: suggestions

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1. Replace the print head
2. Buy another printer.

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