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Relatively new printer

by TONI H / April 6, 2006 10:01 PM PDT

Epson Stylus C64 with ink cartridges still half full on all colors.....was working fine two days ago. Then I heard some type of short clicking sound as it 'warmed' up on the boot up and subsequent reboots required for some windows updates, etc.

Yesterday it just stopped printing completely although it goes through the motions normally. Nothing appears on the paper. I've cleaned the heads, aligned the heads, checked the nozzles, pulled out the cartridges and reseated all of them. Nada.

The only thing I haven't done is replace all cartridges with fresh new ones that I have in the box nor have I uninstalled the drivers since everything seems to act normal otherwise.

I can't get a test page to print either although it goes through the motions as if it is printing it. I've also powered it down and started it back up again without any change in the results....blank pages.

I DID remove it from the startup in MSCONFIG the other day, and wondered if that was the cause even though I still had a shortcut to the printer on my desktop and could 'print' and run maintenance on it from there, and it was immediately after doing this that the printer stopped printing (actually it was like a day later when I went to print something again), so I put it back into the startup, rebooted this morning, and tried it again with no luck.

So.....what's the conclusion for you guys (or any tips you can give on what may be wrong and can be fixed easily)? Is the printer just dead in the water and should be trashed or is there something with the settings that can be reversed/undone to enable the printing again?


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Any warranty? use it , otherwise
by Willy / April 6, 2006 11:25 PM PDT
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Open cover and verify the prthd. cable is fully seated and properly so. Next, make sure during its power-up it cycles through, jam a paper wad in cover sw. to allow you to view this. If all goes well, and it seems OK, then simply replace the ink carts. In the future "never" remove inkcarts unless replacement as you make any monitoring s/w inacurate, it just won't be right. The ink monitoring thinks its %level but really has gone or the IC chip is at work. The only recourse you have is to replace the ink carts and check results, if that fails, then pitch it, unless you want to play. FYI - I just don't like Epson, they're such a PITA. If it never got any color fade or skip, and just quit then that's what I'll do, otherwise you do have a mech. problem or such, but I rarely ever find bad electronics.

tada -----Willy Happy

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by Willy / April 6, 2006 11:36 PM PDT

Oh yeah, I find if you use 3rd inkcarts that also can be problematic over time. Quality of 3rd party can be severly lacking and/or decent but vary at any given time. Even, if you use Epson inks their printers tend to have problemsdue non-replacable prthds., thus my earlier opinion. -----Willy

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Relatively new printer
by Bob__B / April 7, 2006 1:40 AM PDT
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I don't have an epson printer.

The printer I do have has a selftest feature.

It's hold some button in>turn on the printer>tap some other button 5 or 6 times and the printer runs a selftest and prints a page.

That kind of tells me that most of the printer is working

Does epson have such a thing?

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Silly question...
by jackintucson / April 7, 2006 7:08 AM PDT
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Did you unplug the power to the printer and plug it back in?


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