Epson C84 won't clean after repeated tries - Help??

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I did my first ink replacement of Cyan cartridge on my new epson C84
(I'm using Epson branded cart - not OEM). After 10 cleaning cycles, I
still get a broken line on the nozzle check. What's even more strange
is that the nozzle check pattern on the Cyan is always broken in the
same place. I have never seen this occur after cleaning an Epson. What
can i do to get this dog to work? Is something physically clogged that
I can fix (since it appears in the same place each time.)? Thanks
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    "Sam I Am" <lon@turner.com> wrote in message
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    > I did my first ink replacement of Cyan cartridge on my new epson C84
    > (I'm using Epson branded cart - not OEM). After 10 cleaning cycles, I
    > still get a broken line on the nozzle check. What's even more strange
    > is that the nozzle check pattern on the Cyan is always broken in the
    > same place. I have never seen this occur after cleaning an Epson. What
    > can i do to get this dog to work? Is something physically clogged that
    > I can fix (since it appears in the same place each time.)? Thanks


    With the lid open and the power off, turn the power on and when the head
    swings to the other side pull the power plug.
    On the right side you will see a small pad, this is where the head sits when
    the printer is off.
    Put a small amount of window cleaner (1cc) on the small pad and plug the
    printer in. Turn off the printer and let sit over night. This should
    dissolve the clog in the nozzles.
    Run a nozzle check the next day, if it didn't work repeat.
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    Hi Scram

    Does this procedure work on a 740i? I put a new cartridge in and the colour
    light stays on?

    I tried putting the old cartridge back in the printer (because I have a
    utility which shows that there was actually quite a bit of ink left in all
    three supplies, but no amount of running cleaning cycles or turning off and
    on I could do would stop the EMPTY colour ink light from blinking) but
    nothing changes. The colour light stays on and nothing I can do now by
    cleaning, turning on or off or leaving off for ten minutes an dthen turning
    it on will assist.

    I have had this printer for about four months and altohugh I have managed
    to get it to print black and white and occasionally colour (and on one
    occasion, it even printed a color photo) it has never consistently printed
    properly, it has always given these presumably incorrect error messages. On
    one occasion it told me that the waste pad had filled up and Epson technical
    support told me that that meant I had to buy a new printer. I cleaned it
    out, downloaded an SSC utility to reset the ink waste indicator (although I
    never did find out how it did this and the utility never did tell me that it
    had done this??) and the printer then worked for a few weeks (and that was
    when it did actually print a colour photo!!!) but now I am back to the
    printer not actually working at all on any cartridges whether I am trying to
    use black or colour. Is this a case of a defective cartridge or do I have
    to windex some clogged nozzles or heads as you suggest?

    Someone said that you CANNOT ever put a cartridge back in an Epson printer
    when you have taken it out for whatever reason without introducing air
    bubbles into the nozzles which you can't then get rid of, AND that waiting
    more than a few days with these air bubbles in place will irretrievably
    damage the printer because Epson printers are especially susceptible to
    drying out the ink around the air bubbles (or the air bubbles themselves dry
    the ink which THEN cannot be cleaned). Is this an inherent fault with all E
    pson printers?

    The SSC utility now tells me (on any number of resettings) that the
    cartridge is actually full so I know that the colour light isnt indicative
    of an empty cartridge. Will this thing windex or Ammonia clean?


    "scram" <scram@anon.com> wrote in message
    news:EbYlc.67547$Jy3.10193@fed1read03...
    >
    > "Sam I Am" <lon@turner.com> wrote in message
    > news:cvdg90dh5v43riu25o2ptesefabr74ib1u@4ax.com...
    > > I did my first ink replacement of Cyan cartridge on my new epson C84
    > > (I'm using Epson branded cart - not OEM). After 10 cleaning cycles, I
    > > still get a broken line on the nozzle check. What's even more strange
    > > is that the nozzle check pattern on the Cyan is always broken in the
    > > same place. I have never seen this occur after cleaning an Epson. What
    > > can i do to get this dog to work? Is something physically clogged that
    > > I can fix (since it appears in the same place each time.)? Thanks
    >
    >
    > With the lid open and the power off, turn the power on and when the head
    > swings to the other side pull the power plug.
    > On the right side you will see a small pad, this is where the head sits
    when
    > the printer is off.
    > Put a small amount of window cleaner (1cc) on the small pad and plug the
    > printer in. Turn off the printer and let sit over night. This should
    > dissolve the clog in the nozzles.
    > Run a nozzle check the next day, if it didn't work repeat.
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    > Does this procedure work on a 740i? I put a new cartridge in and the
    colour
    > light stays on?
    >
    > The SSC utility now tells me (on any number of resettings) that the
    > cartridge is actually full so I know that the colour light isnt
    indicative
    > of an empty cartridge. Will this thing windex or Ammonia clean?

    No, this procedure only works to unclog physical obstructions (dried ink).
    You need to get Epson to take it back. They should have you try a few things
    to fix it.

    Don't tell them you used the SSC utility. In fact make sure you can get to
    the Epson monitor so only that monitor is in your systray and not the SSC
    monitor (they can interfere with other). Ink levels should be indicated in
    the Epson monitor.

    Luck
  4. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    "Sam I Am" <lon@turner.com> wrote in message
    news:cvdg90dh5v43riu25o2ptesefabr74ib1u@4ax.com...
    > I did my first ink replacement of Cyan cartridge on my new epson C84
    > (I'm using Epson branded cart - not OEM). After 10 cleaning cycles, I
    > still get a broken line on the nozzle check. What's even more strange
    > is that the nozzle check pattern on the Cyan is always broken in the
    > same place. I have never seen this occur after cleaning an Epson. What
    > can i do to get this dog to work? Is something physically clogged that
    > I can fix (since it appears in the same place each time.)? Thanks

    If it tends to clog in the same place, same colour cartridge, that would
    maybe indicate ink starvation (micro-bubbles) in the feeder system. Often
    using say Windolene (Windex USA) which is an Ammonia solvent for dye based
    inks does help. Epson original cartridges... Ho Ho dodgy business as they
    are made all over in sweat shop economies. You probably have Malayan bat
    droppings in the mix :-) Although the 84 uses pigmented inks the solvent
    often works on this as well.
    If a few drops - left to sit overnight - on the parking pad doesn't shift it
    a more drastic solution is to use the old cartridge and refill it with the
    Windolene: the instant kitchen wipe down liquids function as well. A few
    pages printed with this will clean from within and shift possible encrusted
    paper waste or resin deposits.
    For instance the JetTec cartridges that I distribute now include a cartridge
    flush and head cleaner for free with each ink refill pack. I don't suppose
    Epson would want to do that to avoid the admission that Peizo- electric
    heads can clog. If it is the standard capacity cartridge ( 8ml) they have
    been known to contain little ink. They come in JetTec speak as 13ml or the
    black Hi-capacity containing 30 ml.
    Tony
    --
    Inkylink JetTec UK Quality - Wot others wanna-be
    Epson C64/ C84 Lighfast (30% more free) pigmented inks.
    Canon BCI-3 i560 i750 BCI-6 i865 S-820 / S-900 series.
    Specialist ink refill kits... http://www.inkylink.co.uk
    remove pants for personal mail

    >
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    I wonder if that is my problem: I did accidentally tell Epson that I have
    the SSC utility but it / the SSC monitor only activates when I activate it

    But I havent actually GOT an Epson monitor?? Neither of these appears in my
    systray unless I start the SSC application? Nowhere in my
    start-programs-epson nor in the printers-properties? The printer did print
    out a page sized photo properly once a few months ago so I find it a bit
    difficult to beleive that there is anything amiss with the ink levels but
    since then I havent used the colours at all and am wondering if EITHER the
    cartridge is actually dry and the SSC utility is just wrong and the red
    light is merely telling me that the colour cartridge is out of ink OR the
    nozzles are in fact clogged (possbly through lack of use) and I need to
    spray Windex on them over the course of a few overnight sessions and turn
    the unit on and off a few times to activate that self-cleaning function?
    (which is actuallly how I managed to get the printer to print out that page
    when I did manage to get it to print the photo)


    "scram" <scram@anon.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > > Does this procedure work on a 740i? I put a new cartridge in and the
    > colour
    > > light stays on?
    > >
    > > The SSC utility now tells me (on any number of resettings) that the
    > > cartridge is actually full so I know that the colour light isnt
    > indicative
    > > of an empty cartridge. Will this thing windex or Ammonia clean?
    >
    > No, this procedure only works to unclog physical obstructions (dried ink).
    > You need to get Epson to take it back. They should have you try a few
    things
    > to fix it.
    >
    > Don't tell them you used the SSC utility. In fact make sure you can get to
    > the Epson monitor so only that monitor is in your systray and not the SSC
    > monitor (they can interfere with other). Ink levels should be indicated in
    > the Epson monitor.
    >
    > Luck
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    > nozzles are in fact clogged (possbly through lack of use) and I need to
    > spray Windex on them over the course of a few overnight sessions and turn
    > the unit on and off a few times to activate that self-cleaning function?

    Windex will not cure the lights, your printer can not tell if it is
    clogged.

    Epson should stand behind their warranty.
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    Thanks I'll try this,. I assume that the pad is the one on the FAR
    right that sits higher than the one sitting just to the left of it.
    Correct?


    On Tue, 4 May 2004 19:20:35 -0700, "scram" <scram@anon.com> wrote:

    >
    >"Sam I Am" <lon@turner.com> wrote in message
    >news:cvdg90dh5v43riu25o2ptesefabr74ib1u@4ax.com...
    >> I did my first ink replacement of Cyan cartridge on my new epson C84
    >> (I'm using Epson branded cart - not OEM). After 10 cleaning cycles, I
    >> still get a broken line on the nozzle check. What's even more strange
    >> is that the nozzle check pattern on the Cyan is always broken in the
    >> same place. I have never seen this occur after cleaning an Epson. What
    >> can i do to get this dog to work? Is something physically clogged that
    >> I can fix (since it appears in the same place each time.)? Thanks
    >
    >
    >With the lid open and the power off, turn the power on and when the head
    >swings to the other side pull the power plug.
    >On the right side you will see a small pad, this is where the head sits when
    >the printer is off.
    >Put a small amount of window cleaner (1cc) on the small pad and plug the
    >printer in. Turn off the printer and let sit over night. This should
    >dissolve the clog in the nozzles.
    >Run a nozzle check the next day, if it didn't work repeat.
    >
  8. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    >If a few drops - left to sit overnight - on the parking pad doesn't shift it
    >a more drastic solution is to use the old cartridge and refill it with the

    Are there instructions somewhere on how to refill an old C84
    cartridge??

    On Wed, 5 May 2004 09:09:02 +0100, "Tony" <webfive@pantsaah-haa.com>
    wrote:

    >
    >
    >"Sam I Am" <lon@turner.com> wrote in message
    >news:cvdg90dh5v43riu25o2ptesefabr74ib1u@4ax.com...
    >> I did my first ink replacement of Cyan cartridge on my new epson C84
    >> (I'm using Epson branded cart - not OEM). After 10 cleaning cycles, I
    >> still get a broken line on the nozzle check. What's even more strange
    >> is that the nozzle check pattern on the Cyan is always broken in the
    >> same place. I have never seen this occur after cleaning an Epson. What
    >> can i do to get this dog to work? Is something physically clogged that
    >> I can fix (since it appears in the same place each time.)? Thanks
    >
    >If it tends to clog in the same place, same colour cartridge, that would
    >maybe indicate ink starvation (micro-bubbles) in the feeder system. Often
    >using say Windolene (Windex USA) which is an Ammonia solvent for dye based
    >inks does help. Epson original cartridges... Ho Ho dodgy business as they
    >are made all over in sweat shop economies. You probably have Malayan bat
    >droppings in the mix :-) Although the 84 uses pigmented inks the solvent
    >often works on this as well.

    >Windolene: the instant kitchen wipe down liquids function as well. A few
    >pages printed with this will clean from within and shift possible encrusted
    >paper waste or resin deposits.
    >For instance the JetTec cartridges that I distribute now include a cartridge
    >flush and head cleaner for free with each ink refill pack. I don't suppose
    >Epson would want to do that to avoid the admission that Peizo- electric
    >heads can clog. If it is the standard capacity cartridge ( 8ml) they have
    >been known to contain little ink. They come in JetTec speak as 13ml or the
    >black Hi-capacity containing 30 ml.
    >Tony
  9. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    > Thanks I'll try this,. I assume that the pad is the one on the FAR
    > right that sits higher than the one sitting just to the left of it.
    > Correct?

    I have a C64 which is supposed to be identical except for the extra capacity
    black cartridges and there is one pad in the middle with a brush to the
    right of that.
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