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August 6, 2005 8:44:00 PM

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A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which was
printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed replacing and
he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning cycles
it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only half
full.
I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after cleaning
again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed the
red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to print
there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the printer
home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows the
red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning cycles.
It is obviously a fault on the printer
Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
Blair

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Anonymous
August 6, 2005 8:44:01 PM

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"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
>A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which was
> printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed replacing
> and
> he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
> cycles
> it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only half
> full.
> I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after cleaning
> again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
> left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
> the
> red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to print
> there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
> printer
> home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
> the
> red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning cycles.
> It is obviously a fault on the printer
> Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> Blair
>
>
It's such an ancient printer that it will probably cost more to repair than
to purchase a new one.
--
Cari (MS-MVP)
Printing & Imaging
August 6, 2005 10:10:32 PM

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As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy to
purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and down load
a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then print the
purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.

"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
> A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which was
> printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed replacing
and
> he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
cycles
> it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only half
> full.
> I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after cleaning
> again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
> left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
the
> red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to print
> there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
printer
> home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
the
> red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning cycles.
> It is obviously a fault on the printer
> Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> Blair
>
>
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August 7, 2005 1:39:03 AM

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I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what may be a
simple remedy.
I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on it will
not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
according to the book it cannot be used again.
It also cost £11.50!
Blair


"Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy to
> purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and down
load
> a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then print
the
> purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
>
> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which was
> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed replacing
> and
> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
> cycles
> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
half
> > full.
> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after cleaning
> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
> the
> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
print
> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
> printer
> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
> the
> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
cycles.
> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> > Blair
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
August 7, 2005 1:39:04 AM

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Blair

If you feel confident enough strip down the tray that holds the ink
cartridges to the point where the print head can be removed, then immerse
the head in approx 1/4" 'HOT' not boiling water for a short time. Using
kitchen roll after the soak press the head onto the tissue and repeat the
process until there is little or no ink on the tissue. I've still got a 600
Epson running as well as the day it was bought.

If you need further and I'm assuming the 400 is similar to the 600 I will
try and talk you through the process of getting the print head out.

Regards

"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D d3754$hg5$1@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
>I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what may be
>a
> simple remedy.
> I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on it
> will
> not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
> according to the book it cannot be used again.
> It also cost £11.50!
> Blair
>
>
> "Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
>> As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy to
>> purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and down
> load
>> a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then print
> the
>> purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
>>
>> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
>> news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which
>> > was
>> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
>> > replacing
>> and
>> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
>> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
>> cycles
>> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
> half
>> > full.
>> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
>> > cleaning
>> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
>> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
>> the
>> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
> print
>> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
>> printer
>> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
>> the
>> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
> cycles.
>> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
>> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
>> > Blair
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
August 7, 2005 1:39:04 AM

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Blair

If you feel confident enough strip down the tray that holds the ink
cartridges to the point where the print head can be removed, then immerse
the head in approx 1/4" 'HOT' not boiling water for a short time. Using
kitchen roll after the soak press the head onto the tissue and repeat the
process until there is little or no ink on the tissue. I've still got a 600
Epson running as well as the day it was bought.

If you need further and I'm assuming the 400 is similar to the 600 I will
try and talk you through the process of getting the print head out.

Regards

Scratch my back to reply..............................................

"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D d3754$hg5$1@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
>I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what may be
>a
> simple remedy.
> I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on it
> will
> not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
> according to the book it cannot be used again.
> It also cost £11.50!
> Blair
>
>
> "Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
>> As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy to
>> purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and down
> load
>> a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then print
> the
>> purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
>>
>> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
>> news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which
>> > was
>> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
>> > replacing
>> and
>> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
>> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
>> cycles
>> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
> half
>> > full.
>> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
>> > cleaning
>> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
>> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
>> the
>> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
> print
>> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
>> printer
>> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
>> the
>> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
> cycles.
>> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
>> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
>> > Blair
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
August 7, 2005 1:39:04 AM

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Doing what others have advised with the printhead may be worthwhile, but your
red light "may" be caused by the protection counter.
Try http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and use the utility to reset the
protection counter, if you are fortunate you will then be able to purge.
Be warned however that the waste ink pad may be getting close to full and you
may in the near future need to replace or clean it to avoid overflow.
Tony


"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote:
>I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what may be a
>simple remedy.
>I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on it will
>not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
>according to the book it cannot be used again.
>It also cost £11.50!
>Blair
>
>
>"Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
>news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
>> As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy to
>> purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and down
>load
>> a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then print
>the
>> purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
>>
>> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
>> news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which was
>> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed replacing
>> and
>> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
>> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
>> cycles
>> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
>half
>> > full.
>> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after cleaning
>> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
>> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
>> the
>> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
>print
>> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
>> printer
>> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
>> the
>> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
>cycles.
>> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
>> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
>> > Blair
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
August 7, 2005 10:00:07 AM

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Thanks to everyone who replied. Early this morning I decided to try and
release the black cartridge temporarily and reinstall it. The red light went
out I am back using the 400 again.!
I was afraid that the cartridge would be useless after reinstalling it but
all seems well.
I hate throwing devices on the scrap heap!
Blair

<Tony> wrote in message news:p art1of1.1.oyJiLXKBY%23b0Hg@ue.ph...
> Doing what others have advised with the printhead may be worthwhile, but
your
> red light "may" be caused by the protection counter.
> Try http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and use the utility to reset the
> protection counter, if you are fortunate you will then be able to purge.
> Be warned however that the waste ink pad may be getting close to full and
you
> may in the near future need to replace or clean it to avoid overflow.
> Tony
>
>
> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote:
> >I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what may
be a
> >simple remedy.
> >I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on it
will
> >not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
> >according to the book it cannot be used again.
> >It also cost £11.50!
> >Blair
> >
> >
> >"Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> >news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> >> As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy to
> >> purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and down
> >load
> >> a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then print
> >the
> >> purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
> >>
> >> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> >> news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
> >> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which
was
> >> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
replacing
> >> and
> >> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> >> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
> >> cycles
> >> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
> >half
> >> > full.
> >> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
cleaning
> >> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour
we
> >> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I
noticed
> >> the
> >> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
> >print
> >> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
> >> printer
> >> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still
shows
> >> the
> >> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
> >cycles.
> >> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
> >> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> >> > Blair
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> >>
>
August 7, 2005 3:33:13 PM

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I service a customers 600 from time to time and he is always removing and
replacing his carts after first use and has never had a problem.

"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D d44gi$bin$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Thanks to everyone who replied. Early this morning I decided to try and
> release the black cartridge temporarily and reinstall it. The red light
went
> out I am back using the 400 again.!
> I was afraid that the cartridge would be useless after reinstalling it but
> all seems well.
> I hate throwing devices on the scrap heap!
> Blair
>
> <Tony> wrote in message news:p art1of1.1.oyJiLXKBY%23b0Hg@ue.ph...
> > Doing what others have advised with the printhead may be worthwhile, but
> your
> > red light "may" be caused by the protection counter.
> > Try http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and use the utility to reset the
> > protection counter, if you are fortunate you will then be able to purge.
> > Be warned however that the waste ink pad may be getting close to full
and
> you
> > may in the near future need to replace or clean it to avoid overflow.
> > Tony
> >
> >
> > "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote:
> > >I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what may
> be a
> > >simple remedy.
> > >I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on it
> will
> > >not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
> > >according to the book it cannot be used again.
> > >It also cost £11.50!
> > >Blair
> > >
> > >
> > >"Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> > >news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> > >> As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy
to
> > >> purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and
down
> > >load
> > >> a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then
print
> > >the
> > >> purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
> > >>
> > >> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> > >> news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
> > >> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400
which
> was
> > >> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
> replacing
> > >> and
> > >> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> > >> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several
cleaning
> > >> cycles
> > >> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed
only
> > >half
> > >> > full.
> > >> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
> cleaning
> > >> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used
colour
> we
> > >> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I
> noticed
> > >> the
> > >> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried
to
> > >print
> > >> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought
the
> > >> printer
> > >> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still
> shows
> > >> the
> > >> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
> > >cycles.
> > >> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
> > >> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> > >> > Blair
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >>
> > >>
> >
>
>
August 7, 2005 6:02:36 PM

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I spoke too soon! After I had taken the printer back to my friend and
connected to his PC I had a communication problem with a large red cross
over the printer image.
I brought it back to my house again and found the same fault so have come o
the conclusion that the cable is faulty and my next stage is to buy a new
cable
Will let you know the result. Unless someone has a brighter idea
Blair

"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D d44gi$bin$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Thanks to everyone who replied. Early this morning I decided to try and
> release the black cartridge temporarily and reinstall it. The red light
went
> out I am back using the 400 again.!
> I was afraid that the cartridge would be useless after reinstalling it but
> all seems well.
> I hate throwing devices on the scrap heap!
> Blair
>
> <Tony> wrote in message news:p art1of1.1.oyJiLXKBY%23b0Hg@ue.ph...
> > Doing what others have advised with the printhead may be worthwhile, but
> your
> > red light "may" be caused by the protection counter.
> > Try http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and use the utility to reset the
> > protection counter, if you are fortunate you will then be able to purge.
> > Be warned however that the waste ink pad may be getting close to full
and
> you
> > may in the near future need to replace or clean it to avoid overflow.
> > Tony
> >
> >
> > "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote:
> > >I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what may
> be a
> > >simple remedy.
> > >I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on it
> will
> > >not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
> > >according to the book it cannot be used again.
> > >It also cost £11.50!
> > >Blair
> > >
> > >
> > >"Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> > >news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> > >> As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy
to
> > >> purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and
down
> > >load
> > >> a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then
print
> > >the
> > >> purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
> > >>
> > >> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> > >> news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
> > >> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400
which
> was
> > >> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
> replacing
> > >> and
> > >> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> > >> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several
cleaning
> > >> cycles
> > >> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed
only
> > >half
> > >> > full.
> > >> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
> cleaning
> > >> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used
colour
> we
> > >> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I
> noticed
> > >> the
> > >> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried
to
> > >print
> > >> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought
the
> > >> printer
> > >> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still
> shows
> > >> the
> > >> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
> > >cycles.
> > >> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
> > >> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> > >> > Blair
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >>
> > >>
> >
>
>
August 7, 2005 6:02:37 PM

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You could try putting a piece of selotape over the outlet of the cart, this
may allow the printer to think it's a new cart. I would only give this a
2-10 chance but worth a try. I am uncertain as which cable you are talking
about if the parallel cable try removing it several times from the printer
with the printer/computer switched off. it is somewhat rare for a parallel
cable to become faulty at the same time as the other problems you are
having.

"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D d50p8$hb4$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk...
> I spoke too soon! After I had taken the printer back to my friend and
> connected to his PC I had a communication problem with a large red cross
> over the printer image.
> I brought it back to my house again and found the same fault so have come
o
> the conclusion that the cable is faulty and my next stage is to buy a new
> cable
> Will let you know the result. Unless someone has a brighter idea
> Blair
>
> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> news:D d44gi$bin$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
> > Thanks to everyone who replied. Early this morning I decided to try and
> > release the black cartridge temporarily and reinstall it. The red light
> went
> > out I am back using the 400 again.!
> > I was afraid that the cartridge would be useless after reinstalling it
but
> > all seems well.
> > I hate throwing devices on the scrap heap!
> > Blair
> >
> > <Tony> wrote in message news:p art1of1.1.oyJiLXKBY%23b0Hg@ue.ph...
> > > Doing what others have advised with the printhead may be worthwhile,
but
> > your
> > > red light "may" be caused by the protection counter.
> > > Try http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and use the utility to reset the
> > > protection counter, if you are fortunate you will then be able to
purge.
> > > Be warned however that the waste ink pad may be getting close to full
> and
> > you
> > > may in the near future need to replace or clean it to avoid overflow.
> > > Tony
> > >
> > >
> > > "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote:
> > > >I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what
may
> > be a
> > > >simple remedy.
> > > >I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on
it
> > will
> > > >not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
> > > >according to the book it cannot be used again.
> > > >It also cost £11.50!
> > > >Blair
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >"Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> > > >news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> > > >> As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it
easy
> to
> > > >> purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and
> down
> > > >load
> > > >> a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then
> print
> > > >the
> > > >> purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
> > > >>
> > > >> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> > > >> news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
> > > >> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400
> which
> > was
> > > >> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
> > replacing
> > > >> and
> > > >> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the
same.
> > > >> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several
> cleaning
> > > >> cycles
> > > >> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed
> only
> > > >half
> > > >> > full.
> > > >> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
> > cleaning
> > > >> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used
> colour
> > we
> > > >> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I
> > noticed
> > > >> the
> > > >> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried
> to
> > > >print
> > > >> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought
> the
> > > >> printer
> > > >> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still
> > shows
> > > >> the
> > > >> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
> > > >cycles.
> > > >> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
> > > >> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> > > >> > Blair
> > > >> >
> > > >> >
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
August 8, 2005 3:19:33 PM

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

Please contact me at the address shown on this posting and I can send
you a copy of my Epson Cleaning Manual which will explain how to resolve
these problems in most cases.

There is no charge for this service.

Art

Blair wrote:

> A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which was
> printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed replacing and
> he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning cycles
> it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only half
> full.
> I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after cleaning
> again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
> left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed the
> red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to print
> there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the printer
> home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows the
> red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning cycles.
> It is obviously a fault on the printer
> Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> Blair
>
>
Anonymous
August 8, 2005 3:25:37 PM

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

As memory serves, I don't believe the Epson 400 uses the chipped
cartridges, is that correct?

In spite of what the manual says about removing cartridges, in most
cases with the older Epson printers, you can resolve the small problem
with an air lock using a procedure I can explain to you in private email.

You can then make up some cleaning cartridges to get things unclogged
and working fully before returning your ink cartridges to the printer.

Art


Blair wrote:

> I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what may be a
> simple remedy.
> I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on it will
> not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
> according to the book it cannot be used again.
> It also cost £11.50!
> Blair
>
>
> "Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
>
>>As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy to
>>purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and down
>
> load
>
>>a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then print
>
> the
>
>>purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
>>
>>"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
>>news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
>>
>>>A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which was
>>>printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed replacing
>>
>>and
>>
>>>he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
>>>I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
>>
>>cycles
>>
>>>it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
>
> half
>
>>>full.
>>>I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after cleaning
>>>again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
>>>left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
>>
>>the
>>
>>>red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
>
> print
>
>>>there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
>>
>>printer
>>
>>>home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
>>
>>the
>>
>>>red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
>
> cycles.
>
>>>It is obviously a fault on the printer
>>>Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
>>>Blair
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
August 8, 2005 3:29:20 PM

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

I strongly suggest against removing the head on Epson printers. They
can be easily damaged, and it is not necessary to unclog them. There
are much safer procedures.

One can also knock the head geometry off when removing or reinstalling
it, if other damage isn't done.

If there were no other alternative to cleaning the heads, I would say it
was a worthwhile pursuit, but since there are other methods to
accomplish the same thing, it seems an unnecessary risk.

Art

adgy wrote:

> Blair
>
> If you feel confident enough strip down the tray that holds the ink
> cartridges to the point where the print head can be removed, then immerse
> the head in approx 1/4" 'HOT' not boiling water for a short time. Using
> kitchen roll after the soak press the head onto the tissue and repeat the
> process until there is little or no ink on the tissue. I've still got a 600
> Epson running as well as the day it was bought.
>
> If you need further and I'm assuming the 400 is similar to the 600 I will
> try and talk you through the process of getting the print head out.
>
> Regards
>
> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
>>
Anonymous
August 8, 2005 3:37:54 PM

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The SC400 indicates waste ink pads full by blinking all four LEDS, so
the indication he is getting indicates "no ink cartridge installed, or
ink at end, black cartridge".

Art

Tony wrote:

> Doing what others have advised with the printhead may be worthwhile, but your
> red light "may" be caused by the protection counter.
> Try http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and use the utility to reset the
> protection counter, if you are fortunate you will then be able to purge.
> Be warned however that the waste ink pad may be getting close to full and you
> may in the near future need to replace or clean it to avoid overflow.
> Tony
>
>
> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote:
>
Anonymous
August 8, 2005 3:44:31 PM

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

Well, it sounds like you won't need my advice after all.. if you still
want a copy of the cleaning manual just email me privately.

Art

Blair wrote:

> Thanks to everyone who replied. Early this morning I decided to try and
> release the black cartridge temporarily and reinstall it. The red light went
> out I am back using the 400 again.!
> I was afraid that the cartridge would be useless after reinstalling it but
> all seems well.
> I hate throwing devices on the scrap heap!
> Blair
>
>
Anonymous
August 8, 2005 3:54:37 PM

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Assuming the printer is not showing all LEDs blinking, it should be working.

Try running the printer disconnected from the computer completely.

Run a printer test by pressing the Load/Eject button the same time you
press the on button (make sure there is paper in the printer.). After
you are done, just turn off the printer using the on/off button.

If you get the printer going this way without connection to the computer
chances are it is either a bad or loose cable connecting it, or an old
or corrupted driver. Try removing and reinstalling the current Epson
driver (use the one from Epson, not an out of box from your OS).

Art

Blair wrote:

> I spoke too soon! After I had taken the printer back to my friend and
> connected to his PC I had a communication problem with a large red cross
> over the printer image.
> I brought it back to my house again and found the same fault so have come o
> the conclusion that the cable is faulty and my next stage is to buy a new
> cable
> Will let you know the result. Unless someone has a brighter idea
> Blair
>
> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> news:D d44gi$bin$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
>
>>Thanks to everyone who replied. Early this morning I decided to try and
>>release the black cartridge temporarily and reinstall it. The red light
>
> went
>
>>out I am back using the 400 again.!
>>I was afraid that the cartridge would be useless after reinstalling it but
>>all seems well.
>>I hate throwing devices on the scrap heap!
>> Blair
>>
>><Tony> wrote in message news:p art1of1.1.oyJiLXKBY%23b0Hg@ue.ph...
>>
>>>Doing what others have advised with the printhead may be worthwhile, but
>>
>>your
>>
>>>red light "may" be caused by the protection counter.
>>>Try http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and use the utility to reset the
>>>protection counter, if you are fortunate you will then be able to purge.
>>>Be warned however that the waste ink pad may be getting close to full
>
> and
>
>>you
>>
>>>may in the near future need to replace or clean it to avoid overflow.
>>>Tony
>>>
>>>
>>>"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>>I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what may
>>
>>be a
>>
>>>>simple remedy.
>>>>I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on it
>>
>>will
>>
>>>>not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
>>>>according to the book it cannot be used again.
>>>>It also cost £11.50!
>>>>Blair
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>"Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
>>>>news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
>>>>
>>>>>As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it easy
>
> to
>
>>>>>purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and
>
> down
>
>>>>load
>>>>
>>>>>a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then
>
> print
>
>>>>the
>>>>
>>>>>purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
>>>>>
>>>>>"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
>>>>>news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
>>>>>
>>>>>>A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400
>
> which
>
>>was
>>
>>>>>>printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
>>
>>replacing
>>
>>>>>and
>>>>>
>>>>>>he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
>>>>>>I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several
>
> cleaning
>
>>>>>cycles
>>>>>
>>>>>>it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed
>
> only
>
>>>>half
>>>>
>>>>>>full.
>>>>>>I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
>>
>>cleaning
>>
>>>>>>again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used
>
> colour
>
>>we
>>
>>>>>>left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I
>>
>>noticed
>>
>>>>>the
>>>>>
>>>>>>red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried
>
> to
>
>>>>print
>>>>
>>>>>>there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought
>
> the
>
>>>>>printer
>>>>>
>>>>>>home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still
>>
>>shows
>>
>>>>>the
>>>>>
>>>>>>red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
>>>>
>>>>cycles.
>>>>
>>>>>>It is obviously a fault on the printer
>>>>>>Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
>>>>>>Blair
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
August 8, 2005 3:57:45 PM

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The sellotape has no effect on whether the printer thinks the cartridge
is new or not.

On non-chipped cartridges, the way the printer figures out it is a "new"
cartridge is by the cartridge being removed and reinstalled. There is a
small switch which is activated.

Art

Shooter wrote:

> You could try putting a piece of selotape over the outlet of the cart, this
> may allow the printer to think it's a new cart. I would only give this a
> 2-10 chance but worth a try. I am uncertain as which cable you are talking
> about if the parallel cable try removing it several times from the printer
> with the printer/computer switched off. it is somewhat rare for a parallel
> cable to become faulty at the same time as the other problems you are
> having.
>
> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> news:D d50p8$hb4$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk...
>
>>I spoke too soon! After I had taken the printer back to my friend and
>>connected to his PC I had a communication problem with a large red cross
>>over the printer image.
>>I brought it back to my house again and found the same fault so have come
>
> o
>
>>the conclusion that the cable is faulty and my next stage is to buy a new
>>cable
>>Will let you know the result. Unless someone has a brighter idea
>>Blair
>>
>>"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
>>news:D d44gi$bin$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
>>
>>>Thanks to everyone who replied. Early this morning I decided to try and
>>>release the black cartridge temporarily and reinstall it. The red light
>>
>>went
>>
>>>out I am back using the 400 again.!
>>>I was afraid that the cartridge would be useless after reinstalling it
>
> but
>
>>>all seems well.
>>>I hate throwing devices on the scrap heap!
>>> Blair
>>>
>>><Tony> wrote in message news:p art1of1.1.oyJiLXKBY%23b0Hg@ue.ph...
>>>
>>>>Doing what others have advised with the printhead may be worthwhile,
>
> but
>
>>>your
>>>
>>>>red light "may" be caused by the protection counter.
>>>>Try http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and use the utility to reset the
>>>>protection counter, if you are fortunate you will then be able to
>
> purge.
>
>>>>Be warned however that the waste ink pad may be getting close to full
>>
>>and
>>
>>>you
>>>
>>>>may in the near future need to replace or clean it to avoid overflow.
>>>>Tony
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>>I realise that it is an old printer but I hate to be beaten on what
>
> may
>
>>>be a
>>>
>>>>>simple remedy.
>>>>>I have a cleaning cart but at present as long as the red light is on
>
> it
>
>>>will
>>>
>>>>>not permit the cleaning cycle to start. Also if I remove the new cart
>>>>>according to the book it cannot be used again.
>>>>>It also cost £11.50!
>>>>>Blair
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>"Shooter" <photoman52003-shoot@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
>>>>>news:D d2ueo$q8u$1@nwrdmz03.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
>>>>>
>>>>>>As someone has said a very old printer, but that should make it
>
> easy
>
>>to
>>
>>>>>>purchase cleaning carts, if you decide to do this go to a site and
>>
>>down
>>
>>>>>load
>>>>>
>>>>>>a purge tiff, this will allow you to clean a couple of times then
>>
>>print
>>
>>>>>the
>>>>>
>>>>>>purge, providing the waste pads are not full it may work.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
>>>>>>news:D d2lrs$6vj$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk...
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400
>>
>>which
>>
>>>was
>>>
>>>>>>>printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
>>>
>>>replacing
>>>
>>>>>>and
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the
>
> same.
>
>>>>>>>I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several
>>
>>cleaning
>>
>>>>>>cycles
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed
>>
>>only
>>
>>>>>half
>>>>>
>>>>>>>full.
>>>>>>>I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
>>>
>>>cleaning
>>>
>>>>>>>again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used
>>
>>colour
>>
>>>we
>>>
>>>>>>>left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I
>>>
>>>noticed
>>>
>>>>>>the
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried
>>
>>to
>>
>>>>>print
>>>>>
>>>>>>>there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought
>>
>>the
>>
>>>>>>printer
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still
>>>
>>>shows
>>>
>>>>>>the
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
>>>>>
>>>>>cycles.
>>>>>
>>>>>>>It is obviously a fault on the printer
>>>>>>>Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
>>>>>>>Blair
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>
>>
>
>
August 9, 2005 9:38:12 AM

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Arthur Entlich <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote:
>The SC400 indicates waste ink pads full by blinking all four LEDS, so
>the indication he is getting indicates "no ink cartridge installed, or
>ink at end, black cartridge".
>
>Art
>
>Tony wrote:
>
>> Doing what others have advised with the printhead may be worthwhile, but
>>your
>> red light "may" be caused by the protection counter.
>> Try http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml and use the utility to reset the
>> protection counter, if you are fortunate you will then be able to purge.
>> Be warned however that the waste ink pad may be getting close to full and
>>you
>> may in the near future need to replace or clean it to avoid overflow.
>> Tony
>>
>>
>> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote:
>>
Art
The thought that possibly he has a protection counter issue was triggered by
the "red cross", ie unavailable or communication error. I have seen this happen
a few times with absolutely no light pattern to assist. Not on this particular
model as far as I can remember.
Tony
August 9, 2005 10:25:15 AM

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

Thank Arthur for all your advice
I removed the cartridge and installed it again and the red light went out!
I check the operation of the printer disconnected from the PC and it worked
correctly.
When I connected it to the PC I now get a large red cross against the image
of the printer showing a communication problem.
I brought the printer to my home and it showed the same red cross, so it may
be the parallel cable faulty. Is this likely?
Blair



"Arthur Entlich" <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote in message
news:9dHJe.141586$s54.93011@pd7tw2no...
> Please contact me at the address shown on this posting and I can send
> you a copy of my Epson Cleaning Manual which will explain how to resolve
> these problems in most cases.
>
> There is no charge for this service.
>
> Art
>
> Blair wrote:
>
> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which was
> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed replacing
and
> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
cycles
> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
half
> > full.
> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after cleaning
> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
the
> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
print
> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
printer
> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
the
> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
cycles.
> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> > Blair
> >
> >
August 9, 2005 10:25:16 AM

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

Blair - I had an Epson printer that was connected with a parallel cable
(before I had USB ports) and it worked well for a few years. When I
upgraded to a new computer I still had it connected with the parallel cable.
After a while it would only appear to be connected intermittently. After
switching cables and switching printers I found that the cable was ok and
the parallel port on the computer was ok. What was left was the parallel
port on the printer. I hooked it up with a USB cable and it worked just
fine. Could be the cable or the parallel connection on the printer itself.
Check it out.

"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D d9eni$mb9$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Thank Arthur for all your advice
> I removed the cartridge and installed it again and the red light went out!
> I check the operation of the printer disconnected from the PC and it
> worked
> correctly.
> When I connected it to the PC I now get a large red cross against the
> image
> of the printer showing a communication problem.
> I brought the printer to my home and it showed the same red cross, so it
> may
> be the parallel cable faulty. Is this likely?
> Blair
>
>
>
> "Arthur Entlich" <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote in message
> news:9dHJe.141586$s54.93011@pd7tw2no...
>> Please contact me at the address shown on this posting and I can send
>> you a copy of my Epson Cleaning Manual which will explain how to resolve
>> these problems in most cases.
>>
>> There is no charge for this service.
>>
>> Art
>>
>> Blair wrote:
>>
>> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which
>> > was
>> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
>> > replacing
> and
>> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
>> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
> cycles
>> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
> half
>> > full.
>> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
>> > cleaning
>> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
>> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
> the
>> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
> print
>> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
> printer
>> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
> the
>> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
> cycles.
>> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
>> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
>> > Blair
>> >
>> >
>
>
August 9, 2005 1:29:01 PM

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Thanks for your reply. Yes I am coming to the conclusion that it may be the
connector or the cable which is faulty.
Someone else has suggested that I should uninstall the software for the
printer and reinstall. I will do this first. before tackling the connector
and cable question.
I am not sure how I will check the cable itself. Any ideas?
Blair

"Burt" <sfbjgNOSPAM@pacbell.net> wrote in message
news:7oXJe.962$dk5.897@newssvr21.news.prodigy.com...
> Blair - I had an Epson printer that was connected with a parallel cable
> (before I had USB ports) and it worked well for a few years. When I
> upgraded to a new computer I still had it connected with the parallel
cable.
> After a while it would only appear to be connected intermittently. After
> switching cables and switching printers I found that the cable was ok and
> the parallel port on the computer was ok. What was left was the parallel
> port on the printer. I hooked it up with a USB cable and it worked just
> fine. Could be the cable or the parallel connection on the printer
itself.
> Check it out.
>
> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> news:D d9eni$mb9$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
> > Thank Arthur for all your advice
> > I removed the cartridge and installed it again and the red light went
out!
> > I check the operation of the printer disconnected from the PC and it
> > worked
> > correctly.
> > When I connected it to the PC I now get a large red cross against the
> > image
> > of the printer showing a communication problem.
> > I brought the printer to my home and it showed the same red cross, so it
> > may
> > be the parallel cable faulty. Is this likely?
> > Blair
> >
> >
> >
> > "Arthur Entlich" <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote in message
> > news:9dHJe.141586$s54.93011@pd7tw2no...
> >> Please contact me at the address shown on this posting and I can send
> >> you a copy of my Epson Cleaning Manual which will explain how to
resolve
> >> these problems in most cases.
> >>
> >> There is no charge for this service.
> >>
> >> Art
> >>
> >> Blair wrote:
> >>
> >> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which
> >> > was
> >> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
> >> > replacing
> > and
> >> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> >> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
> > cycles
> >> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
> > half
> >> > full.
> >> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
> >> > cleaning
> >> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour
we
> >> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I
noticed
> > the
> >> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
> > print
> >> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
> > printer
> >> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still
shows
> > the
> >> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
> > cycles.
> >> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
> >> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> >> > Blair
> >> >
> >> >
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
August 9, 2005 4:13:16 PM

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

It might be the cable, but they rarely fail. It could be the driver, as
I think I mentioned before, although it would be odd that both computers
were corrupted, unless they both have a similar conflict.

It is possible the parallel port is failing on the printer end, or that
you have the wrong parallel option set in your bios, or a driver setting
is incorrect. I assume the printer cable was working fine previously
with this printer.

Art

Blair wrote:

> Thank Arthur for all your advice
> I removed the cartridge and installed it again and the red light went out!
> I check the operation of the printer disconnected from the PC and it worked
> correctly.
> When I connected it to the PC I now get a large red cross against the image
> of the printer showing a communication problem.
> I brought the printer to my home and it showed the same red cross, so it may
> be the parallel cable faulty. Is this likely?
> Blair
>
>
>
> "Arthur Entlich" <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote in message
> news:9dHJe.141586$s54.93011@pd7tw2no...
>
>>Please contact me at the address shown on this posting and I can send
>>you a copy of my Epson Cleaning Manual which will explain how to resolve
>>these problems in most cases.
>>
>>There is no charge for this service.
>>
>>Art
>>
>>Blair wrote:
>>
>>
>>>A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which was
>>>printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed replacing
>
> and
>
>>>he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
>>>I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
>
> cycles
>
>>>it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
>
> half
>
>>>full.
>>>I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after cleaning
>>>again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
>>>left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
>
> the
>
>>>red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
>
> print
>
>>>there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
>
> printer
>
>>>home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
>
> the
>
>>>red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
>
> cycles.
>
>>>It is obviously a fault on the printer
>>>Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
>>>Blair
>>>
>>>
>
>
>
August 9, 2005 8:27:05 PM

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

I checked it by trying a different cable and also by using it to connect my
laser printer. I found that the cable was ok, as was the parallel port in
the computer. I had accumulated several parallel cables over the years -
just threw them away with other assorted computer junk - old keyboards,
mice, etc.- and I just substituted one I had stored away.

"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D d9pg4$tjd$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Thanks for your reply. Yes I am coming to the conclusion that it may be
> the
> connector or the cable which is faulty.
> Someone else has suggested that I should uninstall the software for the
> printer and reinstall. I will do this first. before tackling the connector
> and cable question.
> I am not sure how I will check the cable itself. Any ideas?
> Blair
>
> "Burt" <sfbjgNOSPAM@pacbell.net> wrote in message
> news:7oXJe.962$dk5.897@newssvr21.news.prodigy.com...
>> Blair - I had an Epson printer that was connected with a parallel cable
>> (before I had USB ports) and it worked well for a few years. When I
>> upgraded to a new computer I still had it connected with the parallel
> cable.
>> After a while it would only appear to be connected intermittently. After
>> switching cables and switching printers I found that the cable was ok and
>> the parallel port on the computer was ok. What was left was the parallel
>> port on the printer. I hooked it up with a USB cable and it worked just
>> fine. Could be the cable or the parallel connection on the printer
> itself.
>> Check it out.
>>
>> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
>> news:D d9eni$mb9$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> > Thank Arthur for all your advice
>> > I removed the cartridge and installed it again and the red light went
> out!
>> > I check the operation of the printer disconnected from the PC and it
>> > worked
>> > correctly.
>> > When I connected it to the PC I now get a large red cross against the
>> > image
>> > of the printer showing a communication problem.
>> > I brought the printer to my home and it showed the same red cross, so
>> > it
>> > may
>> > be the parallel cable faulty. Is this likely?
>> > Blair
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > "Arthur Entlich" <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote in message
>> > news:9dHJe.141586$s54.93011@pd7tw2no...
>> >> Please contact me at the address shown on this posting and I can send
>> >> you a copy of my Epson Cleaning Manual which will explain how to
> resolve
>> >> these problems in most cases.
>> >>
>> >> There is no charge for this service.
>> >>
>> >> Art
>> >>
>> >> Blair wrote:
>> >>
>> >> > A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which
>> >> > was
>> >> > printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
>> >> > replacing
>> > and
>> >> > he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
>> >> > I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
>> > cycles
>> >> > it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed
>> >> > only
>> > half
>> >> > full.
>> >> > I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
>> >> > cleaning
>> >> > again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour
> we
>> >> > left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I
> noticed
>> > the
>> >> > red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
>> > print
>> >> > there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
>> > printer
>> >> > home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still
> shows
>> > the
>> >> > red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
>> > cycles.
>> >> > It is obviously a fault on the printer
>> >> > Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
>> >> > Blair
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
August 9, 2005 8:59:04 PM

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

Yes the printer has been working for years with this connector.
Waiting for my friend to say he is back home so I can visit and do the
uninstalling
Blair



"Arthur Entlich" <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote in message
news:w51Ke.156472$5V4.66026@pd7tw3no...
> It might be the cable, but they rarely fail. It could be the driver, as
> I think I mentioned before, although it would be odd that both computers
> were corrupted, unless they both have a similar conflict.
>
> It is possible the parallel port is failing on the printer end, or that
> you have the wrong parallel option set in your bios, or a driver setting
> is incorrect. I assume the printer cable was working fine previously
> with this printer.
>
> Art
>
> Blair wrote:
>
> > Thank Arthur for all your advice
> > I removed the cartridge and installed it again and the red light went
out!
> > I check the operation of the printer disconnected from the PC and it
worked
> > correctly.
> > When I connected it to the PC I now get a large red cross against the
image
> > of the printer showing a communication problem.
> > I brought the printer to my home and it showed the same red cross, so it
may
> > be the parallel cable faulty. Is this likely?
> > Blair
> >
> >
> >
> > "Arthur Entlich" <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote in message
> > news:9dHJe.141586$s54.93011@pd7tw2no...
> >
> >>Please contact me at the address shown on this posting and I can send
> >>you a copy of my Epson Cleaning Manual which will explain how to resolve
> >>these problems in most cases.
> >>
> >>There is no charge for this service.
> >>
> >>Art
> >>
> >>Blair wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>>A friend asked me to help him with his Epson Stylus Color 400 which
was
> >>>printing very faintly and he thought that the cartridge needed
replacing
> >
> > and
> >
> >>>he bought and fitted a new Epson one . The results were the same.
> >>>I first of all started the cleaning cycle and after several cleaning
> >
> > cycles
> >
> >>>it printed perfectly although I noticed the ink indicated showed only
> >
> > half
> >
> >>>full.
> >>>I then tried the colour but one colour was very faint and after
cleaning
> >>>again there was no improvement. As my friend hardly ever used colour we
> >>>left it and went back to printing his documents in black when I noticed
> >
> > the
> >
> >>>red light was on continuously against the black and when we tried to
> >
> > print
> >
> >>>there was a large red cross over the printer. I have now brought the
> >
> > printer
> >
> >>>home with me and connected the printer to power only and it still shows
> >
> > the
> >
> >>>red light on against the black so I cannot carry out any cleaning
> >
> > cycles.
> >
> >>>It is obviously a fault on the printer
> >>>Can anyone suggest a remedy please.
> >>>Blair
> >>>
> >>>
> >
> >
> >
August 13, 2005 9:04:04 PM

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

The following are the facts:

1 The printer is working by itself OK Prints check prints

2 The printer cable when installed in another PC belonging to a friend which
has an Epson printer which works perfectly indicates a "communication
problem."

3 The printer cable from the other friends working PC when installed in the
problem PC set-up shows the following

3a Using the Epson status monitor there is a red sign which says the
printer is idle
Also "There was an error writing to LPT1. The printer is not ready.
Make sure it is turned on and online.

3b Using the print command I get a large red cross against the icon
of the printer and a statement "out of paper"

4 The printer cable when installed in my system indicates a communication
problem

I have carried out all the checks that have been suggested and I'm still
beaten!

Blair




"Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
news:D dajue$9v5$1@newsm1.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Yes the printer has been working for years with this connector.
> Waiting for my friend to say he is back home so I can visit and do the
> uninstalling
> Blair
>
>
>
> "Arthur Entlich" <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote in message
> news:w51Ke.156472$5V4.66026@pd7tw3no...
> > It might be the cable, but they rarely fail. It could be the driver, as
> > I think I mentioned before, although it would be odd that both computers
> > were corrupted, unless they both have a similar conflict.
> >
> > It is possible the parallel port is failing on the printer end, or that
> > you have the wrong parallel option set in your bios, or a driver setting
> > is incorrect. I assume the printer cable was working fine previously
> > with this printer.
> >
> > Art
> >

> >
Anonymous
August 14, 2005 1:25:19 AM

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

Blair wrote:

> The following are the facts:
>
> 1 The printer is working by itself OK Prints check prints

OK

>
> 2 The printer cable when installed in another PC belonging to a friend which
> has an Epson printer which works perfectly indicates a "communication
> problem."
>

So, to be clear... this is a parallel port to centronics cable, yes?
And it indicates a communication problem when used on a known good
computer and a known good printer? Do you know if the cable is
bi-directional or not? Obviously, something is wrong with this cable.

Which printer is your friend using?


> 3 The printer cable from the other friends working PC when installed in the
> problem PC set-up shows the following
>
> 3a Using the Epson status monitor there is a red sign which says the
> printer is idle
> Also "There was an error writing to LPT1. The printer is not ready.
> Make sure it is turned on and online.
>
> 3b Using the print command I get a large red cross against the icon
> of the printer and a statement "out of paper"
>

It is possible something happened that damaged the printer port either
on the computer or printer side. My guess is that the cable failed and
shorted something on one side or the other. I would not "test" the
cable elsewhere, because it might damage another computer or printer.

Possibly something happened to the computer or printer port and damaged
the cable, hard to know which direction... did you have any severe
lightning storms, surges, or other surprises recently? Have you tried
any other parallel device in the computer port?

Have you checked in control panel to see if the parallel port is
indicted as working correctly?

> 4 The printer cable when installed in my system indicates a communication
> problem

OK, obviously since the cable indicates a communication problem on a
known good computer and printer, and one that's unknown, the cable is
likely bad (bent pin, broken pin, failed pin to wire connection,
shorted wire, etc),

Since your printer doesn't work even with a known good cable, either
your computer's parallel port or the port on the printer is not working
correctly... is it possible a bad pin/socket on one side or other (bent
contact, dirty contact, etc?

You *might* want to try connecting a different printer with a known good
cable to your computer's parallel port, but there may be a risk of a
failure to the printer or cable if the ports are bad in some manner.
>

Unfortunately, you haven't done enough combinations of alternatives to
rule out something exclusively, but I can't vouch for the safety in
attempting to do so. I blew a computer power supply and some parts on
the mainboard of a Laserjet one many years ago by using an incorrectly
wired serial cable.

Art


> I have carried out all the checks that have been suggested and I'm still
> beaten!
>
> Blair
>
>
>
>
> "Blair" <darrach@coille.com> wrote in message
> news:D dajue$9v5$1@newsm1.svr.pol.co.uk...
>
>>Yes the printer has been working for years with this connector.
>>Waiting for my friend to say he is back home so I can visit and do the
>>uninstalling
>>Blair
>>
>>
>>
>>"Arthur Entlich" <e-printerhelp@mvps.org> wrote in message
>>news:w51Ke.156472$5V4.66026@pd7tw3no...
>>
>>>It might be the cable, but they rarely fail. It could be the driver, as
>>>I think I mentioned before, although it would be odd that both computers
>>>were corrupted, unless they both have a similar conflict.
>>>
>>>It is possible the parallel port is failing on the printer end, or that
>>>you have the wrong parallel option set in your bios, or a driver setting
>>>is incorrect. I assume the printer cable was working fine previously
>>>with this printer.
>>>
>>>Art
>>>
>
>
>
>
!