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Re: "Chicken-egg" printer problem



Rodolfo Medina <rodolfo.medina@gmail.com> writes:

> I'm facing the following odd problem:
>
> when I do: `escputil -c' to clean the printer's heads, the output looks good:
>
> $ escputil -c -r /dev/usb/lp0
> Escputil version 5.0.2, Copyright (C) 2000-2006 Robert Krawitz
> Escputil comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type 'escputil -l'
> This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
> under certain conditions; type 'escputil -l' for details.
>
> Cleaning heads...
>
>
> , but then nothing happens and the heads are not cleaned.  I suspect this
> happens because the ink is short and the system is waiting for it to finish
> completely.  But then I have the following problem:
>
> 1) until the ink is not finished, I can't clean heads;
>
> 2) until the heads are not cleaned, the paper is left blank and so the ink is
>    not used up and cannot finish.
>
> What to do in this case?  From cups mailing list I got no indications.



Camaleón <noelamac@gmail.com> writes:

> If your ink levels are so low that cleaning is not possible, replace the 
> ink cartridges. I suppose you can force a "replacement" :-?



Rodolfo Medina <rodolfo.medina@gmail.com> writes:

>> I don't know how: until the ink is completely finished, the cartridges
>> won't reach the replacement position.  :(


Camaleón <noelamac@gmail.com> writes:

> If you have no way to force a replacement, just print 100 copies of a 
> multi-colored image to empty the cartridges :-P



On 10/18/2010 05:33 PM, Rodolfo Medina wrote:

>> But it's just this the problem: as I said, the paper is left blank because
>> the
>> heads are dirty, both black and coloured print.


Eduardo M KALINOWSKI <eduardo@kalinowski.com.br> writes:

> Maybe the ink has dried, then there's not much you can do.
>
> Regardless of the cause, can't you just replace the cartidge?


Camaleón <noelamac@gmail.com> writes:

> You don't get "any" colour? Neither black or greyish? Nada? :-?

No, nothing.



> Then try with these steps:
>
> http://support.epson-europe.com/onlineguides/en/sc20/ref_g/ink_1.htm


Those steps require the cartridges to be completely empty, otherwise the heads
won't reach the replacement position:

      "Do not move the print head by hand, as this may damage the
       printer. Always press the  maintenance button to move it."

Rodolfo


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