So I’ve hit the dreaded failed head issue with my Epson 4900. I’ve gone through the Piezo Flush routine numerous times, tried the Windex routine, and done multiple regular head cleanings, all to no avail. Consistently nothing coming through any of the nozzles when doing a Print Check Pattern on either the LC or VLM channels. In fact, despite having run the Piezo Flush through three or four times using the initial fill program in the Service Program there appears to be no change in the level of the Piezo Flush in those two cartridges (LC and VLM). I’m considering using this printer for Piezography and there seems to be indications in various threads that even with two channels down you can remap the channels so QTR will function properly. I want to make sure this is correct before spending the money on the additional cartridges, inks and software for Piezography. I’m also interested to know if anyone else has done this successfully with this printer model after having had failed channels. Since two channels on the print head have failed, is it likely others soon will also (the printer is about 3.5 years old)? Any advice on this would be helpful. Thanks!
Converting 4900 With 2 Missing Channels to Piezography
Yes. You can re-map the channels properly. You are lucky that the channel pair (LC/VLM) went instead of two channels in two different pairs. Channel pairs fail together and when one channel goes its pair also tends to go. So now the damage is isolated in that pair.
The shades that normal go into the VLM and LC channels can be mapped to the Orange and Green channels.
You may find a thread I started a little while back helpful in figuring this out. http://www.inkjetmall.com/tech/showthread.php?2208-Epson-3800-Magenta-Clog-not-Yielding-to-PiezoFlush
I’m still very new at this but with the help I got on that thread and a follow-up one I was able to figure out how to re-map around the clogged magenta head on my Epson 3800.