Hi Dana, Jon &Co,
My saga continues, continued from the now-closed thread, "Epson 1400 ink bleed, and cartridge apparently won't reset". I ordered a new set of cartridges, a waste ink kit, a cleaning kit, and some light inks to even out my supply. Sadly, upon filling and installing the new yellow cartridge there was no change in the situation; the printer will not recognize the new yellow cartridge.
I have done everything I can think of and have read about to solve this: inspecting and cleaning contacts, removing and replacing ALL cartridges, etc., with no success; the printer will not recognize old or new IJM cartridges nor an empty Epson cartridge. In the process, I have read of many, many Epson users' experiences of this same kind of problem, with aftermarket and OEM cartridges alike, making me conclude it is likely a fault of the printer itself. As a result, I am leaning toward the glum conclusion that my printer is kaput. I would be considering obtaining another 1400 or 1430 so that my recent purchase of supplies does not go to waste, but frankly, given what I have found in my research, I am concerned that a new one would serve me no longer than my first (about 60 13x19s plus a few hundred b/w documents).
I know you have a lot of 1400s and perhaps also 1430s at IJM. Are they performing more reliably than mine? Do you have any unique tricks to try to revive my wayward printer, or can you reassure me from your experiences that buying a new 1400/1430 will probably work out okay? Thanks in advance for your insights.