I have an R2400 that I am trying to resuscitate from a long hibernation, as an alternative to buying an R3000 (see separate thread). But I think it's dead. Qu: Am I right - is it dead?
The printer has been in storage for many years. I last used it with inks, carts and a CIS from a Hong Kong supplier (i.e. before I started using IJM products), and had no end of trouble with it. In frustration I put it in hibernation and went back to my 2100. Now that ten year old printer is giving me problems too, so I hoped that "new" carts from IJM would be the answer for the R2400. I actually bought these carts back in Nov 2010 planning to do this at some stage, so they're not brand new, but they were unused and still wrapped had been carefully stored.
I used the piezography cleaning kit to push some flush solution through the head and it seemed to be flowing ok. So I filled the carts with ConeColor and started it up. I had a lot of trouble getting clean nozzle checks and one colour was bleeding into another, which is a worrying sign of leaks. Then the PK cart drained itself.
Silly me I thought, you should have done a fully clean before you started it up, using the tips in that Dana C. video. So I did this. Copious amounts of flush on capping station, cleaned the wiper blade, gently clean under the head, push some more flush through the head for the problem colours. With a lot of QTR calibration patterns and head cleans I eventually got a 99.9% clean nozzle check and calibration print. But the next day the colours were bleeding again with gaps in some nozzle checks. Then I noticed that both the PK and Y carts had drained in less than 24 hours (others were still around 2/3 full).
What I haven't confessed to is how the printer was hibernated. I used a home-made cleaning solution that I got from the Yahoo Epson group many years ago in some unused CIS dampers. Over the time it evaporated completely or was absorbed somewhere, which would not have helped either. This solution may well have been too toxic and ruined the head. This seems most likely. Does this sound right to you? Have you heard of this before?
I assume the unused 4yo carts would be ok, non?
There is another possibility - the capping station has hardened and crusted and deteriorated to such an extent from the ink left on it for all these years that it is causing issues under the head. There were some hard areas, and I did my best to clean them with copious amounts of flush, and it seemed ok, but it is still a bit hard to the touch. I'm not sure how these are supposed to be when new. Can capping stations deteriorate and cause issues?
I'm sufficiently keen to avoid having to buy an R3000 (hard to print intermittently) that I'm thinking of getting the head and capping station replaced, even though it's not that economic.
Thanks for any insights.