Thanks for the response and hope you are feeling well soon. I did not realize you were the only one responding to tech support queries!
I did find the battery voltage for one of the Cone carts was very low, so replaced the battery in it and two others, just in case. The printer does recognize all the cartridges, but I cannot print a perfect test pattern; Y, VLM, LC and LK are all a mess, no matter how many times I clean the print heads with the Espon Utility.
I took a look at your YouTube video for cleaning the R3000 printer. I followed the instructions and easily performed the cleaning processes outlined in the video clip (cleaning the capping station, wiper blade and bottom of the print head). No change in the results. I used Piezo Flush solution I had on hand for my Epson 7900; I assume that was OK.
I reconditioned Epson R3000 printer, which I ordered from Epson, arrived today – I have yet to open it because I was hoping to repair my current R3000. The current printer is just over two years old and I print on it almost every weekday of the week.
Attached is a photo showing which cartridges are Epson, and which are Cone. The only Epson OEM carts are Y, VM & C.
Sorry for my mistaken typo in the original forum post. I first installed a new Cone LK cartridge, which at first was not recognized. Once it was recognized I then had problems with the MK cartridge being recognized (I tried both the Epson MK and the Cone MK). Sometimes I could make one print and then would get another error message “print cartridge not recognized”. Reinstalling it usually fixed it for at least one print. Now I have all the carts recognized, but the test print is a mess.
I will wait for your response before opening the newly reconditioned printer – but I have a feeling this R3000 is dead. This is my third R3000, and they typically last me only a couple of years or less.