[QUOTE=barpfoto;4110]i’ve done all the recommended steps. here’s a rundown:
15 pages later, not one drop on the paper, but somehow my cartridge is now only 1/3 full. [B]yes, i removed the breather plug.[/B]
[QUOTE=barpfoto;4132]these were my first set of cartridges. printer was bought in 2/14 and has probably run 40 prints, most of which have been on 8.5 x 11……so not a lot of use. the mk cart did not run totally dry. pk is also blocked based on my nozzle checks. not sure about pz level.
but…here’s an update. on thursday one of your folks recommended - after hearing all this - that i run 1 nozzle clean then let it set for 24 hours and try the purge page again. [B] i did, and almost immediately had a full page of black - but not full black - lines. to be more specific…it appeared that every other stroke was printing, and the ink didn’t seem full density[/B]. same thing in the text areas of the page. [B]i ran 10 pages of this and it was consistent every time,[/B] so i ran a nozzle check. nothing on the mk, barely any on the pk (i hadn’t mentioned the pk since i don’t ever use it).
as i was almost out of pzflsh in the mk cart i decided to try the rest and repeat trick, but haven’t been able to get back to it today (saturday). i’ll refill and try again tomorrow.
this all suggests to me that pzflsh has diffused into the line and head, mixing with ink already there, but not cleared the blockage completely.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=Dana-IJM;4187][B]From what you explain, it sounds like NO ink/flush is flowing from the black channel,[/B] which would be caused by a total blockage in either the damper or print head, [B]or the air vent plugs were not removed from the flush cartridges.[/B] If you have the same results and NO ink printing from the black channel in either MK or PK mode, then I suspect you’re dealing with a total blockage in the damper or print head- and my guess is the damper (without being there to see/inspect your printer myself). If your printer’s black channel is experiencing a total clog after just a few months of use, then you should contact Epson and have them replace your printer, as it’s still under warranty.
The printer’s ink level tracking in the cartridge is based on reading the chip, it tracks cleaning cycles, prints, etc… to count down the ink level- BUT, if no ink is flowing from the cartridge, then the cart will still be physically full, even though the printer estimates it’s lower due to the cleanings/prints it’s done. The printer can’t see inside the carts, and doesn’t track weights- it only reads the chips and tracks ink levels that way.
Best regards~ Dana[/QUOTE]
contacting epson may be my best option.