cleaning nozzles of Epson Photo R800 does not work

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by maria, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. maria

    maria Guest

    I cannot get my Epson Photo R800 to work properly. I just seem to get
    mediocre prints (whether photo or documents) and always have clogged
    nozzles. I am sure I have been through at least a cartridge of each colour
    just running nozzle checks and doing cleaning. It is driving me crazy as
    now I cannot rely on it at all, especially for work. Has anyone else had
    this problem? I will admit I am not using original Epson cartridges, but I
    don't think this is it, as I used them in the beginning and had the same

    maria, Sep 23, 2005
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    Jukka Aho Guest

    This piece of advice has worked well for me in the past:

    Here's a more involved method (which I have not tried myself):

    Additionally, you might want to try out the "SSC Service Utility", which
    allows resetting or freezing the ink counters, monitoring the ink
    levels, and has a smarter cleaning function than the built-in one in
    Epson drivers: <>.
    Jukka Aho, Sep 23, 2005
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    Stewy Guest

    Epson do not guarantee print quality with any other carts but their own.
    The ink is specially formulated to dry quickly.
    Epson sold you that printer at a loss, they know you'll spend a fortune
    forever more on their carts when you tire of trying alternatives.
    And each cart is chipped to make it impossible to use cheaper imported
    Epson carts from Japan.

    When you're ready to chuck the thing across the room, check up on Canon
    printers and save yourself big bucks in future
    Stewy, Sep 24, 2005
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    Peter Guest

    No. At least not with the R800.

    If you're using el-cheapo ink, expect poor results. Especially
    with high-end pigment inks like the R800 uses.

    Also, are you using the printer's power switch to turn it off and
    on? Using a power strip, or otherwise bypassing the printer's
    own switch to turn it off will not allow the head seals to engage,
    resulting in constantly clogged heads.

    Also, did you read the instructions on your ink cartridges?
    You're supposed to give each one several good shakes
    right before installing them, to settle the ink.

    We've had our R800 for almost a year now and haven't had
    a single clog, even though it often goes for weeks between
    Peter, Sep 24, 2005
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    maria Guest

    Thanks to everyone for the answers. They are really helpful. I was using
    Jettec ink, which is something like £50 for all 8 cartridges. I even just
    ordered a new set!! I think I will send them back and see how things go
    with original cartidges.
    maria, Sep 25, 2005
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    maria Guest

    The first method looks like you would end up using a huge amount of ink--
    15-20 cleanings would be an entire ink cartridge for me! (based on the
    amount of ink that goes when I just do three)

    The second method looks interesting, though involved as you say. I am
    going to start by replacing the cartridges with original Epson cartridges,
    but the ideas from everybody in the thread are very useful and I will see
    what works!

    thanks very much
    maria, Sep 25, 2005
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