| Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2007 19:25:03 +0100
| From: "Frank Duignan" <frank.duignan at gmail.com>
| I would have thought that it is more likely that ink has dried
| and solidified in the print head.
Possible, but the main reason I discount that theory is prior
to the total failure, occasionally nozzles would clog or dry.
When that happened: (1) the routine cleaning cycle fixed the
problem; and (2) it was never a _total_ failure (i.e., some
ink still made it onto the paper). This is a total failure.
There is no ink at all. (I originally said “little or no ink”,
which is a mistake. It is NO ink. None.)
| Tried a new print cartridge?
(I assume ink cartridges is meant.) Yes. No difference.
| Failing that, ink-jek is water soluble as far as I know.
Maybe, maybe not: The package and specifications don't say.
I just tried sprinkling some water on an admittedly quite old
printout to see what happens: ATM, nothing .... which might
not mean too much?
The specifications do, however, challenge my freezing theory:
• The ink doesn't freeze until -10℃, and it's never been
that cold (-1℃ or -2℃ is as cold as its gotten);
• When the ink thaws it apparently is Ok to use;
• The min. in-spec. operating temp. of the printer is c.10℃,
and it certainly has gotten (and been used?) colder than
that, albeit it can be stored at lower temps. _but_ without
• The manual recommends printing something at least once
a month, which very probably did not occur immediately
prior to the failure.
So it's not too clear just what happened: The ink perhaps did
not freeze, but the printer loaded with ink has gotten colder
(and for weeks at a time) than it should have, and was not used
as often as it should have been near the end.
| Can you clean it with damp cotton buds?
Dunno. I think I'll first wait for other suggestions (and do
some more searching (including for assembly drawings)); then
try warming up the printer (sans ink (and it's only c.10℃ in
the room right now so I must move it to warm it up)); and if
that doesn't work, perhaps try manually "cleaning" the head.
| On 31/03/07, Brian Foster <blf at blf.utvinternet.ie> wrote:
| > I've an Epson Stylus C84 Photo ink-jet printer which,
| > until about a year ago, worked fine. then, during(?)
| > a cold spell, it stopped: everything seems to be Ok
| > except little or no ink is on the paper. the usual
| > head-cleaning procedure does not help.
| > it's always been my belief that some ink froze inside
| > the printhead. I've no proof of that, but the room
| > it is in nominally does not have the heating on,
| > is nominally the coldest room in the apartment,
| > the printer was not used for multiple weeks prior to
| > its not working, and AFAICR, it worked fine until that
| > cold spell. unfortunately, letting the printer warm
| > up during last summer didn't help [ ... ]
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